Advanced standing option saves time and money for Master of Social Work students

For the first time in Erikson’s history, a two-year, advanced standing option is now available for students seeking a master’s degree in social work. Open to those who have already earned their bachelor of social work (BSW), students save time and money by receiving credit for their BSW experience. The accelerated option allows students to bypass select courses while giving them the tools they need to advance their career.

Erikson’s unique MSW program gives students a firm grounding in child development, which provides a solid foundation for understanding behavior in people of all ages. Students prepare for the workforce by choosing from concentrations customized around their interests, including counseling and advocacy. With an emphasis on social justice, relationship-based education, and reflective practice, students will be able to put their passion to work with the help of over 100 field placement opportunities throughout the Chicago area.

A recent survey of 2017 Erikson alumni revealed that 97 percent were working in the field within six months after commencement, and that an Erikson degree gave them professional credibility in their field. Additionally, 94 percent agreed that their Erikson education set them up for a successful career.

Hannah Bowen, MSW 2018, found Erikson’s reflective, relationship-based approach to be valuable in her career path upon graduation. Bowen is the recipient of a prestigious fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center.

“The self-awareness that reflection fosters helps not only in practice, but is a valuable tool that employers, agencies, and those in academia look for in social workers especially,” Bowen said.

Erikson’s MSW program is the only relationship-based curricula of its kind. Small class sizes guarantee personal attention from Erikson’s renowned faculty.

“Through a wide variety of course offerings that address youth, children, and adults across the life span, students will experience an interdisciplinary cadre of experts in the field.  When you graduate from Erikson you will not only be prepared, you’ll be Erikson prepared,” said Cassandra McKay-Jackson, Director of the MSW Program.

Erikson understands the commitment it takes to advance your career so they are offering scholarships of up to $15,000 per student.  The program also offers flexibility of evening and online classes to meet your schedule.

Application deadlines are November 1 for the program beginning in January 2019, and accepted on a rolling basis for those interested in the fall 2019 semester.  It’s not too late to apply.  With Erikson’s expedited application process, you will receive an admission decision within 1 week.

Apply for the MSW advanced standing option here or contact Candace Williams at 312-893-7144.