Advanced standing status is only awarded to graduates of baccalaureate social work programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Advanced standing is a one-year full-time academic program that is granted to students with a bachelor's degree in social work from a program accredited by the CSWE. Students must have completed their bachelor's degree in social work with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale within five years of expected enrollment in the MSW Program to apply for advanced standing. It is assumed advanced standing student will have mastered the fundamentals and have demonstrated the ability to perform in an accelerated learning program. Advanced standing students begin course work during the first summer session. Students enroll in SWRK 606 Social Practice Seminar (3 s.h.) and SWRK 608 Statistics and Research Seminar (3 s.h.) courses. During the fall and spring semesters, students complete the advanced field instruction courses: SWRK 650 and SWRK 655 and course requirements for their identified concentration area. Thirty-five (35) hours will be required for graduation. In order to have sufficient time for course and field planning, the MSW Program admissions application deadline for advanced standing is January 15.