Master of Social Work
The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program is designed for students whowant to either further their education in social work or join the social work profession. The program is jointly offered by Shippensburg and Millersville universities and was developed to support both the full-time student and the working professional.
Why choose Social Work?
Are you are looking for flexibility from your advanced degree? Few occupations can match social work, which offers a wide-range of opportunities and settings.
Social workers can be found in public agencies, private businesses, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, private practices, police departments, courts, and numerous other exciting work settings. Social workers assist individuals, families, and communities. They can be managers, supervisors, and administrators. They work at
all levels of government. They are also educators. Social workers are therapists and researchers. And many are also elected political leaders and legislators.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for social workers is expected to grow faster than the average of all occupations through 2018 and job prospects will be especially advantageous for individuals working in rural areas. Social work is a profession for individuals who want to help people improve their lives!
Why choose a MSW degree at Shippensburg University?
A bachelor’s degree in social work will allow you to secure an entry-level position in the social work field. A MSW degree is required to perform most clinical (i.e. therapy) and macro (i.e. administrator) work. Many other social work programs require an individual choose a concentration, which normally means choosing between the clinical or macro track.
Shippensburg University’s MSW is a CSWE-accredited Advanced Generalist program. An Advanced Generalist MSW permits graduates to work in a variety of human service programs and agencies in an advanced clinical and/or administrative capacity. The flexibility of the social work degree provides graduates with many options as they pursue their careers in the helping fields. Also, our program seeks to be accommodating to non-traditional students and individuals working full-time; all of our required MSW classes are offered in the evening!
Our MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Students enrolling in the Regular Program must complete 60 credits of graduate study including: 15 credit hours of field practicum, 6 credit hours of electives, and 39 credit hours of required coursework. BSW graduates in the Regular Program may receive exemption for some coursework, as per admission guidelines. There are two field practicum courses requiring 400 hours in the second year and 500 hours in the fourth year.
Students enrolled in the Advanced Standing Program must complete 36 credit hours of graduate study including: 9 credit hours of field practicum, 9 credit hours of electives, and 18 credit hours of required coursework including a summer “bridge” course. This includes a total of 500 hours of field practicum in the fall and spring semesters.
Due to the cohort nature of this program, all courses must be taken in sequence.