Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Do you have passion for helping others?

A desire to make a difference in the world?

We seek individuals with a commitment to social justice, an ability to think critically, and a natural talent for helping . Join a program that builds on these natural talents to train the next generation of master’s level social workers.

Not only is the need for licensed social workers predicted to grow over the next 10 years, but our current economic, health care, and social crises unfortunately highlight the need for social workers. We're a profession that's charged with advocating for, empowering, and assisting those in society who are most oppressed. Often, this means supporting children and families living on the margins; however, we're also charged with strengthening social systems and support networks so that no one is denied basic human rights.

This two-year graduate program, which features an “advanced standing” option for eligible students with a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.), pairs in-class instruction with hands-on application through a structured internship process.

Because this M.S.W. curriculum is standardized, you'll be eligible for professional licensure in Pennsylvania, as well as the rest of the United States. You'll receive advanced generalist training for helping professionals working in a number of practice settings, such as school systems, behavioral health institutions, medical settings, and child welfare agencies.

Be the difference ...

  • This is a two-year program for people who've earned bachelor’s degrees, not limited to just social work. Anyone interested in a career in social work can apply.
  • Applicants with a B.S.W. can apply for “advanced standing.” Those who excelled in their B.S.W. programs may opt out of the foundational year of the program. Advanced standing essentially cuts two semesters off the program.
  • Advanced generalist social workers are taught a basic set of skills that can be applied in multiple settings and used with individuals, couples, small groups, families, agencies, communities, and in policy practice.
  • Social work is a value-based profession that works towards social justice for everyone.
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

M.S.W. Program Coordinator
   Andy Dunlap, Ph.D., M.S.W. |

Department of Sociology, Social Work,
and Criminal Justice

2105 McCormick Center
Fax: 570-389-2019
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Strong Regional Demand

Major employers in our region have a high demand for M.S.W.’s. The region’s largest health system seeks qualified M.S.W’s. Also, there's a deficit of M.S.W.’s in the state child welfare system. Geriatric social workers continue to be in high demand, as well. Nationally, the demand for social workers is estimated to continue to grow at a faster rate than other professions.

Professional Licensure

Professional licensure laws and regulations vary from state to state and are subject to change without notice. If you are planning to pursue a professional credential in a state other than PA, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek guidance and verify requirements. In states that provide licensure for master’s level social workers, an MSW degree from a CSWE accredited program is one of the requirements for licensure. While our program will meet this standard, we have not independently verified licensure requirements in all states. Visit our state authorization page for details.