Degree Overview

Maximize your professional potential and take your social work career a step further with the Advanced Standing MSW online program from St. Ambrose University. Through an interactive online classroom, the online Advanced Standing MSW delivers the flexible course options you need to learn on your time and balance your education with your full-time responsibilities. As you earn your MSW online, you’ll navigate an accelerated curriculum, learn from educators who bring years of field experience to their courses and receive the academic support you need to complete your degree in 10 months and meet the educational requirements for licensure.*

Created for those who have a BSW from a CSWE-accredited university, this program provides the advanced skills you need to stand out. With the mission to prepare competent and ethical social work professionals who advocate a just society, the Advanced Standing MSW online program offers courses based on the empowerment method of social work. Empowerment social work emphasizes client system strengths and skill development to remove barriers toward growth. Explore this method and develop skills to strengthen your career through MSW online courses that prepare you for practice in healthcare, substance abuse, child welfare, and mental health practice.

As you complete your online Advanced Standing MSW degree and study ethical standards for professional social work, you’ll utilize the empowerment method in your practice and help individuals focus on competence rather than deficits. You’ll also develop the skills to engage diversity and difference within your career as you evaluate, assess and intervene with client systems. Upon completion of the online Advanced Standing MSW program, you’ll be fully equipped to succeed in the next step of your social work career.

*State licensure requirements vary.

Degree Details

  • Next Start Date:6/14/21
  • Est. Program Length*:10 months
  • Credit Hours:36 total
  • Course Length:8 weeks
  • Cost Per Credit Hour:$760

Who is This Degree For?

  • Students who have a BSW degree from a CSWE accredited program and are seeking the next step in their education
  • BSW graduates who want to advocate for diverse populations through their careers
  • BSW graduates who are currently employed as social workers and seeking leadership roles within their facilities

Interview with the Director of the School of Social Work


  • MSW 720 A Social Work Program Evaluation
  • MSW 690 A Diversity and Social Policy
  • Additional elective opportunities


  • MSW 530 A/B/S Empowerment Practice I
  • MSW 603 A/B/S Field Seminar III: Social Work Ethics
  • MSW 593 A/S Field Instruction**
  • MSW * Elective


  • MSW 603 A/B/S Field Seminar III: Social Work Ethics
  • MSW 593 A/S Field Instruction**
  • MSW Elective


  • MSW 540 A/B/S Empowerment Practice II
  • MSW 604 A/B/S Field Seminar IV: Ethical Decision-Making
  • MSW 594 Field Instruction**
  • MSW Elective


  • MSW 604 A/B/S Field Seminar IV: Ethical Decision-Making
  • MSW 594 Field Instruction**
  • MSW Elective

*School Social Work has required electives in Summer and Fall 1.

**These courses require students to spend 16 clock hours per week (2 days) in a field practicum.

Career Outcomes


Social workers can contribute at many different levels. One such position is as a clinical social worker. St. Ambrose’s Advanced Standing MSW online program serves as the building block to required post-education experience. Once you complete the program, you’ll be equipped with the skills to engage diversity and difference in your practice, along with the credential to take the next step toward your career as a social worker in hospitals, addiction treatment centers, assisted living facilities and more.


Addictions social workers intervene in the lives of individuals living with addiction. Employed in multiple settings, these professionals engage in research-informed practice to counsel their clients and help them make positive life changes. Once you complete St. Ambrose’s Advanced Standing MSW online program, you’ll have the skills to effectively counsel those suffering from addiction.


Among numerous responsibilities, social work professionals in military leadership roles develop and coordinate fundraisers and plan services for the population their organization serves. With St. Ambrose’s MSW online program, you’ll develop the skills to evaluate a population’s needs and successfully provide services to military personnel.

Why St. Ambrose?

  • Outcomes-based Education

    St. Ambrose University is focused on results: 90% of our 2016-17 undergraduates were employed in their field, attending graduate school, or contributing to their communities as volunteers within six months of graduating. Alumni of our graduate programs are leading worldwide corporations, hospitals, security firms, hospitals, non-profit organizations and more.

  • Outstanding Faculty

    You will learn from leading educators, practitioners, and researchers who support your educational and professional goals. Our faculty are focused on teaching first and are readily available to answer questions or help you dive deeper into a topic.

  • Affordability

    Our competitive tuition means you will get a deep and relevant education at an affordable price.

  • Core Values

    Ambrosians share a commitment to academic excellence, liberal arts, social justice, and service. Our students, alumni and faculty are actively contributing to their communities, professions, and the world. Join us, grow, and make an impact of your own.

Benefits of Learning Online

  • Flexible Schedule

    With our fully online format, you can balance your education around your busy life. Take advantage of a structure that puts your needs first.

  • Community

    Enjoy completing your studies in a community of peers from diverse backgrounds.

  • Become an Ambrosian

    Earn a St. Ambrose University online degree from anywhere in the world.

  • Experienced Faculty

    Our faculty have real-world experience and a passion for teaching. Make a connection and use it to help propel your career.

  • Competitive Tuition

    We offer competitive tuition and financial aid for our online programs.