Special Standing

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing (up to 15 credit hours) may be granted to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in social work within the last seven years from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. In addition, students must have earned grades of B or better in all courses that are accepted for advanced standing.

Proficiency Examinations

Students who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in social work may waive the foundation courses in policy, socio-behavioral theory, and research by passing a proficiency examination. Such waivers do not reduce the credit hour requirements for the degree, but enable students to take advanced elective courses to replace the credit hours. There is no fee for these examinations, which are given prior to the start of the semester.


Transfer credit (6 hour limit) may be given for related, but non-social work, coursework completed within the past five years. Credit hours must not have been applied toward a previous graduate degree. Applicants must have received a grade of B or better in any course for which transfer credit is sought.

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