Advance Your Social Work Career

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

   Complete in 15 months    Save time and money    Rich on-campus learning experiences    Distinguished faculty
   Personalized approach    No GRE

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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 part-time in four semesters, 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 live online sessions, and two on-campus residencies at our Long Island campus. 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.

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.

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Ranked among the country’s best Graduate Schools of Social Work by U.S. News and World Report.
Adelphi is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Recognized Adelphi in the Community Engagement Classification.
Graduation day at Adelphi University

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
91.4% of MSW students gain employment within a year after graduating.