Master of Social Work / Advanced Standing
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

Program Details

Individuals with a BSW degree can apply for the Advanced Standing program of the online master’s in Social Work program from LSU and complete their degree in as little as 9 to 12 months. Students will be prepared to take on social issues and improve the lives of people in need with this online MSW degree. The program covers child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and dozens of other issues affecting society today.

The first half of courses in this online MSW degree program, known as the generalist year, covers key concepts and theories and offers an internship experience. The second half is considered the specialist year, where courses discuss topics in theory and treatment, and students have the opportunity to take electives, complete an internship, and choose whether to complete a thesis.

Class offerings include topics such as:

  • Social welfare history and policy
  • Social work research
  • Human diversity and oppression
  • Human behavior and the social environment

Learning Pace


Learning Schedule


% Online

100% Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • The advanced standing program requires that applicants hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree.