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Make a greater impact on helping others

Serve diverse populations more effectively with an MSW

Social Work (Master of Social Work)

Offered by: Social Work

Make a greater impact in helping and nurturing others by earning a Master of Social Work degree.


Slippery Rock University's (SRU) Master of Social Work (MSW) is a 60-credit program, taught in a blended format of on campus and online classes. Built on the foundation of SRU's successful Bachelor of Social Work, the program nurtures the passion to help others while providing rigorous academic courses that enable students to translate their passion into best practices. The program is designed in response to growing need for trained social workers, and will meet the requirements of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).  

SRU's MSW offers a clinical concentration in social work prepares all students for the proper diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems.  Students will select one specialization track; Crisis Intervention or Forensic Social Work. Although the program offers clinical practice emphasis to the program, the curriculum addresses the general practice competencies required for all graduate social work programs.  Students will be able to pursue an option in animal-assisted social work and pursue certification in animal-assisted interventions. The animal-assisted social work courses compliment both the crisis intervention and forensic specializations.  

The employment outlook for graduates is positive. The need for social service managers and mental health counselors will grow by 25% between 2012 and 2022 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many social workers begin their careers working directly with vulnerable people such as children and adults who have behavioral health problems, people across the age spectrum who have suffered all types of abuse, and people who have traumatic injuries or chronic illnesses.  A career in social work can also lead to a wide variety of job types such as health system administration, legislative advocacy, policy analysis, even elected office.


Slippery Rock University's Master of Social Work offers:

  • a 60 credit professional degree that can be completed in two-years attending full-time;  or one calendar year for students with advanced standing (45 credits)
  • Individualized paths to complete degrees according to needs and goals for part-time students, especially those who are employed
  • blended course instruction; a combination of online and onsite courses
  • focus on crisis intervention and follow-up care and forensic social work.
  • a competitive curriculum for a competitive advantage in the job market


  • Online Application
  • Graduate Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts (undergraduate transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution with a GPA of a 3.00 or higher. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Two Electronic Reference Forms (students are responsible for forwarding this link to evaluator)
  • Resume' (submit to )
  • Reference Release form
  • Personal Statement: write an essay 1 1/2 - 2 pages describing yourself and the qualities that will make you an effective social worker; your experiences related to social work; your career goals (submit to )
  • Prior to beginning the program, applicants must complete one of the following:  an introductory course in statistics that included using Statistical package for Social Sciences (SPSS) within the last five years  OR  SRU's SOWK 319 Statistical Methods or an equivalent course