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Department of Social Work
1339 Wahnish Way
300 Benjamin Banneker, Building B
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Advanced Standing Process & Guidelines

Applicants holding a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited undergraduate program may request consideration for “Advanced Graduate Standing” (the waiver of specific foundation courses).

To qualify for Advanced Standing, you must:
  • Must hold a BSW degree from a CSWE accredited program (the program must have been accredited at the time of graduation)
  • Must have completed the BSW degree within five years of your application to Florida A&M University’s Department of Social Work
  • Must have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or above (A=4.0) for the last 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) of social work coursework. (No more than one C in a practice course.)
  • One of your three MSW admissions references includes your faculty advisor or the chairperson of the Social Work Department at your undergraduate college or university
  • Must provide the Department of Social Work a copy of your official undergraduate transcript
  • Must have been unconditionally accepted into the MSW program
Special Note: If you have met all of the above requirements you are eligible to apply as an Advanced Standing student

How to apply for Advanced Standing:

Click Here: Advanced Standing Application (All Advanced Standing applications must be submitted by the below deadline)

The Outcome:

  1. You may be waived from any or all of the MSW foundation courses – up to 33 credit hours –which repeat content that you already mastered in your undergraduate program.  The materials from each applicant are evaluated individually.  Waivers are not automatic.
  2. An individualized plan of study will be developed to guide you in completing any required foundation courses and beginning your advanced concentration courses. In most cases, your course work will begin the fall semester for which you were admitted.
  3. All applicants must participate in an interview for admission into the MSW program

The MSW Program Director, in consultation with faculty, will assess competencies already achieved for students requesting advanced standing.  Deadlines must be met (June 1st) to allow adequate time for review of materials and to arrange for special advising. Deadlines are subject to change.