After graduating magna cum laude from Edinboro with a degree in social work, Anna Marhefka didn’t look too far when deciding on graduate school.
A 2018 graduate, Marhefka chose Edinboro’s online Master of Social Work program, which recently earned a Top 20 ranking from Best MSW Programs.
“I have never met so many supportive, caring and knowledgeable professionals that truly care about a student’s overall experience than I have at EU,” said Marhefka, who grew up in Hershey, Pa. “Edinboro’s Social Work program takes the interpersonal, academic and professional growth of each student seriously, and cares for each student’s unique journey.”
This month, Best MSW Programs, an independent guide to Social Work degrees that reviews and ranks campus-based and online MSW programs, granted Edinboro University the No. 20 position in the 50 Best Online Masters of Social Work Degree Programs 2018 list.
Best MSW Programs credited Edinboro with preparing graduates to work in a wide range of practice settings, including family-based and mental health agencies, addiction treatment centers, schools and nursing homes.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in social work are expected to increase 16 percent over the next decade, with 109,000 jobs expected to be added by 2026.
Edinboro was also recognized for allowing full-time students to earn their MSW online in order to fulfill family and career responsibilities.
“The degree provides the formal education needed to become a licensed practitioner, change lives significantly by following evidence-based practices and high ethical standards and serve one’s community in an in-demand and satisfying profession,” said Dr. Roy Shinn, associate dean of the College of Science and Health Professions.
Edinboro’s MSW is fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). The program prepares students for advanced social work practice with a specialized focus on family centered trauma-informed approaches providing services at all system levels.
Students must maintain a cumulative quality point average of 3.00 or better to remain in good standing in the program.
Katrina Putnam, who earned a bachelor’s degree in 2016 from Edinboro and completed her MSW in August, said she chose Edinboro for the supportive faculty and staff and superior education.
“This program prepared me for the field of social work by providing me with the tools and practical skills needed to become the successful social worker I am today,” she said.
For more information about the department or to learn how to enroll in the on-campus or online MSW program, visit www.edinboro.edu/msw.