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). Students must have earned Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degrees 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 hours of coursework if they can demonstrate that they received comparable educational content in BSW courses for which they received grades of “B” or better.

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, 511, and 512 Generalist Practice I, II, and III
  • SW 515 Social Welfare Policy and Programs
  • SW 591 and SW 592 Field Instruction I, and II

Students requesting advanced standing must submit class syllabi for the courses which they believe have similar content to that found in the above-listed courses to the Director of Admissions and Student Services. The Director of Admissions and Student Services will review the syllabi for comparability to Binghamton University MSW courses and will make decisions about granting advanced standing credit. Students seeking credit for fieldwork must submit copies of their field evaluations to the Director of Fieldwork Education.

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

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

Last Updated: 8/13/14