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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota - Online Master of Social Work with Advanced Standing Option

The Graduate School of Health and Human Services at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota offers an online Master of Social Work (MSW) program with an Advanced Standing option. The MSW program prepares students to address social justice issues by working directly with individuals, families, and communities.

Topics covered during the Master of Social Work program include ethics and professional behavior, diversity of practice, social policy and change, human rights, social and economic justice, and assessment of individuals, families, and groups. The curriculum aligns with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) standards, and the program is in the pre-candidacy stage of accreditation with the council. In addition, graduates can sit for the Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) exam.

The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Master of Social Work is a 60-credit program that begins in the fall, spring, or summer. Full-time students can complete the program in two years, while part-time students complete the degree in four years. The coursework is 100% online with no campus visits required. Students must also complete field practicums to meet the degree requirements and hours for licensure.

Advanced Standing students can complete the MSW degree in half the time, with half the field practicum hours. Such students can complete the degree in one year on a full-time basis, or two years part-time. Advanced Standing applicants must hold a CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree from a regionally accredited institution. The Advanced Standing MSW degree consists of 30 credits over 10 courses.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s online courses are delivered through the Engage Learning Management System (LMS). Courses are asynchronous with set deadlines for assignments and assessments. Engage offers a variety of online tools including podcasts, discussion boards, video conferencing, shared notes and screens, and videos.
MSW students receive an iPad through the university for use throughout the program. The iPad is preloaded with productivity applications and programs to help students with their online learning experience. Student services include access to faculty and staff through phone or email, 24/7 technical support, and academic and career support.

Courses for the online MSW may include History and Philosophy of Social Work and Social Welfare; Individuals & Families; Groups & Large Systems; Human Behavior in the Social Environment I – Families, Groups, Organizations, & Society; Psychopathology; Social Work Research; Clinical Methods I With Individuals; Clinical Methods II With Families, Groups, & Large Systems; Ethical Social Work Practice; and Clinical Field Experience I-II With Seminar.

The program also includes three electives chosen from the following: Clinical Practice With Children and Adolescents; Clinical Practice With Addictions; Clinical Practice With Trauma; and U.S. Poverty: Perspectives and Interventions.

The Advanced Standing MSW includes Psychopathology; Clinical Methods I With Individuals; Clinical Methods II With Families, Groups, & Large Systems; Ethical Social Work Practice; Supervision & Management; and Social Work Capstone. These students also complete two clinical field experience courses with seminars. In addition, Advanced Standing students choose two electives from the list above.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The MSW program currently has pre-candidacy status with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Programs: Master of Social Work, Master of Social Work - Advanced Standing
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC); The MSW is in pre-candidacy status with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Master of Social Work

Program Highlights
  • The MSW prepares students to face social justice issues by working with individuals, families, and communities
  • Graduates can sit for the Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) exam
  • The curriculum aligns with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) standards and the MSW program is in the pre-candidacy stage of accreditation with the council
Program Overview
Program Structure: Online instruction with fieldwork in the student's geographical area
Example Courses: History and Philosophy of Social Work and Social Welfare; Individuals & Families; Groups & Large Systems; Human Behavior in the Social Environment I - Families, Groups, Organizations, & Society; Psychopathology
Instruction Methods: Courses are delivered asynchronously through SMUMN's Engage LMS, and assignments and exams have specified due dates; social work students must complete a capstone course and clinical field work
Degree Requirements
Credits Required: 60 credits needed to graduate
Campus Visits Required: 0
Program Options
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, and Summer admission
Curriculum Options: Full-time or Part-time
Length of Program: Program can be completed in 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.75
Testing Requirements: No GRE required
Work Experience: Not required for admission
Tuition Costs: ~$48,000
Cost per Credit Hour: $800.00

Visit landing.onlineprograms.smumn.edu to learn more about the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota MSW

Master of Social Work - Advanced Standing

Program Highlights
  • Designed for candidates with a CSWE-accredited bachelor of social work degree, who may complete the MSW degree in half the time of the full degree
  • Graduates can sit for the Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) exam
  • The curriculum aligns with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) standards and the MSW program is in the pre-candidacy stage of accreditation with the council
Program Overview
Program Structure: Online instruction with fieldwork in the student's geographical area
Example Courses: Psychopathology; Clinical Methods I With Individuals; Clinical Methods II With Families, Groups, & Large Systems; Ethical Social Work Practice; Supervision & Management; Social Work Capstone
Instruction Methods: Courses are delivered asynchronously through SMUMN's Engage LMS, and assignments and exams have specified due dates; social work students must complete a capstone course and clinical field work
Degree Requirements
Credits Required: 30 credits needed to graduate
Campus Visits Required: 0
Program Options
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, and Summer admission
Curriculum Options: Full-time or Part-time
Length of Program: Program can be completed in 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.75
Testing Requirements: No GRE required
Work Experience: Not required for admission
Tuition Costs: ~$24,000
Cost per Credit Hour: $800.00

Visit landing.onlineprograms.smumn.edu to learn more about the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota MSW