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Master of Social Work –
Advanced Standing Track

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NO Residency

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NO Group Work

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100% Online Learning

Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing Track


This track is ideal for those that have an undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This option makes it possible for students to explore advanced topics and earn their master’s degree with fewer required credits.

Students on this track will examine topics in contemporary social work, including factors influencing the family, engaging with clients with complex needs, and assisting marginalized populations. It also covers core clinical skills in forensic social work and advanced leadership skills. The learning experience combines online coursework and in-person practicum work. In practicum, students work directly with clients and client groups in a local agency or facility under the supervision of a qualified professional. 


Unmatched Flexibility

NU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.

100% Doctoral Faculty

No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement

You won’t have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NU, you’ll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor, receiving personalized mentoring.

Course Details

Credit Hours: 36

Courses: 12

Estimated Time to Complete: 12 months

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Students will intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Students will assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Students will engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Students will engage in policy practice
  • Students will engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
  • Students will advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
  • Students will engage diversity and difference in practice
  • Students will demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.

NU graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a program, certification/licensure, employment, and state-by-state basis that can include one or more of the following items: internships, practicum experience, additional coursework, exams, tests, drug testing, earning an additional degree, and/or other training/education requirements.

All prospective students are advised to review employment, certification, and/or licensure requirements in their state, and to contact the certification/licensing body of the state and/or country where they intend to obtain certification/licensure to verify that these courses/programs qualify in that state/country, prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s/country’s policies and procedures relating to certification/licensure, as those policies are subject to change.

National University degrees do not guarantee employment or salary of any kind. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to review desired job positions to review degrees, education, and/or training required to apply for desired positions. Prospective students should monitor these positions as requirements, salary, and other relevant factors can change over time.