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Master's Degree Programs in Social Work in Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania's universities offer master's degree programs in social work with a range of different strengths and focuses. Read on for info on the tuition rates, available specializations, and schedule options for social work master's programs in PA.

University of Pittsburgh

At the University of Pittsburgh, Master of Social Work students can choose between a number of joint degree programs, a direct practice, or a community, organization, and social action track. Within the direct practice track, students can further specialize and earn a child and family, gerontology, school social worker, integrated health care, or mental health care certificate.

Temple University

Master of Social Work students at Temple University can choose to complete their degree on campus full-time, on campus part-time, or 100% online part-time. Once students choose a concentration in either clinical practice with individuals and families or macro practice in organizations, they can also earn a specialization in children and families or health and mental health, or create their own individualized specialization under the supervision of their academic advisor.

University of Pennsylvania

At the University of Pennsylvania, students can customize their degree by choosing between 14 dual degree programs or four Master of Social Work tracks (full-time two-year track, part-time three-year track, advanced standing track, or employed practitioners track). Once they have chosen a course schedule, students can continue to design the program to best meet their career goals by earning a specialization in aging, child well-being and welfare, criminal justice, or health care, or a certificate in LGBTQ, homeschool visitation, global human rights, or law.

Slippery Rock University

Accepted students can complete the Master of Social Work at Slippery Rock University either part-time or full-time with a combination of on-campus and online courses. Students choose a concentration in either crisis intervention or forensic social work.

East Stroudsburg University

East Stroudsburg University collaborated with Marywood University to offer a three-year part-time Master of Social Work program wherein students take the majority of their courses on Saturday. Students with a bachelor's degree in social work can apply for the advanced standing program and complete the program in just two years.

California University of Pennsylvania

The California University of Pennsylvania offers a 39 credit hour Advanced Standing Master of Social Work for students with a bachelor's degree in social work (or a related discipline) and a 57 credit hour Master of Social Work for students without previous experience in the field. This program focuses on advanced general practice, offering coursework in rural family policies, community policy, aging rural practices, and small town mental health issues, which prepares students to work with a variety of individuals and organizations.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Students can complete the Master of Social Work at West Chester University either part-time or full-time. West Chester University's curriculum emphasizes human rights and social justice and prepares students to work with individuals, families or communities.

Marywood University

At Marywood University, students first complete a common set of foundation courses and then choose electives for their specializations in behavioral health, child and family studies, or administration. Marywood University's Social Work department also offers dual degree programs in public administration, health services administration, clinical counseling, and divinity, and a certificate program in home and school visitation.

Widener University

Widener University offers both on campus and 100% online versions of its Master of Social Work in Clinical Social Work program. Students can also pursue a dual Master of Social Work and M.Ed in Human Sexuality.

Bryn Mawr College

The Master of Social Service (MSS) is offered as a full-time or part-time program, wherein students combine coursework with extensive hands-on field placements. Bryn Mawr's curriculum and preparation for licensure is aligned with the more common Master of Social Work (MSW) degree found at other universities.

University Programs Offered Tuition for Academic Year (2018-2019)*
University of PittsburghMaster of Social Work (MSW)
MSW\JD
MSW\Master of Divinity
MSW\Master of Public Administration
MSW\Master of Public and International Affairs
MSW\Master of International Development
MSW\PhD
MSW\Master of Public Health
MSW and Certificate of Secondary Education
In-state: $22,846
Out-of-state: $38,736
Temple UniversityMaster of Social WorkIn-state: $16,488
Out-of-state: $22,698
University of PennsylvaniaMaster of Social Work
MSW\JD
MSW\Master in Law
MSW\MBA
MSW\Master of Bioethics
MSW\Master of City Planning
MSW\Master of Fine Arts
MSW\Master of Public Administration
MSW\Master of Public Health
MSW\Master of Science in Criminology
MSW\Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership
MSW\Master of Science in Social Policy\MSW
PhD in Social Welfare
$34,882
Slippery Rock UniversityMaster of Social WorkIn-state: $12,384
Out-of-state: $18,576
East Stroudsburg UniversityMaster of Social WorkIn-state: $12,384
Out-of-state: $18,576
California University of PennsylvaniaMaster of Social WorkIn-state: $12,384
Out-of-state: $18,576
West Chester UniversityMaster of Social WorkIn-state: $12,384
Out-of-state: $18,576
Marywood UniversityMaster of Social Work
MSW\Master of Public Administration
MSW\Health Services Administration
MSW\Clinical Counseling
MSW\Divinity
$9,600
Widener UniversityMaster of Social Work
Master of Social Work (online)
MSW\M.Ed Human Sexuality
$22,300
Bryn Mawr CollegeMaster of Social Service$43,620

Source: *NCES

There are a great variety of social work master's degree programs available across the Keystone state, with concentrations in everything from mental health to child and family welfare. Students in PA are well-positioned to find a program that aligns with their scheduling needs, background experience and career goals.