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MSW Advanced Standing

Erikson lets you leverage your existing credentials.

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Your Advancement Made Easier and More Cost Effective

You can accelerate your career here. Our Advanced Standing option allows our MSW graduate students to bypass select courses, while giving you the knowledge and tools to advance your career.

If you have completed a bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) program within six years of your conferral, you may be eligible to waive up to 25 credit hours pending a transcript review.

Pick from two available concentrations and complete your degree in as little as two years.

Erikson’s Advanced Standing Puts You on a Faster Track

Gain a competitive edge by entering the workforce faster, and with more opportunity for career advancement.

Year Program
Credit Hours Waived At Most
100 +
Field Placement Opportunities
55 +
Years of Pioneering Work in Child Development

Why Erikson

Earn Your Master of Social Work in a Program Made For You

Enhance the wellbeing of all people with an MSW degree designed for those with a BSW.

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Hybrid or Online

Choose what works best for your life and schedule.

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Reduce Expense

With advanced standing, earn Erikson credentials in a streamlined program.

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Career Services

Lean into Erikson’s comprehensive career advancement support.

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Self-Reflective Supervision Seminars

Gain a professional toolkit so you can be your most effective. Learn resilience and healthy professional practices alongside experienced practitioners.

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Faculty Experts

Collaborate with our nationally recognized faculty, build a respected network of field experts, and learn from the field’s leading voices.

MSW concentrations

Choose From 2 High-Demand MSW Concentrations

Each concentration allows you to delve deep into a key area of child development. You’ll build a toolkit of new skills to help you thrive in this demanding field.

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Learn how to support children, adolescents, and adults through evidence-based and developmentally appropriate interventions and strategies. Available Hybrid and Online.

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Find out how to support the mental, emotional, and physical health and development of children from birth to age 5 and their families. Available Hybrid and Online.

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Look Into Erikson’s Robust Financial Support & Scholarship Options

With dozens of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, our team is here to help you make your graduate education more affordable.

Based on your unique professional goals, we can help you understand tuition and expenses, and identify possible financial support opportunities.

Financial Aid Options  Tuition and Fees


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Apply Now for Priority Scholarship Considerations

Applications received by March 15th (for Fall) and November 15th (for Spring) will receive primary consideration for scholarship awards.


MSW Advanced Standing FAQs

Here are answers to frequently asked questions.

Applicants must:

  • Have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) program.
  • Have attained an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a BSW field instructor.
  • Submit a field evaluation indicating the applicant has met at least 75 percent proficiency (e.g. 3 on a 4 point like scale) and fulfilled a minimum of 400 field hours.

Seven generalist courses (19 credits) as long as you received a B or better in the course:

  • Social and Emotional Development II (equivalent to HBSEII) (3 credits)
  • Family and Culture (equivalent to most diversity courses) (3 credits)
  • Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Proseminar II (equivalent to Introduction to Social Work) (1 credits)
  • Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups I (equivalent to Practice I) (3 credits)
  • Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups II (equivalent to Practice II) (3 credits)
  • Youth, Community, and Systems Change (equivalent to Policy I (3 credits)
  • Generalist field placement and seminar (6 credits)