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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

This advanced Standing M.S.W. program is 39 credit hours and can be completed in one year (three semesters).

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Summer admissions only

Deadline – February 15

Social Work – Advanced Standing, M.S.W.

Department Contact
Nasser Salmanzadeh
[email protected]

Georgia State’s Advanced Standing Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program strives to prepare students for social work leadership roles in the effort to solve, in partnerships with others, the existing and developing challenges that confront communities in the United States and internationally. Community partnerships, based on a generalist practice model, is the sole focus of the M.S.W. program. Students in the Community Partnerships specialization are educated to advance the needs and capacities of the total community by promoting social and economic justice and maximizing human potential. They are educated to commit themselves to addressing the life circumstances, such as poverty, violence, discrimination and disparities in social and economic justice that fall disproportionately on vulnerable groups and challenge the spirit of the entire community. This unique focus provides students with the opportunity to learn about social issues facing urban communities through a social and economic justice framework. Our graduates have become leaders in various service delivery sectors including health care, public child welfare services, non profit management and numerous other contexts.

To accomplish the mission of the M.S.W. program, the School of Social Work has set forth these goals: (1) students will be able to think critically and communicate effectively in the application of social work knowledge, skills and values to community partnerships practice, and (2) students will be able to engage as social work leaders to build and strengthen communities.

Georgia State Master’s Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Program Details

The Advanced Standing, Master of Social Work program is available only to applicants possessing a Bachelor of Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education accredited program awarded in the last five years.

  • Submitted Online Application: All online applications and materials must be received by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  • GPA: Advanced Standing students must have an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Application fee: A non-refundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  • Statement of Purpose: Refer to the MSW admissions page for the Statement of Purpose Guidelines and supplemental questions to be answered.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  • Upload Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended.

The Curriculum Structure for the M.S.W. program consists of three components: (1) Liberal Arts Perspective, (2) Social Work Generalist Practice and (3) Social Work Specialization. The M.S.W. program can be completed in two calendar years of full-time study and three calendar years of part-time study. Total degree hours: 60 semester hours for full-time and part-time students and 39 semester hours for advanced standing students.

The liberal arts core will include course work in humanities and social sciences, a course with human biology content, statistics and research.

The purpose of the professional social work generalist practice curriculum is two-fold. First, the generalist practice model provides core knowledge for competent social work practice through the presentation of new advances in practice knowledge, as well as the accumulated knowledge of social work education and the social work profession. Second, the generalist practice serves as preparation for the focused knowing and learning in the specialization year.

Students in the program have options for both full-time and part-time programs. In addition, an advanced standing option is available for students who have met the 30 credit hours of Social Work Generalist Practice course work as a result of their bachelor’s degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Visit the Masters of Social Work section of the Georgia State catalog for details on course offerings and programs. You may also download the attached pdf resources.

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

Cost Calculator

Our cost calculator can help you get an idea of the costs associated with attending the university.

To accomplish the mission of the M.S.W. program, the School of Social Work has set forth these goals:

(1) students will be able to think critically and communicate effectively in the application of social work knowledge, skills and values to community partnerships practice, and

(2) students will be able to engage as social work leaders to build and strengthen communities

Field education at Georgia State is organized and implemented as a partnership between the educational community and the practice community in training future social work practitioners. Within this partnership, there are three key people to the success of the field education experience: the student, field supervisor and faculty liaison. First is the student, who possesses the willingness and desire to observe, learn, take action and reflect. The student’s professional development is guided and nurtured by the field supervisor whose role as teacher is pivotal in the student’s evaluation of self as an emerging professional social worker. The faculty liaison’s role is to provide ongoing support and information to the student and the field supervisor. Communication among all parties is critical in meeting the objectives of field education and maintaining a healthy partnership. Ongoing feedback is welcomed from all parties.

View more information about field education.

Download the School of Social Work Student Handbook.



Master's Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes. Click to open PDF version.
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Master’s Social Work Program
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes.

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Social Work is a profession (like nursing) and our B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education with a complete listing of all accredited B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs available here. Social workers are employed in mental health, substance abuse, aging, schools, military, child welfare, health, private practice, a huge range of nonprofits, criminal justice-based programs and many other fields. Our professional association is NASW and more info about our Georgia chapter can be found here.


General Questions/Academic Assistance
Office of Academic Assistance
Phone: (404) 413-0021
Email: [email protected]

Department Contact
Nasser Salmanzadeh
[email protected]


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