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MSW – Advanced Standing

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, except in the Gerontology field of study where the requirement is 10 half-credit courses. The practicum course is equivalent to one full course credit.

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.

Required and Elective Courses

Advanced standing students select one of the following fields of study in which to specialize and follow the course requirements of the selected field of study (follow links to see field of study course requirements):

Learn more about choosing your field of study and elective options.


  • 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.