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MSW – Master of Social Work (Advanced Standing Program)

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Introduction

A degree in social work will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and practical skills to make a positive impact on your clients’ lives. Your training will extend from treating mental and emotional disorders to addiction recovery and beyond.

Program Overview

For those who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW), Quinnipiac’s MSW Advanced Standing Program can provide the edge you need to succeed. To qualify, students must have a BSW conferred from a CSWE-accredited program prior to beginning the MSW Advanced Standing program in early July. 

Students complete their first 6 credits in the intensive five-week summer session. After successful completion of the summer session, students enter the specialized curriculum, where they complete 30 credits of coursework over two semesters, including 700 hours of field education (total of 36 credits). Students may complete this curriculum in one academic year by studying full time, or within 2 years if they choose to study part time. Students in both plans of study will be required to complete 30 hours of interprofessional healthcare education offered by the Quinnipiac Center for Interprofesssional Healthcare Education by the time they graduate.

Student graduates from the MSW Advanced Standing program are eligible to sit for the LMSW license exam and are prepared for jobs in a full range of clinical social work positions, including jobs in aging services, health/mental/substance abuse, child and family welfare and justice, or school social work. 

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Carol Soto sits as she speaks into a microphone

First-hand experiences

Carol Soto, the woman who inspired the character “Yoga Janet/Yoga Jones” in “Orange is the New Black” spoke with members of #BobcatNation about the state of the health care system in America’s prisons at two events on our Mount Carmel and North Haven campuses.

The Real Orange is the New Black panel discussion story

Formerly incarcerated women urge students to be agents of change

Three formerly incarcerated women shared their health care experiences in state and federal prisons during emotional discussions on our Mount Carmel and North Haven campuses.

Beatrice Codianni and Carol Soto, who were incarcerated at the same time as Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison,” discussed their experiences at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. The women explained how their access to and experiences of the health care system impacted them during their time inside.

They were joined by Jaclyn Lucibello, a woman incarcerated for three years in the York Correctional Institution in Niantic, Connecticut, the state’s only female correctional facility. Lucibello gave birth during her time there. 

There were 215,332 women in jails and prisons in the United States in 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Ashley Appleby ’17 hugs speaker Beatrice Codianni, who served time at the Danbury Federal Correctional Institute, following a panel discussion focusing on health care for incarcerated women in the United States.

Embracing different perspectives

Ashley Appleby ’17 hugs speaker Beatrice Codianni, who served time at the Danbury Federal Correctional Institute, following a panel discussion focusing on health care for incarcerated women in the United States.

“The number of women behind bars has grown rapidly. Over the past 30 years, the rate of women in prison has increased by more than 700%.”
Amber Kelly
Assistant professor of social work

Curriculum and Requirements

The master of social work advanced standing program begins in July coinciding with the start of the Quinnipiac summer semester. The program can be completed in one year (studying full time), or two years (studying part time).

Course Structure

Summer Semester (6 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

SW 507

Issues of Diversity and Oppression

3

SW 508

Psychopathology

3

Fall Semester (15 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

SW 600

Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/ Behavioral Health I

3

SW 601

Social Work Practice III: Specialized Clinical Social Work Practice.

3

SW 604

Evaluation Research for Social Work Programs and Practice

3

Electives

Choose two courses

6

Total Credits

15

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

SW 602

Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/ Behavioral Health II

3

SW 603

Social Work Practice IV: Specialized Organizational Social Work Practice

3

SW 605

Integrative Seminar/Capstone Project

3

Electives

Choose two courses

6

Total Credits

15

Admission Requirements

To be eligible to apply for admission, applicants must have earned a BSW from a CSWE-accredited program prior to the beginning of the MSW Advanced Standing program in early July. All BSW courses must have grades of B or better. Admission is selective and not guaranteed.

Application deadlines


March 15: Fall semester, full-time study

Required documents


  • Completed application
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Autobiographical statement indicating reasons for choosing the MSW program
  • Transcripts of all college study
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from BSW program director and one from field supervisor)

Standardized test scores are not required. The MSW program at Quinnipiac University does not give credit for life or work experience.

If you have any questions pertaining to the requirements, program options or any of the above information, please reach out to us.

Phone: 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
Email: graduate@qu.edu
Fax: 203-582-3443

Mail: Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions - NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940

Learning Outcome Report and Accreditation

Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards

Master of Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes


All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

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Accreditation


The MSW meets the academic requirements for licensure as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). The MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Initial accreditation was granted in March 2016.