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Apply for the 1.5 - Year MSW Part -Time Advanced Standing Program
BSW Required - Offered Only at USU Regional Campuses

The Advanced Standing (AS) program begins spring semester every third year at the USU Regional Campuses. Over the course of five semesters, students will complete 36 credits. The cohort will begin the 16-week spring session course work beginning in January and ending in May. Classes will be held from 5:15 PM to 10:30 PM on Tuesdays. MSW Part-Time (1.5-year) AS applications are due by September prior to the intake year. Applications may be submitted in the Summer/Fall prior to admittance. Notification of admittance will be distributed in the fall of each application cycle.

For an overview of the program schedule and requirements for admitted MSW Students, visit this page: MSW Program Requirement Sheet

Application Window
Starting Semester
2019 Applications due June 1, 2018 January 2019
August 2020
May 2021- September 30, 2021
January 2022 August 2023
2025 May 2024- September 30, 2024 January 2025 August 2026
2028 May 2027- September 30, 2027 January 2028 August 2029


Application Requirements

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in social work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited college or university prior to matriculation in the MSW program. This degree must have been earned within the previous five years. The MSW Program can complement and build on the foundation of education gained at the Bachelor's level.

Coursework requirements: A 3.0 or higher grade point average for most recent 60 semester or 90 quarter credits; GPA of 3.3 or higher for al social work courses attempted. Each Social work course attempted must have earned a B grade or higher.

Coursework should include at least one introductory social or behavioral science course and a research methods/statistics course. A minimum of 21 semester hours of social or behavioral sciences is expected; students deficient in this area will need to be highly qualified in other areas to be considered for admission.

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts for each college or university attended. Please have the transcripts sent to the USU School of Graduate Studies Office. (USU Transcript code: 4857)

Applicants who have graduated from USU do not need to submit a transcript.

Entrance Exam: Either the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) is a prerequisite for admission. Both tests are equally acceptable. If you have taken an entrance exam multiple times, the highest score will be used in the application process. When submitting your application, you may record unofficial test scores, but official test scores must be reported directly to the USU School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must demonstrate a score or scores at or above the 40th percentile of the above stated exams.

Portfolio Option: Applicants with two or more years of paid human service work experience by the application deadline may submit a portfolio in lieu of the entrance exam. Portfolios should include the required form with a rating of their current level of competency in nine areas and a one-page letter addressed to the MSW admissions committee that describes their human service experience and the scope of their responsibilities. Portfolios can be submitted for review as a supplemental item after the application fee has been paid through the application portal OR emailed to our MSW Program Coordinator prior to application submission at 

Download the Portfolio Option Form here.

The online application will also request the completion of a form concerning your statement of purpose to ascertain your interest in, understanding of, and experience related to social work as a profession. Please note that note that this form is compatible with the most recent versions of Google Chrome, Mac IOS Safari, and Adobe Acrobat. When completed, please attach your completed Statement of Purpose form at may download a copy of this formhere.

Three satisfactory letters of recommendation are required for the completion of any MSW application. Ideally, one letter will be submitted for each applicant from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic work, a field supervisor from a practicum or internship experience, and a supervisor from a significant human services work or volunteer experience. If the applicant will be graduating with a BSW this coming semester, a letter from his/her practicum/internship supervisor is required for consideration into the Advanced Standing program.

The School of Research and Graduate Studies will send each recommender an electronic form to complete, as identified by the applicant.Please note that this form is compatible with the most recent versions of Google Chrome, Mac IOS Safari, and Adobe Acrobat. Please direct your referees to complete this form through the associated directions that are emailed to them through the School of Research and Graduate Studies. You may download a copy of this form here.
The application process requires a resume with relevant research, work and volunteer experience.  Please follow the instructions included with the attached form and submit the form to your application at You may download a copy of this form here.
A non-refundable $55 application fee is paid to the School of Graduate Studies Office. The payment is submitted online at the conclusion of your application.

Tuition and fees for Summer 2017 - 2018: $428 per student credit hour (subject to annual increases)
MSW Full-Time (1-year) Advanced Standing Program: 36 credit hours
MSW Full-Time (2-year) Program: 60 credit hours

MSW Part-Time (1.5-year) Advance Standing Program: 36 credit hours
MSW Part-Time (3-year) Program: 60 credit hours

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