One-Year Advanced Standing MSW Program

Applicants who, at the time of registration, hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a Social Work program accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education or the Council on Social Work Education are eligible for the Advanced Standing Program. This is a 1-year full-time program that starts in May and takes three consecutive terms to complete. The University of Windsor MSW program is taught from an ecological systems perspective.

MSW Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MSW program, the School of Social Work requires applicants to have a grade point average of 73% or above, calculated based on the last two years of their qualifying Honours degree.
Applicants also must have relevant work, volunteer, or practical experience; excellent reference letters; a strong personal statement; and evidence of successful completion of one undergraduate course in statistics and one in research methods both of which must be related to social sciences. If you have not completed one or both of the required courses, the coordinator of the program can provide the applicant with options for accomplishing these, if required, prior to admission.

Applicants who have been out of school for a period of time and wish to demonstrate academic ability beyond what is reflected by their academic transcripts are encouraged to write the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) general test and submit the results with their application. GRE results will not over-ride the GPA but will be considered as a supplement to the application. If you are considering this option, consultation with the Coordinator of MSW Program is recommended.

MSW Advanced Standing Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a total of eight (8) courses and an Advanced Practice Internship (6 credits), which requires four full days working in an agency and may involve travel and/or weekend hours.  Students are responsible for transportation to and from their internship location. The course sequencing for this program is as follows:

Please note: effective Inter/Summer 2023 the MSW Advanced Standing course sequencing will be as follows


SWRK8521, Social Justice and Social Change
SWRK8547, Social Work Research: Practice Evaluation


SWRK8610, Advanced Direct Social Work Practice
SWRK8611, Advanced Indirect Social Work Practice
SWRK8622, Advanced Social Policy Analysis and Development
SWRK8630, Challenges in Child Welfare OR SWRK8631, Challenges in Health & Aging
SWRK8640, Program Design and Evaluation


SWRK8680, Advanced Internship Seminar (Online/Distance Education & held in real time)
SWRK8681, Advanced Practice Internship (450 hours completed four days per week full-time)

Please refer to the University of Windsor Graduate Calendar for course descriptions.