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Master of Social Work / Advanced Standing

Program Details

The Seton Hall University master’s degree in social work is a unique opportunity. For students without a bachelor’s degree in social work, the program is two years long, with the first year consisting of on-campus coursework. Students with a degree in social work go straight into the second year of the program — the Advanced Standing year — which consists of online courses and on-site fieldwork in the community. 

Our students finish this program ready to make a difference. They are prepared to work with individuals, families or groups in a variety of advanced-practice settings — including behavioral health, substance abuse and healthcare. With fieldwork and theoretical components, this program is open to both full- and part-time students.


  • Hold a BSW degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Have completed a broad liberal arts background with a minimum of 24 credit hours including at least one course in sociology, psychology, English, political science or history, statistics, and human biology. A course in introductory statistics is required. 
  • Have earned a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average on the last 120 graded credits that appear on their bachelor’s degree transcript, as well as a 3.0 on all social work courses.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Submit a 3-5 page Personal Statement 
  • Transcripts documenting eligibility for advanced standing.
  • Recommendation for advanced standing from the Social Work Department chair/director of the school in which they completed their Bachelor of Social Work.
  • A detailed evaluation of their field instruction experience and performance by the agency supervisor or an evaluation of their employment performance. 

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Council of Social Work Education