MSW Advanced Standing

If students have earned a BSW, they may be awarded up to 19 credits for their BSW course work.


The following requirements apply:

  • The student earned a BSW from a Council on Social Work Education–accredited institution or program within the past six years.
  • The content of each course is consistent with the Brown School's MSW course work.
  • The student received a grade of B or higher in the course.

Courses Eligible for Advanced Standing Credit (up to 19 credits)

SWCR 5007Research Methods with Statistical Applications3
SWCR 5011Human Behavior3
SWCR 5040Social Welfare Policies and Services3
SWCR 5038Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families & Groups3
SWCR 5039Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities3
SWPR 5006MSW Foundation Practicum I 3
SWPR 5102MSW Integrative Foundation Field Seminar1
Total Units19

Advanced Standing MSW Curriculum

MSW students who are awarded advanced standing complete at least 39 credits of course work at the Brown School, depending on the number of advanced standing credits awarded. The curriculum includes a required 4-credit Bridge Course that occurs in the month of August prior to the fall semester.

The curriculum listed below is based on a student receiving 19 advanced standing credits from the list of courses above. If a student does not receive advanced standing credit for a course, it will be added to the required course work.

Requirements Units
Bridge to Brown - August prior to fall start 4 credits
Concentration* 21 credits
Theory, Problems, and Issues 3
Social Policy 3
Practice Methods 9
Evaluation 3
Leadership and Management 3
Concentration Practicum 5 credits
Electives** 9 credits
Elective I 3
Elective II 3
Elective III 3

Specific course options vary according to the concentration a student pursues.


Electives may be used to earn an optional specialization or to take other graduate course work.

Note: The MSW Advanced Standing curriculum and required credits are subject to change.

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