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MSW Program


Master of Social Work

Dr. Elaine Rinfrette
MSW Program Director
Hendricks Hall G48
Edinboro PA 16444
(814) 732-1580


Mission of the Program:

The mission of the Master of Social Work Program is to prepare students with professional knowledge, values and skills for advanced social work practice providing services to families, and with a commitment to social and economic justice, empowerment of oppressed and at-risk populations, appreciation of the strengths of diversity, and as contributors to their communities and profession as lifelong learners.

Program Description:

The MSW program is offered as an accelerated program only and can be attended on campus or competely online. There are no requirements for online students to attend campus. However, campus-based students are required to take some of their courses online. Students are required to take courses year-round, including winter and summer sessions. In keeping with accreditation requirements, no academic credit can be awarded for life or work experience.

The MSW degree program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The Department of Social Work offers 2 programs leading to the MSW degree:

Regular Program: 60 credit hours
An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required for admission with a minimum GPA of 2.80. No particular undergraduate major is required, but if your undergraduate degree is in anything other than social work, you must complete the Regular Program. The Regular Program consists of sixty (60) credit hours of professional training, which includes 16 courses and 900 clock hours of supervised field internship, in two (2) different settings. Students complete two (2) field placements, 400 hours in the first year of the program and 500 hours in the second year of the program. The Regular Program begins in the Fall semester only.

Advanced Standing Program: 39 credit hours
An undergraduate degree in social work is required. The Advanced Standing Program is only available to students who have completed an undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Admission to Advanced Standing is competitive and the amount of course credit waived is dependent upon equivalency to courses at Edinboro University.

Students admitted to the Advanced Standing Program must complete between one and three prerequisite courses. All three (3) prerequisite courses are offered in the summer preceding Fall entry into the program. Students who have not taken two (2) Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE) courses and/or two (2) social work research courses as part of their BSW degree, will need to take HBSE II and/or Research II during the summer session prior to entering the program in the Fall. Students who have completed two (2) HBSE courses and/or two (2) Research courses as part of their BSW degree, will have these course waived.

All Advanced Standing students must complete the pre-entry/bridge course, SOWK699, Principles of Advance Social Work Practice with Families, with a grade of B or better. This course is only offered online.