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4 + 1 Advanced Standing BSW + MSW


With Edinboro University’s Advanced Standing 4+1 BSW+MSW program, you will first complete the four-year Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree. Then, if you have met all academic requirements, you’ll be eligible for an accelerated Master of Social Work degree in just 15 additional months instead of 27.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

With the Advanced Standing 4+1 BSW+MSW program, you'll save both time and money as you prepare for an exciting career in the helping professions.

As a BSW student, you will take courses in human behavior theory; social work practice with individuals, groups and communities; social welfare policy; research and more. During your final spring semester, you will complete a 450-hour internship, where you will have the chance to further develop your practice skills in a real-world setting. Upon graduation with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, along with supportive references and a well-written personal statement, you will be eligible for Edinboro's accelerated MSW program.

Edinboro's MSW program is focused on trauma-informed family practice. You will take advanced courses in trauma, family intervention, assessment and diagnosis, diversity, research, substance use disorders, and an array of other courses ranging from working with diverse clients to treating abuse survivors. You will also have at least 500 hours of supervised clinical practice at an agency near you.

Save A Full Year Of Tuition Costs.

By earning both your bachelor's and master's degrees in just five years, you will essentially be paying the undergraduate tuition rate for your first year of graduate school.

In-state students may save up to $24,444, while out-of-state students may save up to $30,648.

How Edinboro Supports You.

As a student in the 4+1 Advanced Standing BSW+MSW program, you'll have the full support of Edinboro's highly skilled faculty. Their expertise across the entire social work scope of practice will help you focus on your own professional interests and goals. In addition, you can:

  • Take advantage of clinical opportunities and a semester-long internship as a senior
  • Join the Social Work Club to raise funds for charitable organizations, attend conferences and celebrate National Professional Social Work Month
  • Volunteer through class assignments to gain skills highly valued by prospective employers
  • Achieve scholarships and awards, including being inducted as a member of Phi Alpha, the social work honors society
  • Earn an optional minor in psychology, sociology or another field

On Campus or Campus-Based/Online Hybrid

Edinboro's MSW is flexible, allowing you to complete the program fully online or in a campus-based/online hybrid program. You will also be eligible to sit for the LMSW licensure exam during your final semester.

Nationally Recognized MSW Program

Both the BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. In 2018, we were rated the Top Online MSW program by SR Education Group.

Your Future

Upon completion of your MSW program, you'll be prepared to sit for your LMSW exam and begin your career in a variety of social work fields, including:

Clinical Social Work: Provide clinical and mental health services to adults, children, families, couples and groups in either outpatient or inpatient facilities.

Medical Social Work: Aid patients and their families during hospital stays and follow-up care, or see patients in nursing homes or during hospice care, often as part of a team with other medical professionals.

School Social Work: Encourage students' academic and social success through individual and group counseling from pre-K through young adulthood, while also working with parents, teachers and other professionals.

Substance Use Social Work: Assist clients seeking to end their addictions, working with clients of all ages impacted by the use of drugs and alcohol in outpatient and inpatient settings.

Community Social Work: Address community-level issues by empowering groups of people to organize and carry out plans in their communities, thereby developing skills to address future issues themselves.

Political Social Work: Facilitate political change by working for political candidates in a variety of capacities, doing everything from handing out leaflets and answering phones to lobbying or running for office.

Forensic Social Work: Support clients involved with the legal system, including domestic violence survivors in court, juvenile offenders in residential placement, or incarcerated individuals in jails or prisons.

Child Welfare Social Work: Keep children safe and families together, or work with adoption agencies, foster care services, and other agencies that support children.

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Hilary Copp
BSW Program Director
G39 Hendricks Hall
Email: hcopp@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814-732-1730

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