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 7 years ago. The Advanced Standing MSW Program is available in both the full-time and part-time formats.

In the full-time format, students begin in the summer and complete the program in one year. In the part-time programs, students begin core coursework in the winter and graduate in a year and a half. All Advanced Standing students take a seminar in the summer prior to beginning the program. Advanced Standing students join the regular cohorts during the advanced portion of the curriculum.

During the final year in 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 justice in all areas of practice.

For further information or questions, please contact our program director, Timothy Hilton, at thilton@ewu.edu or 509.359.6832.

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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.

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Program Options

Eastern Washington University’s Cheney/Spokane 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 fall quarter. In addition to attending classes and seminars, student 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.

Applications will be available in fall 2019.

For more information, contact our program director, Timothy Hilton, at thilton@ewu.edu or 509.359.6832. For questions about admissions, contact Sue Thompson at sthompson2@ewu.edu or 509.359.6475.

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Eastern Washington University’s Spokane Hybrid 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 Eastern Washington MSW Hybrid program holds classes at the Eastern Washington University Spokane campus, serving Washington students who live east of Ellensburg and those from Northern Idaho.

Applications will be available in fall 2019.

For more information, contact Stacey Chay at schay@ewu.edu or 509.828.1406.

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EWU’s Everett Part-Time Hybrid Advanced Standing MSW 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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Eastern Washington University’s Vancouver Program offers an Advanced Standing MSW degree 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 Vancouver 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. Classes are held at Clark College in the heart of Vancouver, Washington, serving students in Vancouver, Portland and the surrounding communities.

For more information about applying, please contact Jodi Kerbs at 360.992.2082 or jkerbs@ewu.edu or Patti Kirsch Daggett at 360.992.2081 or pdaggett@clark.edu.

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Curriculum & Requirements

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

Summer preparation program (6 credits) is required before entry to second year fall quarter classes.

The one-year Advanced Standing Program is only for persons with a BASW/BSW. In addition to the requirements for admission to the two-year 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 and the degree must be from a CSWE accredited undergraduate social work program,

  2. an overall undergraduate GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and a GPA 3.5 in BSW course work.

This program requires a total of 51 credits. Foundation or first-year, course requirements are waived because students have received equivalent content in their BSW programs. A SOWK 561 is required to prepare students for their advanced 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 581INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR I1
SOWK 582INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR II1
SOWK 583INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR III1
SOWK 584INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR IV1
SOWK 602CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS AND EVIDENCE BASED TREATMENT4
SOWK 603LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN HUMAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS4
Elective Courses 12
Advanced Practicum/Seminar 13
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).

2008 CSWE Core Competencies

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.