Contact Info

          School of Graduate Studies
          140 Butterfield Hall
          310 Scotland Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2856
          Toll Free: (888) 845-2890
          Fax: (814) 732-2611

          Dr. Christine Rine, PhD
          MSW Program Head
          Phone: (814) 732-2013

          Social Work

          Ranked top-10 in the nation by SR Education Group for 2017 Top Online MSW Programs, our Master of Social Work program prepares graduates to work in a wide range of practice settings. These include family-based and mental health agencies, addiction treatment centers, schools, medical and psychiatric facilities, rehabilitation and correctional facilities, hospitals, veterans' agencies, foster care and adoption agencies, nursing homes, policy settings, within the military, and in private practice.

          Social Work

          Trends suggest that the demand for the social work professional will grow dramatically over the next decade. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ( reported that “Employment for social workers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.” Upon completion of the MSW program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national licensure exam to become licensed social work practitioners. The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

          Admissions Requirements

          Individuals seeking admission as degree students in this program must comply with the following specific admission requirements for this program:

          1. Complete the online application.
          2. Pay an application fee of $30.
          3. Provide an official transcript verifying an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The transcript should include one course evidencing significant content in human biology or human anatomy & physiology (this can be completed during the first year of the program if not taken during undergraduate studies), as well as a minimum of 21 semester hours of credit (or equivalent) distributed within a liberal arts curriculum in humanities, mathematics, physical and biological sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and fine arts
          4. Professional Resume.
          5. Applicants to the regular 2 year tract must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 (3.0 for Advanced Standing applicants). Applicants to the 2 year tract with an overall GPA of less than 2.80 must produce scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the general aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Required scores are related to the applicant’s GPA level.
          6. Submit a personal statement. The purpose of this statement is to obtain a clear understanding of your background, why you have chosen to enter the social work profession, your ability to value the perspectives of diverse populations, your readiness for graduate education, and your motivation to apply to the Edinboro University Department of Social Work. Please describe how your academic, professional, personal, and volunteer experiences have prepared you for graduate studies in social work. This statement is considered a writing sample and is reviewed as part of your application for content and writing quality. Your statement should be 3-4 pages, typed and double-spaced.
          7. Two letters of reference (from individuals who know you in a professional or educational setting).

          The priority deadline for application to the Regular program is July 1 st for fall and November 15th for spring. Applications received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis. Students wishing to enter the campus-based program must begin in the fall. Online students can begin in either fall or spring semesters.

          Admission to Advanced Standing program. Eligibility for the Advanced Standing tract requires a completed baccalaureate degree in social work received within the last five years from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, a minimum GPA of 3.0, two referencesthat indicate readinessfor advanced social work practice, copies of field internship evaluations, a supportive letter from the applicant's undergraduate field supervisor, and a personal statement as described above. The priority deadline for application to the Advanced Standing program is May 15th . Applications received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis. The Advanced Standing program begins in the summer session.

          An advance tuition deposit of $150 shall be paid by all new students in the MSW program. This deposit is required within two weeks of an offer of admission to the Graduate School. This student deposit is a guarantee of the intention of the applicant to register at the University for the term indicated on the admissions letter. Upon receipt, the University will credit the $150 deposit to the student’s account. Applicants who subsequently cancel their application or fail to register shall forfeit their advance deposit; there will be no full or partial refunds.

          Online Program Applicants: Effective January 1, 2017, Edinboro University is an approved SARA* institution. Through SARA membership and state authorization, Edinboro University may admit online graduate students from all 50 states.

          It is important that online applicants who are applying to graduate programs leading to state licensure in states other than Pennsylvania be aware of the various state professional licensure requirements. To that end, please use the link below to check the licensure requirements by state:

          Social Work Licensure Requirements by State

          Degree Requirements

          Students must maintain a cumulative quality point average of 3.00 or better to remain in good standing in the program. A maximum of six semester hours of “C” grades will be accepted. Only one “C” grade will be accepted for any field internship. Students are expected to comply with the Code of Ethics for the National Association of Social Workers and to demonstrate appropriate professional behavior. Failure to do so may result in termination from the program.

          Field Documentation:  MSW students are in the field two days a week over 4 semesters while concurrently taking classes. Graduate internship sites are within commuting distance from the campus. MSW students are also individually matched with an internship agency in their field of interest. See the Fact Sheet and MSW Student Handbook and Field Education Manual for additional information.

          Field Education Requirements

          Students are expected to comply with the Code of Ethics for the National Association of Social Workers and to demonstrate appropriate professional behavior. Failure to do so may result in termination from the program. 

          Projected Growth and Salary Chart


          Projected Growth in PA

          Projected National Growth

          PA Median Salary

          National Median Salary

          Community Health Workers





          Mental Health And Substance Abuse Social Workers





          Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor





          Community and Social Service Specialists





          Healthcare Social Workers





          Child, Family and School Social Workers





          Probational Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists





          *Salary and job growth information obtained from 
          O*NET OnLine.

          For more information, see our Fact Sheet and Field Education Manual