pass exam at rate above national average
Graduates of the Millersville
University-Shippensburg University Master of Social Work (MU-SU MSW) program passed
the exam to become a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania at a rate far
exceeding the national average.
Seventy Shippensburg students who graduated
between 2010 and 2013 and took the exam for the first-time had a passing rate
of 91 percent with an overall range of 81 percent to 100 percent. The national
average for the same time frame was 81 percent, with a range of 74 percent to
“We are extremely proud of the success of our graduates on the licensing
exam for master's level social work practice,” said Dr. Deborah Jacobs,
professor and chair of the social work and gerontology program and co-director
of the MU-SU MSW program. “When we started this program there were a limited
number of MSW social workers practicing in Southcentral Pennsylvania due to the
lack of programs to educate students at this level. Now, not only do we have a
program that has increased the number of practitioners, but we also can
demonstrate that they have been educated in a program that has helped them to
achieve high quality and competence to serve the needs of the people of our
region and beyond.”
The licensing exam is created by the
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) which provides a standardized exam for
licensing of social workers throughout the United States. The data for the
success of Shippensburg’s graduates was from ASWB.
The MU-SU MSW program is accredited by the Council
on Social Work Education. Millersville
and Shippensburg, in a historic joint arrangement, began offering an MSW
program in Fall 2006. It includes a mix of traditional campus based instruction
and distance education technology and allows students to take courses at the
campus of their choice.
For more information
on the program, go to http://www.ship.edu/msw.