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Advanced Standing

The Advanced Standing program is a one-year (May to May) option open to students with an undergraduate degree (BSW) in social work (within the last seven years) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association. The GRE is not required. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.25 GPA in undergraduate social work courses.  

Note: The deadline to apply for Advanced Standing is January 15th to be considered for the summer sessions.

Motivated and dedicated applicants who can contribute to the intellectual climate of an intensive one-year program, are welcomed to apply.  

Students must register for the following two summer “Bridge” courses:

Summer Session I  - SOCW 6110- Advanced Standing Transitional Seminar I (3 credit hours)

Summer Session II  SOCW 6120 – Advanced Standing Transitional Seminar II (3 credit hours)

In the summer, advanced standing students will attend classes three evenings (Monday, Wednesday, & Friday) a week from 6:00-9:00 each summer session.

In the fall, advanced standing students join the second year students with the same concentration options (i.e., children and family practice or juvenile justice) and field education opportunities.  During the fall and spring semesters, students attend classes three days per week (Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00-8:30, and Saturday 9:00-4:40). In addition, students are in the field three full days /24 hours per week for one year.

Students in the Advanced Standing Program will complete a total of 35 credits hours:

  • Six (6) credit hours during the summer
  • Sixteen (16) credit hours during the fall semester (Includes field practicum experience and field seminar)
  • Thirteen (13) credit hours during the spring semester (Includes field practicum experience and field seminar)

The following application material is required for all applicants to the Advanced Standing Program:

  • North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Graduate Application
  • Supplemental Social Work Application
  • Official transcript
  • Professional resume (indicating practicum experience, community/volunteer experience, membership in professional student organizations)
  • BSW field instructors’ evaluation
  • Three letters of recommendations (Note: one of the letters of recommendation should come from the BSW field instructor. In cases where the field instructor is no longer accessible, the BSW Field Director should write the letter of recommendation.
  • Narrative statement (Discussing your interest in pursuing an accelerated MSW degree, short and long term career goals in the social work profession, populations and practice settings of interests)
  • Writing Sample (article provided) 
  • Case Study (The case study will be evaluated based on the following measures: a) level of cultural competence, b) ability to critically analyze, c) ability to assess problems, d) ability to organize information, and e) ability to evaluate and determine appropriate intervention strategies for clients) (Effective 2018)
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