Social Work (Bachelor's To Master's)

Master of Social Work (MSW)

  • Field experience in first year of study
  • Extracurricular learning through local/state conferences
  • Active student organization
  • Community service opportunties and educational programs

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Social Work (Bachelor's To Master's) at Marywood

Social work is a dynamic and challenging profession, rich in a tradition of helping. At Marywood, you can earn both a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in just five years. This dual degree program will prepare you for a career in a variety of social work settings.

In the BSW program, students acquire the knowledge, values, ethics, and skills necessary for beginning professional social work practice. The curriculum consists of liberal arts, social-behavioral science, and professional social work courses. As part of the curriculum, students complete a series of three field experiences, one of which is a 450-hour field placement in a community social agency during the fall semester of the senior year. Field experiences take place in the freshman, junior, and senior years.

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Joseph Donohue
Coordinator of Field Instruction; Instructor

Dr. Kielty Turner
Director of BSW Program; Associate Professor

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

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Program Requirements

Specific Liberal Arts requirements for Social Work majors:

BIOL 130 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 3
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World 3
MATH 155 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
3
PSYC 211 General Psychology
3

Major (54 credits)

SW 145 Foundations of Social Work
3
SW 150 Introductory Social Work Field Experience
1
SW 230 Analysis of Social Welfare Policy
3
SW 250 Contemporary Social Work Practice
3
SW 310 Social Work Research I
3
SW 311 Social Work Research II
3
SW 345 Junior Field Experience
1
SW 350 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
3
SW 401 Social Work with Neighborhoods, Communities, and Organizations: Theory and Practice
3
SW 402 Social Work with Groups: Theory and Practice
3
SW 403 Social Work with Individuals and Families: Theory and Practice
3
SW XXX Social Work Restricted Elective
3
SW 490 Field Instruction
9
SW 491 Integrative Seminar
3
SW 495 Senior Seminar
1
SOC 214 Social Problems
3
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology
3
PS 210 American Government and Politics
3