Master of Social Work (MSW)
- Leading social work program in Northeast Pennsylvania
- Full and part-time programs with evening and weekend classes
- Four locations: Scranton, Poconos, Lehigh Valley, Central PA
- Convenient, flexible field placements
- Dual degree programs
Since opening its doors in 1969, Marywood's School of Social Work and Administrative Studies has educated more than 4,000 social workers, making it the leading provider of social work education in Northeast Pennsylvania. Our Master of Social Work (MSW) program is perfect for both those entering the social work field and current practitioners looking for advanced education.
Convenient Full and Part-time Programs
Our MSW program is convenient and flexible. Full-time, part-time, and weekend programs are available at four locations in Pennsylvania:
- Scranton (Marywood University)
- Poconos (East Stroudsburg University)
- Lehigh Valley (DeSales University)
- Central Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg University)
Our MSW program pairs traditional classroom courses with hands-on field placements to provide you with the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to assist diverse populations of people. Students are placed in a variety of social service agencies throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.
A faculty member will help you select field placements that interest you. If you work full-time, you can complete your field work in the evenings or on weekends. If you work at a social service agency, you may be able to complete your field work there.
Dual Degree Programs
We also offer dual degree programs for those interested in both advanced social work training and expertise in administration and management. You can earn two master's degrees in less time than it would take to complete them separately, by pairing the MSW with one of the follow related degrees:
- Master of Public Administration (MPA)
- Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA)
- Master of Science (MS) in Gerontology
More About This Degree
Our MSW program is designed for those just entering the social work field and current practitioners alike. If you're new to the field of social work, an MSW degree will prepare you for advanced social work practice in a variety of settings:
- Social service agencies
- Hospitals and treatment centers
- Nursing homes
- Local, state, and federal government
- Prisons and correctional facilities
- Elementary and secondary schools
- Nonprofit organizations
If you are a practicing social worker, an MSW degree will make you more qualified for supervisory and administrative positions.
Specific Program Requirements
Before registering for field work, students must obtain a criminal background check, FBI clearance, and child abuse clearance. In addition, agencies may require a medical exam, drug test, or immunizations.
Graduate Admissions Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
- Completed application
- Official, sealed transcripts
- Two or three letters of recommendation