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

Advanced Standing Students

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:

  1. Have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (based on A = 4.0 scale) for the last 60 semester credit hours (or 90 quarter hours) of your total academic work; and
  2. Have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (where A = 4.0) for all undergraduate social work courses; and
  3. Have earned a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program within the last five years; and
  4. No more than one (1) "C" in all practice courses; and
  5. Interview if necessary.

How to apply for advanced standing:

  1. Request the “Application for Advanced Standing” from the MSW program and mail it in with your social work admission application.  All documents are to be returned to the Department of Social Work to the attention of the Graduate Admissions Committee.  
  2. At least one of your three references for your application must be from your faculty advisor or from the Chairperson of the Social Work Department at your college or university.
  3. Upon acceptance into the MSW program, you will be asked to supply copies of your undergraduate research papers, field education contracts/plans, field evaluations, college catalog, and course syllabi, unless the Department of Social Work at Florida A & M University has them on file for your BSW degree.  Please check with the Department of Social Work to see if your materials are on file.  Advanced standing waivers are assessed after your acceptance into the graduate social work program.

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.

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