Advanced Standing Program

Binghamton University offers an advanced standing program for graduates of undergraduate social work programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). To be eligible for the advanced standing program, a student must have earned the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree no more than seven years before beginning the Binghamton University Master of Social Work (MSW) program.

Advanced standing students will be given credit for up to 29 credits of coursework if they can demonstrate that they received comparable educational content in their BSW courses and that they received grades of “B” or better in those courses. 

Students may be given credit for:

  • SW 503 Diversity and Oppression
  • SW 504 Foundations of Scientific Inquiry with Social Systems
  • SW 505 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • SW 510 Generalist Practice I
  • SW 511 Generalist Practice II
  • SW 512 Generalist Practice III
  • SW 515 Social Welfare Policy and Programs
  • SW 591 Field Instruction I
  • SW 592 Field Instruction II

Students requesting advanced standing status must submit syllabi for the courses they believe have similar content to that covered in the courses listed above. The Director of Admissions and Student Services will review the syllabi and will make decisions about granting advanced standing credit. Students seeking credit for SW 591 Field Instruction I and SW 592 Field Instruction II must submit copies of their field evaluations to the Director of Field Education.

All advanced standing students participate in SW 575 Advanced Standing Seminar the summer prior to beginning the Binghamton University MSW program.

Please contact Brian Flynn, Director of Admissions and Student Services, at bjflynn@binghamton.edu with questions about the program. For application instructions, visit the Prospective Students section of our website. 

Last Updated: 9/7/16