Online Advanced Standing Msw Individual And Family Clinical
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100% online,* 8-week courses
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Transfer in up to 3 credit hours
Next Start Date
May 13, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Help People from All Backgrounds Work Through Challenges with Liberty’s Online Advanced Standing MSW – Individual and Family Clinical

If you want to become a licensed social worker** who promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and entire communities, then Liberty University’s online Advanced Standing Master of Social Work (MSW) – Individual and Family Clinical cognate may be right for you.

The Advanced Standing MSW is designed for students who hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). If you’ve already earned your CSWE-accredited bachelor’s in social work,*** you can pursue our Advanced Standing MSW rather than the traditional MSW – so you’ll only need to complete 31 credit hours instead of 60! That way, you can save money, finish your degree faster, and start pursuing your dream career even sooner.

Through the individual and family clinical cognate, you can develop important clinical skills and become proficient in research-informed practice. With guidance from our seasoned faculty, you can learn to address challenges in mental health, substance abuse, diagnosis, and therapeutic practice. Whether you’re working with children, adults, families, or other vulnerable groups, our Advanced Standing MSW – Individual and Family Clinical can help equip you for a rewarding career in trauma recovery, nonprofit work, human trafficking intervention, mental health services, refugee resettlement, and more.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

**Each state has unique requirements for becoming a licensed social worker. Be sure to research the requirements in your state.

***View the Admission Requirements tab on this page for more information.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Advanced Standing MSW Program – Individual and Family Clinical?

Liberty is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) – demonstrating our commitment to academic excellence. Not only that, but we are also ranked in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. This means you can benefit from the accessibility of an online program while still receiving a high-quality education.

At Liberty, you’ll learn from experienced faculty who are committed to helping you achieve your goals. Throughout your courses, they will provide you with insightful instruction and valuable mentorship that can foster both your personal and professional growth. As you study under industry professionals, you can learn insider tips that can help bolster your expertise and set you apart in your field.

Want to take your education beyond the classroom? During the Advanced Standing MSW program, you’ll complete at least 600 hours of social work practice experience under the supervision of a master’s-level social worker. These hours can be completed at an approved location near you, giving you flexibility as you pursue your degree. This immersive experience is essential in preparing you for a successful career as a skilled and ethical social work professional.

What Will You Learn in Our Advanced Standing MSW Program Online – Individual and Family Clinical?

As you gear up for social work graduate studies, you’ll take a bridge course that can help give you an understanding of advanced writing skills, technology proficiencies, the biblical underpinnings of the profession, and the importance of social work values and ethics. Your other core courses will cover topics such as policy, advocacy, social justice, applied research and ethics, diversity, and cultural humility.

Within the individual and family clinical cognate, you can learn how to work with individuals, families, and groups who struggle with substance abuse and mental health. You’ll complete a psychopathology course that will cover mental health diagnoses and addictive behavior. In particular, you’ll examine how the ICD-10 classification/coding system and DSM-5 diagnostic manual are used to help diagnose symptoms and provide treatment. Additionally, you will explore the nuances of therapeutic practice for children and families, including how to use research-informed practice to help these populations thrive.

To round out your education, you’ll complete at least 600 field experience hours, which can help you apply theoretical concepts from the classroom to practical, real-life scenarios. Through this experience, you can gain hands-on skills that are applicable to schools, hospitals, adoption agencies, nursing homes, group homes, mental health clinics, and more.

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Highlights of Our Advanced Standing Online MSW Program – Individual and Family Clinical

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
  • Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Complete at least 600 hours of field experience prior to graduation.
  • Meet the requirements to sit for social work licensure exams.
  • Develop core skills needed to work in schools, hospitals, adoption agencies, nursing homes, group homes, and mental health clinics.
  • Access top-notch resources through our Jerry Falwell Library portal.

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Military Benefits for Our Advanced Standing MSW Online – Individual and Family Clinical

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

Potential Career Opportunities for Graduates of Our Online MSW Advanced Standing Program – Individual and Family Clinical

  • Adoption consultant
  • Agency director
  • Child and family social worker
  • Clinical social worker
  • Elementary and secondary school social worker
  • Nonprofit organization director
  • Social work supervisor

Admission Requirements for Our MSW Online Advanced Standing Program

A BSW or BSSW from a CSWE-accredited program (conferred within the last 7 years) with a 3.0 GPA or higher is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • 3 reference names and contact information (including phone number)
    • 1 must be a field faculty member or program director from the BSW/BSSW program
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Department questionnaire
  • Final field evaluation from BSW/BSSW program
  • Department approval
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.