Advanced Standing — BSW to MSW

The Masters in Social Work Advanced Standing program enables full-time students to complete their MSW at George Fox in nine months.

Students who already have a bachelor's degree in social work (BSW) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) can apply for admission to the Master of Social Work Advanced Standing program, which enables full-time students to complete their MSW at George Fox in nine months. This is possible due of the functional equivalency of accredited BSW programs and the foundation year of the MSW program as outlined by the CSWE.

Admission Considerations

Preference will be given in admitting to Advanced Standing those students who completed their BSW no more than five years before applying. Students who completed their BSW more than five years before applying to the MSW program must demonstrate that they have engaged in continuing education and professional social work practice during a majority of the years since. In addition to the standard graduate social work application, decisions about their admission to the Advanced Standing program will be based on:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in all social work coursework
  • One academic reference from your BSW program director, one professional reference, and one reference from your BSW field director or field supervisor required
    • Note: If your BSW program director is no longer available or would not be able to write a knowledgeable reference on your behalf, you may seek a reference from another faculty member within your BSW program
  • A copy of the Field Evaluation from BSW social work field experience(s) documenting satisfactory generalist practice experience and skills in the internship

While prospective students may be admitted conditionally based on their performance in the field, full admission is contingent upon receipt of the final field evaluation.