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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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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.
“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 KellyAssistant professor of social work
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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).
Summer Semester (6 credits)
Issues of Diversity and Oppression
Fall Semester (15 credits)
Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/ Behavioral Health I
Social Work Practice III: Specialized Clinical Social Work Practice.
Evaluation Research for Social Work Programs and Practice
Choose two courses
Spring Semester (15 credits)
Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/ Behavioral Health II
Social Work Practice IV: Specialized Organizational Social Work Practice
Integrative Seminar/Capstone Project
Choose two courses
Additional course details
Explore descriptions, schedule and instructor information using the Course Finder tool.
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.
*Applicants to the advanced standing program may be admitted conditionally if their GPA or BSW course grades do not meet the required admission criteria. Such cases will be considered on an individual basis by the admissions committee. Students who are admitted conditionally must earn at least a 3.0 their first term to continue in the advanced standing program as a fully accepted student.
May 1: Fall semester, full-time study
- 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 or professor, 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
Mail: Quinnipiac University
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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.
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.