MSW Advanced Standing

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The Advanced Standing MSW Program is designed for students who have earned a BSW or BASW from a CSWE accredited undergraduate social work program no more than seven years ago. The Advanced Standing MSW Program is available in both the full-time and part-time formats.

During the foundation year in the generalist practice curriculum, students learn the values, knowledge, and skills common to all research-informed social work practices to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Particular attention is given to equity, diversity, and advocacy for human rights and justice – social, environmental, and economic. A field practicum begins in the foundation year of the curriculum.

During the final year in the advanced generalist practice curriculum, students learn to apply the person and environment construct in the context of field practicum and advanced courses in clinical assessment and evidence-based treatments, research methods, organizational and policy analysis, program development, and administrative practices. Special attention is given to the development of leadership skills to work for the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons. The program embraces social, economic, and environmental justice in all areas of practice.

For further information or questions, please email the graduate program director, Dr. Deb Svoboda at msw@ewu.edu or call 509.359.6832.

Application Information

Program Options

Eastern Washington University’s full-time MSW program offers a full-time advanced standing MSW degree that can be completed in three quarters, with a summer seminar. Advanced standing classes are held at the Eastern Washington University Spokane campus. Core curriculum classes are held in four-hour blocks and electives are held at the Spokane campus or online.

Practicum is three quarters and starts in the fall quarter. In addition to attending classes and seminars, students complete 20 hours per week of practicum. Our practicum placement process is very structured and students do not seek their own placement. We work closely with the student and agency to assure learning goals are met.

For more information about the program and curriculum, contact Dr. Deb Svoboda at MSW@ewu.edu or 509.359.6832. For information about the application process, please contact Chris Babcock, Student Services Coordinator at cbabcock@ewu.edu or 509.359.6485.

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Eastern Washington University’s Spokane program offers an Advanced Standing MSW degree that can be completed in six quarters, with a summer seminar. The program is designed for individuals whose work and family obligations would otherwise be a barrier to pursuing a Master of Social Work degree. The coursework is a combination of in-person and online instruction with the in-person content delivered three weekends per quarter. Practicum placements are selected from among agencies within the student’s own community. The EWU MSW part-time program holds classes at the Eastern Washington University Spokane campus, serving Washington students who live east of Ellensburg and those from Northern Idaho.

Questions? Please contact the program at SpokanePTMSW@ewu.edu or 509.828.1406.

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Everett MSW Part-Time Program is located at Washington State University Everett that can be completed in six quarters, with a summer seminar. The program is designed for individuals whose work and family obligations would otherwise be a barrier to pursuing a Master of Social Work degree. EWU at Everett offers a hybrid format, which includes online coursework and in-person evening class sessions. In-person class sessions are held two evenings per week, every other week. Practicum placements are selected from among agencies within the student’s own community. This program serves students living in Everett, Seattle, Bellevue and the surrounding communities.

For more information about applying, contact Nancy Fagan at nfagan@ewu.edu or 425.405.1625.

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Course of Study

Financial Information

GRADUATE TUITION & FEES

  • MSW part-time program students pay differential tuition for their MSW program. Check the course of study for the tuition and fees for the Spokane and Everett Part-time MSW programs.
  • MSW full-time program students pay the regular graduate tuition for their MSW program.
  • For current costs, visit the Graduate Studies Tuition & Fees webpage.

SCHOLARSHIPS OPPORTUNITIES

EWU awards over $5.5 million in scholarships to nearly 1,500 students each school year. Fill out our comprehensive scholarship application before Feb. 1, to be eligible for scholarships during the following academic year. Graduate Service Appointment (GSA) and other waivers for out-of-state students may also be available.

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Curriculum & Requirements

Social Work, Advanced Standing Program, Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a professional degree offered in the EWU School of Social Work accredited social work program. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) sets the national standards for social work education included in the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. 

The advanced standing MSW Program is specifically for individuals with an undergraduate degree in social work (BASW/BSW).

In addition to the requirements for admission to the graduate MSW program, the following requirements must be met:

  1. a bachelor of social work degree must have been awarded no longer than seven years before the application date;
  2. the bachelor degree must be from a CSWE accredited undergraduate social work program.

In the advanced standing MSW Program (full-time or part-time), students are required to complete 51 credits of required and elective coursework. A portion of those credits include field practicum experience in government agencies, non-profit/profit agencies, and community organizations. The required coursework is delivered fully in-person for the full-time program and in a hybrid format for the part-time programs (partial online and partial in-person). Locations of classes are outlined in the Program Options online section of the School of Social Work MSW Program. Generalist course requirements are waived because students have received equivalent content in their BASW/BSW programs. A required summer course SOWK 561prepares students for their Advanced Generalist portion of the curriculum.

Advanced Standing Preparation
SOWK 561ADV. STANDING SEM.6
Advanced Required Classes
SOWK 526RESEARCH METHODS II4
SOWK 568PROSEMINARS IN SOCIAL WELFARE POLICIES AND PROGRAMS4
SOWK 602CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS AND EVIDENCE BASED TREATMENT4
SOWK 603LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN HUMAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS4
Elective Courses 12
Advanced Practicum/Seminar 17
Total Credits51

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Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning outcomes are established by our accrediting body, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

2015 Social Work Competencies

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  4. Engage in Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Our Mission

The School is dedicated to promoting leadership in engaging individuals, families, and communities; policy-making; research; and, education for social work professionals. The School prepares its graduates to be ethical and effective change agents at the intersection of families, cultures, communities, and organizations.

We are especially committed to educating first-generation college students and those from underserved communities. Graduates will practice with mindfulness about historical oppression and hopefulness in fostering a more socially just world.