Master of Social Work / Advanced Standing
Dominican University

Program Details

The online Master of Social Work degree program from Dominican University offers an Advanced Standing option.  The Advanced Standing program is designed with busy professionals in mind, allowing students with bachelor’s degrees in social work to complete their Master of Social Work degree in as little as nine months.  This is a highly efficient, forward-looking program that offers all of the preparation and competence of the regular degree program, preparing graduates for careers in family-centered, globally focused social work.  This interdisciplinary curriculum covers the fundamentals of social work, including human behavior, community analysis, social welfare, and the nature and dynamics of family systems.  Coursework integrates global issues into the curriculum, touching on such international concerns as immigration policies, refugee crises, and economic dislocations that impact people around the world. 

You will also have the opportunity to complete electives on topics that match your interests and goals, allowing you to specialize in one of four high-demand practice areas:

  • Child Welfare
  • School Social Work
  • Military Social Work
  • Gerontology


  • Official transcripts 
  • A bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Two recommendations 
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

One weekend residency at Dominican at the start of the program.

Special Accreditation

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

School Accreditation Statement

Higher Learning Commission