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
          Email: gradstudies@edinboro.edu

          Dr. Christine Rine, PhD
          MSW Program Head
          Phone: (814) 732-2013
          Email: crine@edinboro.edu

          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 (www.bls.gov) 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

          Starting the Program

          Online students in the Regular Two Year Program can begin in either Fall or Spring semester; however, students wishing to enter the Hybrid Program (with on-campus requirements) must begin in the Fall semester.

          Students in the Online and Hybrid (with on-campus requirements) Advanced Standing One Year Program must begin in the Summer semester.

          Please note that all Summer and Winter semester courses are delivered in an online in both the Online and Hybrid Program Options.

          Deadlines

          The priority deadline for application to the Regular Two Year Program is July 1 for Fall start and November 15 for Spring start.

          The priority deadline for application to the Advanced Standing One Year Program is May 15.

          Applications received after these dates will be considered on a space-available basis.

          Admissions Process

          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)
            • 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. Eligibility for the Advanced Standing One Year Program 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 in addition to the above criteria
          5. Applicants to the Regular Two Year Program must have a minimum GPA of 2.8. Those 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. Applicants to the Advanced Standing One Year Program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
          7. All applicants must supply two letters of reference from individuals who know you in a professional or educational setting.
            • References should indicate readiness for graduate study and/or readiness for advanced social work practice.
            • Applicants to the Advanced Standing One Year Program should submit references from their undergraduate field coordinator or faculty field liaison and their field supervisor. These references should speak to one's performance in the social work field and in social work courses.
          8. All applicants must provide a professional resume.
          9. All applicants must submit a personal statement. 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 in correct APA format. The purpose of this statement is to obtain a clear understanding of your background and should include content about:
            • Why you have chosen to enter the social work profession.
            • Your ability to value the perspectives of diverse populations.
            • How your academic, professional, personal, and volunteer experiences have prepared you for graduate studies in social work.
            • Your motivation to apply to the MSW Program at Edinboro University.

          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 MSW Program. A maximum of six credit hours of ‘C' and ‘C+' grades will be accepted toward the MSW degree. Only one ‘C' or ‘C+' grade will be accepted for Field Education Internship courses.

          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 expected to participate in Field Education Internships while concurrently taking classes. For those in the Regular Two Year Program, Field Education Internships occur two days a week over 4 semesters; for those in the Advanced Standing One Year Program, Field Education Internships occur two days a week over 2 semesters. MSW students are individually matched with an internship agency in their field of interest and within their respective commuting distance. 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

          Occupation

          Projected Growth in PA

          Projected National Growth

          PA Median Salary

          National Median Salary

          Community Health Workers

          13.0%

          25.0%

          $35,700

          $34,600

          Mental Health And Substance Abuse Social Workers

          17.0%

          23.0%

          $36,900

          $41,000

          Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor

          21.0%

          31.0%

          $37,100

          $38,600

          Community and Social Service Specialists

          5.0%

          15.0%

          $37,700

          $40,000

          Healthcare Social Workers

          23.0%

          27.0%

          $46,500

          $50,800

          Child, Family and School Social Workers

          12.0%

          15.0%

          $37,900

          $42,100

          Probational Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

          -2.0%

          -1.0%

          $50,300

          $48,400


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

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