Social Work

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

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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)

Field Placements

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

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Accomplished Social Work Faculty


Dr. Lloyd L. Lyter
Professor; Coordinator of the Pocono MSW Program

Mr. Mark Shaffer
Instructor; Coordinator of the Central PA MSW Program

Dr. Phyllis Black
Full Professor; Director of the Lehigh Valley MSW Program

Ms. Deirdre Spelman, LSW, ACSW
Director of Field Education for Scranton and Central PA MSW Programs

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.

Megan

I currently work for Community Care Behavioral Health, a managed care company.

I received my Master of Social Work degree from Marywood University in 2005. I currently work for Community Care Behavioral Health, a managed care company. As a Care Manager, I am responsible for assisting members identified at risk for recidivism, discontinuous care, or as members of priority or special needs populations who present with complex needs for coordination of their behavioral health services with other aspects of their care. 

My Master of Social Work degree from Marywood has helped me advance my career to a position in which candidates are specifically chosen based upon a targeted area of practice, supported by education, training, and experience, with expertise in the delivery of behavioral health care to a given population.

The small class settings, option to take classes on weekends, and part-time program were imperative in allowing me to work towards this degree. I value my degree and highly recommend Marywood for anyone seeking a degree in the social work field.

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
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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