Students who enter the Master of Social Work program from disciplines other than social work enter the program with Foundation Standing. These students must take courses to lay a foundation for the concentration level social work courses. These foundation courses are taken during the first three semesters of the program. Students who begin with Foundation Standing may complete their course work in two and one-half years (seven semesters).
The advanced standing option was developed to recognize the academic accomplishments of outstanding applicants who have completed a B.A. in social work or BSW from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students who are accepted into the Advanced Standing level may complete their course work in one and one half years (four semesters).
An area(s) of concentration is chosen after completing the foundation year or when entering the program at the Advanced Standing level. A short explanation of the concentration areas being offered in the MSW Program at NNU can be found under the designation Concentration Schedules.