Master of Social Work / Advanced Standing
Sacred Heart University

Program Details

The program offers you a choice of a clinical or community practice specialization, but knowledge from each is included in both tracks to integrate micro and macro practice and better prepare you for the demands of practice. Your advanced, comprehensive knowledge allows you to step into leadership roles and effect change at multiple levels of diverse populations.

Master of Social Work Curriculum

While grounded in the liberal arts, the MSW curriculum at SHU aligns itself to the tenets of social-work and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition of academic excellence. The principles of service to others, respect for human dignity, dedication to scientific inquiry and social and economic justice are reinforced in coursework throughout the program.

Immediately after graduation, you'll qualify to sit for the Licensed Master of Social Work exam and can start earning hours towards state licensure for clinical social work (LCSW).

Graduate in 20 Months

Advanced Standing students who enter the program can graduate in as little as 20 months. To qualify as an Advanced Standing student, you'll need a Bachelor's in Social Work earned within the last 6 years from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Advanced Standing students will already have completed approximately half of the field practicum hours in the BSW program and will enter the master’s program at the Specialized Year. The Advanced Standing student will be required to complete a 550 hour field practicum.


  • Bachelor's degree earned within the last 6 years from a CSWE-accredited institution, with no less than a B in each course
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • College transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Field evaluation form(s) from all placements, completed by BSW field placement supervisor(s) after each BSW field placement
  • Applicants will print a copy of the MSW program evaluation form and provide it to their BSW program director or designee (e.g., academic advisor, field liaison, etc.) for completion

Special Accreditation

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

School Accreditation Statement

New England Commission of Higher Education

Restricted States

Connecticut, New York