Grand Canyon University

Master of Social Work (Advanced Standing)


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Social Work (Advanced Standing)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Apply your knowledge from your Bachelor of Social Work degree toward Grand Canyon University’s Master of Social Work (Advance Standing) degree and graduate more quickly. In this Advanced Standing master’s degree, you will gain specialized skills and knowledge in the areas surrounding social work theory, practice and social work ethics.

As a graduate of this advance standing MSW program, you will be equipped to work effectively with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities on various social and behavioral health issues.

Help Improve Lives in Your Community With GCU's Advanced Standing MSW Program

Advance standing MSW students will be prepared to actively engage in social justice issues affecting each system level, employing evidence-based practice strategies and interventions through this advanced generalist specialization. As a graduate of a Bachelor of Social Work CSWE accredited program, you already have knowledge to help others. Earning a MSW degree can strengthen your skill set and provide additional tools for helping improve the lives of others.

What Can You Do With an Advanced Standing MSW?

Social workers are valuable in many different settings, providing a wide variety of career paths. Graduates of a MSW program may choose to become a social worker at schools or within healthcare organizations. Social workers can also choose to work with families or individuals. You may choose to specialize in various areas such as gerontology, criminal justice or healthcare.

Alternatively, you can pursue a career as a clinical licensed social worker or therapist. This role requires certification as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and includes post graduate supervised practice. The requirements for licensure are set by the state. Be sure to check your state’s requirements as you work toward this goal.

The GCU Difference

GCU’s online Advance Standing MSW program adheres to the social work standards and competencies established by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). GCU is committed to providing a quality education taught by seasoned professors. The content of the program is designed to provide a competitive edge in the workforce, focusing on pivotal areas including:

    Ethical and professional behavior

    Diversity and difference in practice

    Human rights and social, economic and environmental justice

    Practice-informed research and research-informed practice

    Policy practice

    Engaging with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities

    Assessing individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities

    Intervening with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities

    Evaluating practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities

GCU also provides a distinct MSW education, integrating Christian worldview and ethics throughout the courses. Graduates will be able to express aspects of the Christian worldview, which affect human value and dignity, ethical decision making, academic disciplines and vocation.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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