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Advanced Standing MSW Program in Salt Lake City  

(BSW graduates only)

Application Deadline

Final: September 1st 

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Admission decisions announced no later than January 15





Credit Hours




7 Areas of Focus

  Aging in Social Work
  Child Welfare in Social Work
  Forensic Social Work
  Global Social Work
  Health in Social Work
  Mental Health in Social Work
  Substance Use in Social Work




Summer Semester

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SW6040 DSM and Psychopathology 3.0
SW6200 Bridge - Practice 3.0
SW6121 Bridge - Reflexive 1.0
SW6xxx Electives 8.0

Fall Semester

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SW6220 Diversity & Social Justice: Reflexive & Ethical SW Practice II 3.0
SW6xxx Advanced Practice I in Area of Focus 3.0
SW6521 Advanced Field Practicum I 4.0
  Electives and/or Advanced Practice I outside Area of Focus
and/or other Area of Focus requirements


Spring Semester

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SW6xxx Advanced Practice II in Area of Focus 3.0
SW6522 Advanced Field Practicum II 4.0
  Electives and/or Advanced Practice II outside Area of Focus
and/or other Area of Focus requirements


Note: During the Advanced Standing Orientation and Area of Focus meeting, Advanced Standing students will receive information on all Areas of Focus and graduate certificates to help inform their choice(s) for their second year program of study. This meeting is held in January preceding their beginning semester. Students must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours to graduate.

Students must also take a Practice class outside their Area of Focus either fall or spring semester in addition to their required Area of Focus courses. Students must receive a grade of C+ or better in all required classes to go on to the next class in any sequential series of classes (e.g. SW6401/6402) and must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to be in good academic standing. 

Detailed Course Schedule



Students who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) in the last seven years (by the application deadline). Applicants who have earned a BSW degree more than 7 years ago are required to apply for either the two year full-time or three year part-time program. BSW graduates who apply to other programs cannot have any first year MSW coursework waived. The BSW degree (including practicum) and all prerequisite classes must be completed before the first day of MSW classes and verified through official transcripts to the Graduate Admissions office (degree) and the MSW office (prerequisite classes).



Only students with a BSW are eligible to apply to Advanced Standing MSW Programs. Because this is a requirement set forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), exceptions to this requirement cannot be waived under any circumstances.

Prior to beginning the program.

One of two graduate certificates may be completed as well, though additional credit hours outside of the required 45 may be required.

The program begins during summer semester, which typically begins the third week of May. Students take required bridge classes and elective courses. There is no practicum during summer semester.

Days of the week in which summer semester courses are held vary by year, though they are all generally during the day.

During fall and spring semesters, courses are typically held on Thursday and Friday days. The 600 hour fieldwork requirement is completed on the other weekdays, up to 19 hours a weeks. The majority of practicum placements are during normal business hours, though some agencies may have more flexible hours.

Students with degrees obtained outside of the U.S., must complete an International Degree Recognition and Evaluation through CSWE (with a determination that the student has completed a degree equivalent to the bachelor of social work).


Last Updated: 10/26/21