At Grand Canyon University (GCU), you can apply your knowledge from your accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree toward a Master of Social Work (Advanced Standing) degree (MSW) and graduate faster. Students accepted in the advanced standing MSW program are eligible to move straight into the advanced year social work courses.
In this advanced standing Master of Social Work, you will gain specialized skills and knowledge in the areas surrounding social work theory, practice and social work ethics. Graduates of this advanced standing MSW program are equipped to work effectively with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities on various social and behavioral health issues.
Help Improve Lives in Your Community With GCU’s Advanced Standing MSW Program
As an MSW advanced standing student, you will be prepared to actively engage in social justice issues affecting each system level, employing evidence-based practice strategies and interventions through this advanced generalist specialization.
As a graduate of a Bachelor of Social Work accredited program, you already have knowledge in helping others. Earning an MSW advanced standing degree can strengthen your skill set and provide additional tools for helping improve the lives of others.
Course Topics in GCU’s MSW Advanced Standing Program
As with the Bachelor of Social Work program, GCU’s advance standing MSW online and evening program adheres to the social work standards and competencies established by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). GCU is committed to providing a quality education taught by knowledgeable faculty. The content of the program is designed to provide a competitive edge in the workforce, focusing on pivotal areas including:
- Ethical and professional behavior
- Diversity and difference in practice
- Human rights and social, economic and environmental justice
- Practice-informed research and research-informed practice
- Policy practice
- Engaging with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
- Assessing individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
- Intervening with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
- Evaluating practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
GCU also provides a distinct MSW education, integrating Christian worldview and ethics throughout the courses. Graduates will be able to express aspects of the Christian worldview, which affect human value and dignity, ethical decision-making, academic disciplines and vocation.
Career Opportunities for Advanced Standing Master of Social Work (MSW) Graduates
Social workers are valuable in many different settings, providing a wide variety of career paths. Graduates of an advanced standing MSW online program may choose to become a social worker at schools or within healthcare organizations. Social workers can also choose to work with families or individuals and specialize in various areas such as gerontology, criminal justice or healthcare. Positions you may pursue with an MSW advanced standing degree are:
- Social and community service manager
- Marriage and family therapist
- Mental health and substance abuse social worker
- Postsecondary social work educator
Alternatively, you can pursue a career as a clinical licensed social worker or therapist. This role requires certification as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and includes post graduate supervised practice. The requirements for licensure are set by the state. Be sure to check your state’s requirements as you work toward this career goal.
Advanced Standing MSW Program FAQs
View our frequently asked questions for this online advance standing MSW program.
1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social Workers, retrieved on Jan. 17, 2023.
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