Designed for students with a bachelor's degree in social work, Campbellsville University's online MSW – Advanced Standing program serves as a fast track to licensure and leadership opportunities in the field.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 5/08/2024
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Estimated Length: 1 year
Credit Hours: 30-39
Cost Per Credit: $603
Accreditation: CSWE

Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing Track Overview

Campbellsville University’s CSWE-accredited advanced standing curriculum prepares you for graduate-level social work licensure, allowing you to provide direct client services under the supervision of an appropriately licensed social worker.

Our accelerated program equips you with advanced social work skills and knowledge to work at the individual, family, group, community and global levels of practice. The curriculum covers psychopathology, practice with families and groups and leadership skills and ethics across all levels of social work practice. As a student, you may pursue the generalist degree or opt to customize your MSW with a clinical, substance use disorder or faith-based area of focus.


The generalist program prepares you for the graduate-level social work licensure necessary to provide direct client services under the supervision of an appropriately licensed social worker. You’ll explore various topics, including psychopathology and ethics, and complete the program fully prepared for diverse opportunities within the field, working with individuals, families or groups.

Clinical Area of Focus

The clinical area of focus prepares you for a graduate-level license to practice clinical social work under the supervision of a licensed clinical social worker. You will study psychopharmacology, change theory and theories of social work practice. This area of focus is ideal for students who want to work in mental health settings.

Substance Use Disorder Area of Focus

The substance use disorder area of focus prepares you for a graduate-level license to practice clinical substance abuse social work and clinical drug and alcohol counseling under the supervision of a licensed social worker. The curriculum is designed by practitioners who are experts in substance abuse treatment. Courses include topics like psychopharmacology, change theory and addictions.

Faith-Based Area of Focus

Taught from a justice perspective that honors the dignity and worth of all persons, you’ll learn how to integrate faith ethically in all components of social work practice. Selecting this focus area means your placement will be in a nonprofit program, organization, or project that identifies as faith-based in the name or mission statement. You’ll work under the supervision of an MSW leader with an MSW degree and at least two years of post-degree experience.

Who Is The Online Advanced Standing Program For?

Those with a bachelor’s degree in social work can accelerate their studies by completing our advanced standing program. Students with an academic background in fields other than social work can gain the experience they need in the foundation program.

I believe the most valuable aspect of the program is the professor’s commitment to excellence. I feel like [they] truly want their students to succeed, providing feedback on each written assignment to propel the students to a higher level of education.
-Jacqueline Kirkbride, MSW ’22

Additional Program Information

Course Map

Students in the 30-39 credit-hour advanced standing track can earn their degree in just nine months.

The Council on Social Work Education requires MSW students to have 900 hours of field practice at degree completion. Master’s students who hold a BSW and are accepted at the graduate level will count the practicum hours from their BSW program requirements towards the 900 hours.

This program includes 450 hours at the advanced standing level. Students are responsible for finding and securing their field placements.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants pursuing the advanced standing track must have the following:

  1. Completed application.
  2. Completed Carver School MSW graduate program application form (sent via Adobe Sign).
  3. Baccalaureate social work degree from a CSWE-accredited program and have an overall GPA of 3.0.*
  4. Conferred degree transcripts from an accredited institution.
  5. No Ds, Fs or Us (students must retake these prior to transitioning to the advanced year).
  6. Three recommendations using the standardized social work program recommendation form (sent via Adobe Sign).

Application Deadline Dates:

  • Fall Term: Complete your application by June 15
  • Spring Term: Complete your application by November 15
  • Summer Term: Complete your application by March 15

Field Deadline Dates**:

  • Fall Term: July 1
  • Spring Term: December 1
  • Summer Term: April 1

*Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement may still apply and be considered for Advanced Standing but must include a personal statement along with the application.
**Full-time advanced standing applicants who want to complete the MSW degree, including field education, in two semesters MUST apply early and work with the MSW Director of Field Education to secure placement arrangements by the field deadline.

Information on State Licensure Requirements

Costs & Financial Aid

The online MSW costs $603 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.

Careers in Social Work

As a graduate from Campbellsville University’s online master’s degree in social work program, you can pursue several careers. Potential career outcomes include:

Why CU Online?

Focused on Your Growth

Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.

Faith-Based Education

Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.

Affordable and Convenient

Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format, so you can study whenever and wherever you want.


Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.

Benefits of Learning Online

Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.

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