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Advanced Standing Option for the Online Master’s of Social Work (MSW)

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Program Benefits

  • Online or on campus
  • Complete in 15 months
  • Save time and money
  • Distinguished faculty
  • On-campus or virtual residencies
  • Personalized approach
  • No GRE

Program Overview

New York Campus

The Advanced Standing option for the 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. MSW students can complete the Advanced Standing program online or on campus in four semesters, part time, paying half the cost of a traditional MSW program.

The Advanced Standing program is CSWE-accredited, and offers the same benefits as Adelphi University’s Online Master of Social Work (MSW), including individualized instruction from dedicated faculty during mandatory live online sessions, and two residency experiences available online or in person at Adelphi’s main campus on Long Island, just outside of New York City.

In addition, Advanced Standing students will also complete field placements in the NYC 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 and in a variety of community settings. Regardless of where you live, our experienced faculty will work with New York State residents and out-of-state residents alike to find an optimal field work site.

Adelphi is proud to offer an Online MSW program that is both rigorous and flexible, with a curriculum taught by faculty who are experts in their field. The core curriculum provides knowledge, skills, values and ethics essential to all forms and levels of the generalist social work practice.

An optional Health Across the Life Course specialization is available for those who want an essential overview of health care practice within the context of social work services. Fulfilled through three elective courses and supported by a field education assignment in a health care setting, this specialization is ideal for those who want to meet the growing demand for social workers in health settings. Participants will be empowered to provide exceptional care across diverse populations and throughout every phase of human life.

In order to qualify for the Advanced Standing program, applicants must have obtained a BSW undergraduate degree within the past five years from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Students who don’t meet the Advanced Standing requirements may still qualify for our traditional Online MSW program.

To learn more about Adelphi University’s Advanced Standing Online Master of Social Work (MSW), use the form provided and download a free brochure.

Ranked among the country’s Best Master’s in Social Work by U.S. News and World Report.

Adelphi is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

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Recognized Adelphi in the Community Engagement Classification.

Residency Options

New York Campus

Personal relationships are at the core of social work, and students in our online MSW program build professional connections with peers and professors by attending required residencies.

These two to four-day experiences take place twice annually in August and January and students have the option to complete the residencies online or in person at Adelphi’s main campus on Long Island in Garden City, N.Y.

During the residencies, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with peers and faculty in a traditional classroom setting as well as participate in networking opportunities.

Request information for additional details on the structure of the residency format.

About Adelphi and the School of Social Work

Graduate About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning.

Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Adelphi is dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support student success.

Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves nearly 8,200 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online.

More than 100,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, caring citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

At the Adelphi University School of Social Work, we train practitioners to improve the lives of individuals, families, groups and communities. We’re consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the nation—a strong advocate for social justice and a driving force for ethical social work practice.


The demand for social workers is expected to rise 15% by 2026—much faster than the national average.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


of MSW students gain employment within a year after graduating.