Laddering to an MSW using Graduate Certificates

How to use Graduate Certificates to apply to the MSW program

Apply for a Graduate Certificate

You need to complete two graduate certificates to apply to the MSW, one in Advanced Social Work and one in either Clinical Social Work Practice or Leadership in the Human Services. You can complete them in any order.

Check with a student advisor

You have five years from starting the first certificate to apply to the MSW program. If you intend to follow this pathway, you should check with a student advisor early in your journey to explore options and timelines.

Apply for your second Certificate

After completing your first certificate, apply to do your second.

Apply to the MSW Program

Once you've completed both certificates you're eligible to apply to do a course-based MSW. If you're accepted (it's competitive) you'll receive credit for the 24 units of coursework you've already completed.   

Residency Schedule

Fall 2022 entry

Fall 2022

October 1 - 2, 2022
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm

Winter 2023

February 4 - 5, 2023
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm

March 31 -  April 2, 2023
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm