MSW graduates 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 84 percent.

“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.

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