MSW Program Advanced Placement

Criteria to apply for admission with advanced placement:

Only those applicants who have received a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree within the past five years from a degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education are eligible to apply for review for advanced placement in the UAA MSW program.Applicants requesting review for advanced placement must provide additional materials as outlined below which will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee.

Acquisition of a BSW degree from an accredited BSW program does not in and of itself demonstrate that the applicant is ready for advanced placement to the MSW Concentration curriculum.

Applicants for admission to advanced placement must meet a higher standard in writing skills, grade point average, and the articulation and conceptualization of social work knowledge, than applicants to the foundation curriculum.Failure to provide all required information by the stated deadline will result in a denial of the applicant's request for advanced placement.A GPA of 3.5 in BSW program core courses (course work in the Human Behavior, Policy, Research, Practice and Practicum sequences) is required.A grade of "A" or equivalent must have been earned in each field placement course. The Admissions Committee may make exceptions taking into account special circumstances based on their review of the entire application packet.

The MSW Admissions committee reserves the right to require additional coursework dependent upon their assessment of a student's readiness for graduate education.

Reference forms should follow guidelines listed in the application instructions under Step 2. Please note that a reference from the BSW program coordinator or chair, coordinator of the field work/practicum coordinator or from the student's academic advisor is required and should specifically address readiness for advanced placement to the concentration portion of the MSW program.Other recommended sources for references are:Social work faculty member; other college or university faculty; work supervisor, or other professional; supervisor or colleague in volunteer or other community service activities.

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