Advanced Standing Master of Social Work Online

Position yourself for career growth through a clinical-based curriculum that equips you with the expertise to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients from a psychological standpoint.

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Program Overview

Take a closer look at the Advanced Standing MSW

Meet the demand for clinical practitioners by earning an Advanced Standing Master of Social Work online. The CSWE-accredited program will strengthen your ability to meet your clients’ needs by providing you with the expertise to diagnose and treat patients from a psychological and therapeutic perspective.

Designed for those with a BSW degree, the online Advanced Standing MSW features an advanced clinical practice, trauma-informed curriculum that will nurture professional growth through applied, case-based learning. Courses are led by faculty who are trained in trauma and come from diverse areas of expertise.

You will complete 600 hours of supervised clinical practice, which will prepare you to sit for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) in every state.

In this online program, you will:

  • Learn to apply social work knowledge to individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities
  • Study the trauma-informed care model, reviewing the neuroscience of trauma with associated outcomes, and explore trauma’s impact on individual lives
  • Study the DSM-5, focusing on the diagnostic criteria required to accurately assess psychiatric disorders, as well as critically examine the DSM from a social justice perspective
  • Begin to understand the biological, psychological, and sociological variables that influence human behavioral development
  • Consider the ethical dilemmas social workers face in promoting family and client well-being and decision-making
  • Gain an understanding of multiculturalism and culturally sensitive social work practices
  • Analyze social policy and social welfare, how policy affects human rights and social and economic justice, and the marginalization of vulnerable populations
  • Explore advanced clinical practice decision-making and learn to be a critical thinker in the use of research, knowledge, and theory for assessment, intervention, and evaluation
  • Learn to apply social work knowledge to individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities
  • Study the trauma-informed care model, reviewing the neuroscience of trauma with associated outcomes, and explore trauma’s impact on individual lives
  • Study the DSM-5, focusing on the diagnostic criteria required to accurately assess psychiatric disorders, as well as critically examine the DSM from a social justice perspective
  • Begin to understand the biological, psychological, and sociological variables that influence human behavioral development
  • Consider the ethical dilemmas social workers face in promoting family and client well-being and decision-making
  • Gain an understanding of multiculturalism and culturally sensitive social work practices
  • Analyze social policy and social welfare, how policy affects human rights and social and economic justice, and the marginalization of vulnerable populations
  • Explore advanced clinical practice decision-making and learn to be a critical thinker in the use of research, knowledge, and theory for assessment, intervention, and evaluation

Graduates of this online program can transition into such leadership roles as:

  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Human Rights Researcher or Educator
  • Child Welfare Advocate
  • Public Welfare Advocate
  • Victim Services Advocate
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Human Rights Researcher or Educator
  • Child Welfare Advocate
  • Public Welfare Advocate
  • Victim Services Advocate

Also available:

Northern Kentucky University offers a traditional Master of Social Work online for those without a BSW degree. Learn more about our Master of Social Work online.

Total Tuition $19,040
Program Duration As few as 12 months
Credit Hours 30

Accreditation

CSWE Accredited

The Master of Social Work program at Northern Kentucky University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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Tuition

Discover our affordable, low-cost tuition

The Advanced Standing Master of Social Work online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. Financial aid may be available to eligible students.

Tuition Breakdown:

Total Tuition $19,040
Per Credit Hour $617
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Calendar

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With multiple start dates, the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work online program is flexible and convenient. View the calendar to find the best start date for you, along with corresponding deadlines.

SessionProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment Due
Summer 15/6/244/24/244/30/245/3/245/6/24
Fall 18/19/248/7/248/12/248/16/248/19/24
Fall 210/16/2410/3/2410/8/2410/11/2410/16/24

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Apply Date 4/24/24
Class Starts 5/6/24
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Admissions

Review the admission requirements for the Advanced Standing MSW

The admission process is the first step toward earning your Advanced Standing Master of Social Work online.

Admission Requirements:

  • CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree within the past 10 years
  • Statistics course with C or higher
  • 3.5 GPA or higher in social work courses

Advanced Standing Master of Social Work Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alum or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from a regionally accredited institution
  • A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited program, with a total cumulative undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The BSW must be from a regionally accredited institution of higher education within the last 10 years.
  • A statistics course with a C or higher
  • A minimum 3.5 GPA in social work courses
  • A professional resume tailored to your educational goals, including educational background, employment history, awards, and accomplishments. Resume must list three references from people (former instructors, supervisors, colleagues, etc.) who are qualified to evaluate academic and professional potential in the field of social work.

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

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Courses

Take a closer look at the curriculum for the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work

For the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work online, students must complete a total of 30 credit hours, including 6 credit hours of clinical field experiences (600 total hours of supervised clinical practice) and a 3 credit hour elective.

Students must take the following courses:
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Clinical Behavioral Health is an advanced social work practice course. The primary goal is to prepare students for effective and ethical practice with diverse clients. This course uses a biopsychosocial perspective to explore clinical practice decision-making. Clinical interventions and treatment modalities related to clinical behavioral health practice will be reviewed. Prerequisite Admission to MSW Program; Prerequisite or Corequisite SWK 635.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The focus of this course is on the development of groups, use of relationships in group work, leadership skills, and group membership skills in working in groups. Students will become familiar with planning a group, clarifying group purpose, and assessing process and outcome. Prerequisite SWK 635
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students design a research proposal to implement in Applied Research II. Students identify a social problem, review the literature, pose a research question, and develop a research design. This research proposal, which focuses on clinical behavioral health and community practice, forms the foundation of students’ capstone project. Prerequisite SWK 640
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students carry out the research proposal that they designed in Applied Research I. Students collect, analyze, and interpret data. Students then combine all the pieces of their research study into one presentation, which they will present in a public forum. This completed project will constitute their capstone project. PREREQ: SWK 641
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of the history of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) and its purpose. Covers a comprehensive evaluation of the first seven sections of the DSM-5, emphasizing the diagnostic criteria required to accurately assess for the presence of behavioral health disorders. Prerequisite SWK 635 and SWK 602
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is part of a sequence that follows SWK 670. It provides a comprehensive evaluation of the remaining twelve sections of the DSM-5, emphasizing the diagnostic criteria required to accurately assess for behavioral health disorders. More in-depth focus on evidence-based treatment options and behavioral health emergencies is included.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Shifting from a “what’s wrong with you?” to a “what’s happened to you?” paradigm includes connecting presenting behaviors to an individual’s trauma history. This course covers the trauma-informed care model, reviewing the neuroscience of trauma with associated outcomes, and exploring trauma’s impact on children/adolescent development.

Students must take the following field experiences:

Duration: 16 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course allows students to apply theory and evidence-informed practice of Clinical Behavioral Health and Community Practice in a community agency under professional social work supervision. Students complete 300 internship hours within the semester to demonstrate advanced social work practice competencies. A seminar course is taken with the internship. Prerequisite SWK 636 and SWK 670
Duration: 16 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Following Field Experience II students continue to apply theory and evidence-informed practice of Clinical Behavioral Health and Community Practice, in the same community agency under professional social work supervision. Students complete 300 internship hours within the semester to demonstrate advanced social work practice competencies, in addition to a class seminar. Following SWK 651, students continue to apply theory and evidence-informed practice of Clinical Behavioral Health and Community Practice, in the same community agency under professional social work supervision. Students complete 300 hours within the semester to demonstrate advanced social work practice competencies, in addition to a three-hour class seminar.

Students must take one of the following elective courses:

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines a broad range of theories and contemporary issues in aging that relate to social work practice with older adults and their families. Domains of inquiry include biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives of aging. Students apply the evidence-based practice to the theories and issues that impact aging.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Trauma-informed professionals provide individual work and also work with agencies/schools/programs through a trauma-responsive lens. This course moves from understanding “what trauma is” to “what to do with it” by: identifying appropriate assessment and intervention strategies/skills, examining best-practice models and other resources; and analyzing treatment implications across multiple levels of care.

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