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. Elaine Rinfrette
          Graduate Program Head
          Phone: (814) 732-1580
          Email: erinfrette@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

          1. Complete the online application.
          2. Pay an application fee of $30.

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

          1. Provide an official transcript verifying an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (not needed if EUP graduate). The transcript should include one course evidencing significant content in human biology, 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.
          2. Minimum GPA of 2.8 (3.0 for Advanced Standing applicants). Applicants 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.
          3. Professional Resume.
          4. 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 readiness for graduate education, and your motivation to apply to the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 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. 
          5. Two letters of reference (click to access the required form) these should be from individuals who know you in a professional or educational setting. Personal references will not be accepted. 

          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.

          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 references that indicate readiness for advanced social work practice, copies of field internship evaluations, a supportive letter from the applicant’s undergraduate field and a personal statement as described above.

          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.

          Field Documentation:  MSW students are in 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.

          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 Handbook