Advanced Standing Master of Social Work

Program Contact: Carol R. Awasu 203-582-6433

Quinnipiac’s MSW Advanced Standing program is designed for those who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW). To qualify, students must have a BSW conferred from a CSWE-accredited program prior to beginning the MSW Advanced Standing program in early July. 

Students complete their first 6 credits in the intensive summer session. After successful completion of the summer session, students enter the specialized curriculum, where they complete 30 credits of coursework over two semesters, including 700 hours of field education (total of 36 credits). Students may complete this curriculum in one academic year by studying full time, or within 2 years if they choose to study part time. Students in both plans of study also are required to complete 30 hours with the Quinnipiac Center for Interprofesssional Healthcare Education by the time they graduate.

Graduates from the MSW Advanced Standing program are eligible to sit for the LMSW license exam and are prepared for jobs in a full range of clinical social work positions, including jobs in aging services, health/mental/substance abuse, child and family welfare and justice, or school social work. 

Advanced Standing MSW Program of Study

Students can choose among two plans of study for the Advanced Standing MSW.

The curriculum for the professional courses in the program are subject to modification as deemed necessary to maintain a high-quality educational experience and keep current with best practices in the profession.

Full-Time Advanced Standing

Students begin in the summer with two courses, then complete the specialized practice curriculum full time. In addition to their classes, students are required to complete a specialized practice field placement.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Summer SemesterCredits
SW 507 Issues of Diversity and Oppression 3
SW 508 Psychopathology 3
 Credits6
Fall Semester
SW 600 Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/Behavioral Health I 4
SW 601 Social Work Practice III: Specialized Clinical Social Work Practice 3
SW 604 Evaluation Research Work Programs and Practice 2
Select two elective courses 1 6
 Credits15
Spring Semester
SW 602 Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/Behavioral Health II 4
SW 603 Social Work Practice IV: Specialized Organizational Social Work Practice 3
SW 605 Integrative Seminar/Capstone Project 2
Select two elective courses 1 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits36

Part-Time Advanced Standing

Students begin in the summer with two courses, then complete the specialized practice curriculum over two years with a reduced course load. In addition to their classes, students are required to complete a specialized practice field placement.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Summer SemesterCredits
SW 507 Issues of Diversity and Oppression 3
SW 508 Psychopathology 3
 Credits6
Fall Semester
Two elective courses 1 6
 Credits6
Spring Semester
Two elective courses 1 6
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall Semester
SW 600 Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/Behavioral Health I 4
SW 601 Social Work Practice III: Specialized Clinical Social Work Practice 3
SW 604 Evaluation Research Work Programs and Practice 2
 Credits9
Spring Semester
SW 602 Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/Behavioral Health II 4
SW 603 Social Work Practice IV: Specialized Organizational Social Work Practice 3
SW 605 Integrative Seminar/Capstone Project 2
 Credits9
 Total Credits36

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Advanced Standing MSW program, students will demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Ethics: Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  2. Diversity: Demonstrate and embrace diversity and difference.
  3. Justice: Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice.
  4. Research: Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
  5. Policy: Engage in policy practice.
  6. Engagement: Assess, intervene and engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  7. Evaluation: Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Quinnipiac University MSW program is to prepare social workers for specialized practice in health and mental health through a curriculum that focuses on clinical and organizational practice, experiential learning, and interprofessional teamwork. Guided by respect for human dignity and a commitment to social justice, the MSW program uses a person-in-environment framework to ready students for professional practice in dynamic contexts. 

MSW  Program Values

The MSW program’s core values reflect the NASW Code of Ethics for Social Workers: service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. 

MSW Program Goals

The MSW program has the following four goals:

  1. Prepare social workers to be specialized practitioners in diverse systems of various sizes, emphasizing competent, ethical clinical and organizational practice toward the advancement of the human condition. The specialized curriculum will build upon the generalist curriculum, which is focused on the necessity of knowledge and skills to practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  2. Prepare social workers to practice without discrimination with diverse populations.
  3. Prepare social workers to engage in professional activities that promote interprofessional collaboration and advocacy within diverse environments toward the enhancement of the human condition.
  4. Prepare students for lifelong professional development.

Admission

To be eligible to apply for admission, applicants must have earned a BSW from a CSWE-accredited program prior to the beginning of the MSW Advanced Standing program in early July. All BSW courses must have grades of B or better.* Admission is selective and not guaranteed.

*Applicants to the advanced standing program may be admitted conditionally if their GPA or BSW course grades do not meet the required admission criteria. Such cases will be considered on an individual basis by the admissions committee. Students who are admitted conditionally must earn at least a 3.0 their first term to continue in the advanced standing program as a fully accepted student.

Background Check and Drug Screening

To ensure their safety and maintain high-quality care of patients, clinical affiliates of the university require students to have a criminal background check. All students entering the Quinnipiac MSW program are required to undergo a criminal background check (through the university vendor) prior to beginning classes. This is a mandatory component of the program. In addition, MSW students may be required to undergo a criminal background re-check and/or drug screen prior to any of their field placements. The results are made available to the student through their own personal and secure online portal. Whenever a Quinnipiac MSW student may need proof of his/her criminal background check for field placements, the student will release the information directly from their personal portal to the clinical site. The cost of the criminal background check and any re-checks and/or drug screens is the responsibility of each individual student.

The MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The CSWE address is:

Council on Social Work Education
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-683-8080
Fax: 703-683-8099
Email: info@cswe.org

Website: CSWE.org

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

Please click Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes  (PDF) for more information (last completed June 6, 2017).