Skip to Main Content

MSW – Advanced Standing

Updated March 1, 2024

The advanced standing MSW program is designed for students who have completed a BSW degree from a recognized university. Advanced standing students enter the MSW program having already developed foundational social work knowledge and skills.

The advanced standing program is equivalent to the second year of the two-year MSW program in that it provides students with an opportunity to specialize in a specific field of study (as listed below). The advanced standing program consists of 9 half-credit courses for a total of 4.5 full-credit equivalents (FCE). This includes the practicum course, equivalent to one full credit courses.

The advanced standing program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Part-time students must meet the same degree requirements and complete the same number of credits as full-time students, although the structure and sequencing of their individual programs of study may vary. Full-time students normally complete the program over three academic sessions in one year (September to June). Part-time students normally complete requirements within six academic sessions over two years. The maximum time length for completing degree requirements is three years.

Full details of the program requirements can be found in the SGS Calendar.  Note that the Calendar is published annually, and is effective for the academic period September 1 to August 31 for the specified year and relevant to students who begin their studies in that year.  In the case of any discrepancy between this page or the printed Calendar, the HTML version shall apply. Any post-publication corrections and/or updates to the Calendar will be posted as amendments. Students are strongly advised to consult the web page regularly to keep informed of changes.


Course Code Course Title FCE
SWK1999H Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Workshop (Credit/No Credit) 0
SWK4510H Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice
(SWK4510H must be completed before taking any of the research courses in the field)
SWK4702Y Social Work Practicum II (full credit) 1.0
Field specific requirements (including elective courses)

Program Total 4.5


  • Practicum is completed from September to April and must comply with the selected field of study (1.0 credits)

Additional Opportunities

Our program offers several collaborative specializations to students.

Students have the opportunity to participate in one of the world’s largest Interprofessional Education programs.

The MSW Thesis Option may be available to a maximum of three students in any given year and is subject to faculty availability. Students in the thesis option must complete 1.0 FCE as a thesis course(replaces elective courses), which may require at least one additional academic session to complete the program.