The two-year full-time program is available for students who can devote themselves
to full-time academic and field study in social work. Students complete 60 academic
credits required for graduation in two years.
The Advanced Program at the Chicago State University Department of Social Work is
an intensive program for students who have graduated from a CSWE (Council of Social Work Education) accredited baccalaureate social work program.
A limited number of qualified applicants are accepted. Applicants must have received
their BSW undergraduate degree within four years prior to admission.
Applicants to the Advanced Standing Program must have an overall grade point average
(GPA) of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in the social work major. Students who receive a "C"
in any undergraduate social work course must repeat the equivalent course in the MSW
program. Advance standing students are required to complete a minimum of 33 credit
hours toward the MSW degree. Applicants accepted into the program may be waived from
courses required in the foundation year of the M.S.W. program based on an evaluation
The Part-Time Program allows students flexibility in meeting the requirements for
the M.S.W. degree in three or four years. Students are expected to register for a
minimum of two courses per semester, including summer.
The CSU Graduate catalogue lists courses offered by the MSW Program. Appended to this
handbook are sample programs for each semester. These samples provide a brief overview
of the core elements of the MSW curriculum. The master’s degree requires a minimum
of 60 credits. The following is a listing of courses required by all students and
that of each concentration. All required courses are three credit hours each.