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Advanced Standing MSW Eligibility Requirements

Advanced Standing Admissions

Students who have a baccalaureate degree in social work from Baylor, as well as students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in social work from another program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, may apply for admission into the Advanced Standing at Baylor University. If admitted, full time students can complete their MSW at Baylor in 10 months , or 35 credit hours of graduate work.

Candidates for admission into Advanced Standing must complete six hours of preparatory graduate courses, offered during the preceding summer term, with a minimum grade point of B and recommendation of Advanced Standing Seminar faculty in order to be considered for admission into Advanced Standing. In addition to the grade point average and faculty recommendation requirement, candidates must be recommended for admission to Advanced Standing by a majority vote of the graduate admissions committee.

Based upon criteria approved by the faculty and the Associate Dean, the graduate admissions committee may admit qualified applicants into Advanced Standing without requiring enrollment in six hours of preparatory graduate courses. In this case, the admitted Advanced Standing student will be required to enroll in six hours of elective credit courses in addition to the 29 hours of the advanced practice, to complete the 35 credit hour graduation requirement.

Preference will be given to admitting to Advanced Standing those students who completed their baccalaureate degrees no more than five years prior to application. If students completed their baccalaureate degree in social work more than five years before applying to the MSW program, they must demonstrate that they have engaged in continuing education and professional social work practice during a majority of the years since their baccalaureate education. Decisions about their admission to Advanced Standing will bebased on the following, in addition to the standard graduate social work application:

• An overall grade point average of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale, a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all social work coursework, to include a minimum grade of B in all practice and field courses.

• A copy of the Field Evaluation from baccalaureate social work field experience(s)documenting satisfactory generalist practice experience and skills in the internship. (While prospective students may be admitted conditionally based on their performance in the field, full admission is contingent upon receipt of final field evaluation. When the final field evaluation is not available, a positive reference from a social work supervisor familiar with the applicant’s skills in social work practice is necessary.)