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 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
- Learn more about this program or visit the School of Social Work website.
- College: College of Health & Human Services
- Courses: Available courses in this department
- 60 Credit Hours Required
- This program is accredited by the
Council on Social Work Education
The Masters and Baccalaureate of Social Work degree programs in the School of Social Work and Administrative Studies are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Dr. B. Lynn Hutchings
Dr. Christine Kessen
Sr. Angela Kim, IHM, Ph.D.
Mr. Mark Shaffer
Instructor; Coordinator of the Central PA MSW Program
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
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The courses of the M.S.W. degree curriculum may be classified generally into two categories: those in the foundation curriculum and those that provide opportunity for advanced study. Listed below are the course descriptions for the foundation curriculum and information about elective courses. The School of Social Work reserves the right to modify or change the courses of instruction.
500 number courses are in Social Work Practice and include field education.
600 number courses are in the area of Human Behavior and the Social Environment.
700 number courses are in the Social Work Research curriculum area.
800 number courses are in Social Welfare Policy and Services.
900 number courses are in areas of practice or fields of practice or indicate courses that are interdisciplinary.
|SW 500||Professional Foundations: Educating for Tomorrow’s Practice||3|
|SW 501||Practice I: Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families||
|SW 502||Practice II: Social Work Practice with Groups||
|SW 503||Practice III: Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations||3|
|SW 591||Field Education I: Foundation Field||
|SW 592||Field Education II: Foundation Field||
|SW 601||Human Behavior I||
|SW 621||Social Work Perspectives on Psychopathology||
|SW 701||Research I||
|SW 702||Research II||
|SW 801||Social Justice, Welfare Policy, and Professional Legacy||
|SW 971||Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice||
As students move to more advanced levels of their studies, more specialized courses are offered to assist in the acquisition of knowledge and skills in greater depth.
In addition, students may elect a specialization in Behavioral Health, Child and Family Studies, or Administration by choosing specific electives and completing a field placement offering experience in that practice area.
|SW 504||Practice IV: Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families||3|
|SW 505||Practice V: Administration in Social Work||3|
|SW 506||Practice VI: Culminating Integrative Seminar||3|
|SW 595||Field Education III: Advanced Practice||3|
|SW 596||Field Education IV: Advanced Practice||3|
|SW 802||Social Policy Advocacy||3|
Electives allow study of a particular intervention methodology or area of significance for social work and usually follow completion of foundation coursework. The M.S.W. Program offers a range of elective choices to respond flexibly to priority concerns and emerging issues in social welfare, in accord with faculty resources and student interests.
|SW 535||Child Welfare Practice and Services||
|SW 536||Social Work Practice with Children||
|SW 561||Family Focused Social Work Practice||
|SW 571||Supervision in Social Work Practice||
|SW 625||Critical Issues in Chemical Dependence||
|SW 705||Social Work Thesis||
|SW 900||Social Work Perspectives on Trauma||3|
|SW 908||Women’s Issues in the Practice of Social Work||
|SW 920||Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Social Work Practice||
|SW 925||Critical Issues in Ethnic and Racial Experience||
|SW 941||Concepts and Issues in Gerontology||
|SW 950||Independent Study||
|SW 950I||International Independent Study||
|SW 965||Human Sexuality: Issues for Social Work||
|SW 989||Global Perspectives on Social & Administrative Practice||3|