Online/Blended Degree and Certificate Programs

Advanced Standing Online Master of Social Work

Earn Your Degree in Half the Time, for Half the Cost

15 Month CSWE-Accredited Program
The Advanced Standing Online MSW option is 32-credits taken over the course of four semesters.

90% Employment
More than ninety percent of Adelphi University MSW degree program graduates gain employment within a year of graduation.

Half the Cost, Half the Fieldwork
The Advanced Standing program is half the cost and has half of the fieldwork hours as a traditional online MSW program.

1000+ Field Work Affiliates
Adelphi is affiliated with more than one thousand human service agencies throughout the New York metropolitan region.

The Advanced Standing option for the Master of Social Work (MSW) program is specifically designed for students who graduated from an accredited BSW program in the last five years. This 32-credit program, available online or on campus, allows students to complete the MSW program part-time in just 15 months, at half the cost as a traditional MSW program. Upon successfully completing the program and earning your degree, you will be eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).

As an Advanced Standing student in the virtual learning environment, you’ll be able to take advantage of the same benefits as the students in our traditional Online MSW program, including access to personalized instruction and unique opportunities to prepare for licensure as a social worker. You’ll participate in mandatory weekly live class sessions as well as twice-yearly on-campus learning experiences. On-campus visits range from two to four days, always incorporating a weekend to accommodate working professionals. In light of the current public health crisis and the need to minimize interpersonal contact, we have moved the on-campus learning experiences to a remote format through Fall 2021.

Beginning in January 2022, MSW students will have the option to attend virtual residencies, which will include opportunities to interact with peers and faculty. Students receive a virtual agenda prior to the residency. Current students may be granted permission to attend virtual residencies on a case-by-case basis.

Advanced Standing students who are interested in the intersection of social work and health can choose to add a Health Across the Life Course specialization.

Advanced Standing students also complete field placements in the New York City area or near their own community. Adelphi is affiliated with more than 1,000 human services agencies throughout the New York metropolitan region, which enables us to arrange field placements in a variety of settings, both for in-state residents and out-of-state students alike.

A Career in Social Work

A survey conducted by the National Social Work Workforce Study showed that 4 out of 5 social workers entered the social work field with an MSW.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for social workers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average rate for all occupations. Of that growth, social workers who hold an MSW should see plenty of opportunities. According to the National Social Work Workforce Study, 49.5% of BSWs are currently enrolled in an MSW program, and 23.2% expect to enroll in an MSW program in the next 2 years.

A master’s of social work (MSW) is one of the prerequisites to becoming a licensed social worker, leading to roles in a variety of settings. Some of the places our MSW graduates choose to work include hospitals, medical clinics, public and private schools, rehabilitation centers, community mental health agencies and hospices. According to, the average salary of an individual with an MSW is $52,000.

Five Practice Settings for MSWs Working as Social Workers

Outpatient, health care services 17.8%
Hospital inpatient facility 12.2%
Educational establishment outside of higher education 6.0%
Private social work practice 5.5%
Higher education institution 2.0%

Source: National Social Work Workforce Study

“Because a majority of BSWs go on for their MSW, MSW programs play a central role in helping social work-educated individuals enter the workforce.”
—National Social Work Workforce Study
This calculation of new social workers includes only those receiving a social work degree.

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  The online Master of Social Work does not accept international students.

Who Can Benefit

The Advanced Standing option for the Online Master’s of Social Work (MSW) degree program allows students with a BSW from an accredited social work program to finish their education and advance their careers at an accelerated pace. Students complete the Advanced Standing program in 15 months, paying half the cost as a traditional MSW program.

On-Campus Residency

Advanced standing students in the online MSW program are required to attend on-campus residencies, which are held twice yearly. These two to four-day in-person experiences take place in August and January at Adelphi’s main campus on Long Island in Garden City, N.Y. During the residencies, students develop vital connections with their peers and professors by collaborating in a traditional classroom setting and taking advantage of networking opportunities like lunches.

See our Curriculum page for more information and the residency schedule.

Program Benefits

A 15 month CSWE-accredited program was specifically designed for students who have obtained an accredited BSW undergraduate degree within the past five years.

  • Half the fieldwork hours of the traditional online MSW and half the cost.
  • Access to the same benefits as the traditional Online MSW including instruction from distinguished faculty members, comprehensive field placement support and a curriculum geared to licensure – in any state.
  • A ranked school with many active alumni, giving you an advantage in the field.
  • Flexible entrance requirements — no GRE required.

About the School of Social Work

Established in 1949 and continually accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1951, the Adelphi University School of Social Work has been leading the field for more than 65 years.

We train practitioners to improve the lives of individuals, families, groups and communities. The School is a strong advocate for social justice and a driving force for ethical social work practice. For these reasons and more, we are consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the nation.

Our classes are small and supportive, whether they are taught in a traditional classroom setting or online. We balance a challenging curriculum with a choice of flexible learning formats. Our faculty members are engaged social work scholars with extensive teaching experience. They also are recognized leaders in their respective fields.

Read our Mission Statement.