Advanced Standing Requirements

Students who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from an accredited CSWE institution within the last five years can apply for the advanced standing program at the Garland School of Social Work. Full time, advanced standing students can complete their MSW at Baylor in 11 months.

To be considered for admission to the advanced standing program, students must submit a completed application which includes:

    • Online GoGarland Application
    • $45 Application Fee
    • GSSW Financial Aid Form
    • Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) or Financial Aid Profile (CSS) (For International Students)
    • Letters of recommendation: At least two of your three letters of recommendation must be from an academic professor who has direct knowledge of your academic work. Of these two academic references, one must be the undergraduate program director, the director of field education, or the field instructor
    • Transcripts from all previous institutions
    • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in social work coursework, including a minimum grade of B in all practice and field courses
    • A final field evaluation

    Field Evaluation Criteria:

    A final field evaluation must include:

      • Rating/commentary of performance in social work competencies as outlined but the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
      • Signature from Field Instructor

    If you are currently pursuing your field placement a field midterm evaluation can be submitted to be eligible for review. The field midterm evaluation must include:

      • Rating/commentary of performance in social work competencies as outlined by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
      • Signature from Field Instructor

    If your midterm evaluation is not currently available. You may submit a learning contract to be eligible for review. The learning contract must include:

      • A description of roles/tasks that demonstrate expected performance across all social work competencies as well as the micro, mezzo, and macro levels

    If students applying for the Advanced Standing program are unable to submit the required documentation listed above, the GSSW Field Verification Form may be used.

    Note: Preference will be given to students who submit required documentation listed above.

    Prerequisite Requirements

    Students pursuing the MSW degree are also required to obtain a baccalaureate degree which includes coursework that demonstrates a strong liberal arts background including:

      • Human Biology (3 semester hours) OR by passing the GSSW human biology exam
      • Statistics (3 semester hours) OR by taking the online GSSW statistics course and passing the exam

    Note: Students admitted to the MSW program are expected to complete all prerequisite requirements prior to their New Student Orientation.

    For more information regarding prerequisites or information about the GSSW exams, contact the School of Social Work via email at MSW_Admissions@baylor.edu