Advanced Standing Admissions

The advanced standing MSW@USC is a 35-credit program for applicants who already hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). The program can be completed on a full-time (three semesters) basis in as little as one year. A part-time (five semesters) option is also available.

Students in the advanced standing program begin their studies with a 3-credit bridge course and then move on to concentration coursework. Learn more about the curriculum for the advanced standing program here.

The admissions standards for the MSW@USC advanced standing program are the same as those for our on-campus program, and we seek applicants who are motivated to succeed in a challenging master’s degree program.

We offer start dates throughout the year. Please refer to application deadlines below.

September 2015 Advanced Standing Program
Priority Deadline July 6, 2015
Application Deadline July 20, 2015
Classes Begin August 31, 2015


Application Requirements

You must complete the online application and submit all supporting documentation by the deadline in order to be considered for admission.

To apply for the advanced standing program, your letters of recommendation must come from a professor from you BSW program and your agency field placement supervisor. You may submit a third optional recommendation from an academic or professional reference. These individuals should indicate they are recommending you specifically for the advanced standing program.

You can see the application requirements here.


Eligibility requirements for the advanced standing MSW@USC program are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited school of social work earned within the past five years
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 in all social work courses

Acceptance into the advanced standing program is not guaranteed. Admission is competitive, and the Virtual Academic Center only accepts a limited number of advanced standing students.

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