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  • 1. Advanced StandingPRESENTATION TITLEPresentation SubtitleEarn your MSWonline throughadvanced standing.
  • 2. Advanced StandingRanked no. 11 amongsocial work programs byU.S. News & World ReportUSC School of Social Work
  • 3. Advanced StandingVirtual Academic Center Best of both worlds Interactive web-based learning environment Same quality education as the on-site program Hands-on traditional field education
  • 4. Advanced StandingMSW@USC Students Represent Our NationStudents enrolled as of January 2013
  • 6. Advanced StandingFace-to-Face Classes
  • 7. Advanced StandingThe Virtual Academic Center
  • 8. Advanced StandingFamiliar Social Networking Tools
  • 9. Advanced StandingOnline Coursework
  • 10. Advanced StandingSpectrum of Social Work Practice featuring Professor Esther GilliesPolicy and Practice in Social Service Organizations
  • 11. Advanced Standing Receive instant alerts forupcoming live sessionsand assignments View self-paced coursecontent Communicate withclassmates andprofessorsMSW@USC Mobile App
  • 12. Advanced StandingADMISSIONS
  • 13. Advanced StandingAdmissions Requirements 3.25 cumulative GPA 3.5 GPA in social workcoursework BSW from an accreditedschool in the last five years Two letters ofrecommendation from fieldinstructor and professor Passing grades for six-unitbridge courses prior toconcentration year
  • 14. Advanced Standing Online Graduate Admission Application Supplemental Form: Social Work Rsum Statement of Purpose Two Letters of Recommendations (third optional) Official Transcript(s)Online Graduate Requirements
  • 15. Advanced StandingCURRICULUM
  • 16. Advanced StandingEarning Your MSWThe MSW@USC advanced standing program requires thecompletion of 35 units.Advanced StandingFull TimeSemesters Program Length12 months3Advanced StandingPart Time1 year and 9 months5
  • 17. Advanced StandingBridge Courses Complete three, two-creditcourses. Must earn a B or better to beadmitted. If courses are not completedwith a B or better, you maystill enroll in the traditionalMSW program.
  • 18. Advanced StandingBridge CoursesAssessment in Social Work Practice Reviews writing a bio-psychosocial assessment.Neuropsychological Development Introduction of the mind-body connection.The Role of Evidence-Based Practice in Social Work How to compile a research paper and study proposal.
  • 19. Advanced StandingConcentrations Community Organization,Planning & Administration (COPA) Families and Children Health Mental Health Social Work and Business in aGlobal SocietyConcentrationsSub-Concentration Military Social Work &Veterans Services
  • 20. Advanced StandingConcentration Year 20 hrs/week 550 hrs50 percent of time dedicated to direct practice.Field Education
  • 21. Advanced StandingField EducationUSC Finds Placements in Your CommunityConcentration Year Goals Focus on area of study Student interviews/selects option(s) Agency recommendations welcomed
  • 22. Advanced StandingFINANCIAL AID
  • 23. Advanced StandingHow to Apply for Financial AidMay 2013 Cohort1) 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)Available at 2013-14 FAFSA available after January 1, 2013 Use 2012 income or estimated income USCs Federal School Code: 0013282) Enrollment and Housing Form for Graduate StudentsAvailable at Submit after step one Log in to your My Financial Aid & Documents (top right corner)and click on Document Library
  • 24. Advanced StandingUSC TuitionUnits Per Semester Cost per Unit Total Cost Per Semester15 18 N/A $22,8011 14 $1,536 Up to $21,504Estimated cost per year is $50,448- $53,760The most current per-unit costs can be found online at
  • 25. Advanced StandingFederal Direct Loan Program and Loan ForgivenessLoans AmountsDirect Unsubsidized Stafford Loan $20,500 annual maxGraduate PLUS Loan (credit based) May borrow up to the cost ofattendance minus other aidreceivedFor more information, visit and click onloans and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and/or Federal DirectGraduate PLUS loanPublic Service Loan Forgiveness: To learn more go to
  • 26. Advanced StandingSatisfactory Academic Progress Meet a minimum grade point average Earn a minimum number of units per semester Complete the degree objective within a maximum number ofsemesters and maximum number of attempted unitsReturn of Title IV Aid:If a student ceases enrollment prior to the planned completion date aportion of Title IV aid may be returned.
  • 28. Advanced StandingScholarships School of Social Work Scholarships Deans Leadership Scholarship Virtual Academic Center Scholarship City Year Scholarships USC Scholarships Outside
  • 29. Advanced Standing Full-time students are eligible for both need- andmerit-based scholarships. Award amounts vary. Full-time students will also be considered for theSchool of Social Work Endowed Scholarships. Endowed scholarships are awarded based on a variety of criteria(both need and merit) as outlined by the donors whosegenerosity makes these awards possible.Scholarships
  • 30. Advanced StandingSCHOLARSHIPQUESTIONS?Contact
  • 31. Advanced StandingImportant DatesClass Start Date Application DeadlineSeptember 3, 2013 July 1, 2013Virtual Academic Center
  • 32. Advanced StandingCareer Opportunities in Social WorkMore than 6.9 million new jobs in social services by 2018.* Health care Schools Private clinical practice Child welfare Veterans programs Community-based nonprofitorganizations Government offices Juvenile and corrections facilities Human resource programs Private sector companies
  • 33. Advanced StandingGet Started TodayVirtual Academic CenterPhone: 1.855.821.4USC (4872)Email: sswvac@usc.eduWebsite: msw.usc.eduUniversity of Southern California School of Social Work
  • 34. Advanced StandingQUESTIONS &ANSWERS