Degree Requirements

Programs and Practicum

2-Year MSW Program

The 2-Year MSW degree begins with a curriculum in generalist practice. Students are taught the hallmarks of generalist social work practice – the ability to master social work practice competencies and practice behaviors in their work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.


Advanced Standing Program

The Advanced Standing program allows students who have obtained a baccalaureate degree (BSW/BASW) in Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program and meet application requirements to complete their degree in 10 months. Students enter the graduate program in the summer intersession and enroll in three courses (nine credits total) that are specifically designed to prepare them to join the Specialized Practice curriculum in Fall. 



Seattle University’s MSW program offers a rigorous and supportive Field Education program (practicum). Field education is a “signature pedagogy” of professional social work education (CSWE, 2015).  MSW students will complete 1120 hours of practicum; advanced standing students will complete 720 hours. The Seattle University MSW program field education works with community agencies and qualified supervisors that have demonstrated a commitment to providing a strong educational experience for students.

No Credit for Life Experience

As per the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Education Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) 3.1.5, the MSW program does not grant social work course credit for life experiences or previous work experience.