Master of Social Work

Whether you're a professional with years of experience looking to upgrade your skill set, or a recent graduate ready to take the next step in your education, the Social Work Master’s program at Shippensburg University combines theoretical background and practical experience. Students learn the latest skills required for success in the diverse and rewarding field of social work.

Jointly offered with Millersville University, the Social Work Master’s Degree program offers the resources of both schools and gives students a wide range of options for pursuing their individual education goals and preparing to enter the work force. You'll benefit from small class sizes and one-on-one interaction with experienced faculty. Additionally, all core classes are offered in the eveningto accommodate with students employed during the day.

The MU-SU MSW Program

Social Work is a rewarding, growing field that presents skilled graduates with various professional options. With the number of people aged 65 and older in Pennsylvania expected to surpass 23% of the population by 2030, there will be a large need for practitioners who can deliver a wide range of services in public and private nursing homes, community living facilities, government agencies and other work settings.

Graduates of a social work Master’s program may also find work in education, policy making, communications and others fields. Follow the links below for more information about the MSW program at Shippensburg University and about careers in social work.

Students interested in entering or advancing their social work career may enroll in the program full- or part-time — it is designed to be completed in two to four years. Full-time students who meet the requirements for admission into the advanced standing track program can meet the requirements for graduation in just one calendar year.

In addition to traditional classroom instruction, students may take part in web-based and teleconference classes. These types of classes accommodate individuals who choose to work while obtaining their degree. All students in the Social Work graduate program complete a minimum of 500 hours of field practicum to gain valuable working skills through on-the-ground experience. Staff and faculty can offer students assistance when finding a suitable practicum placement.

MSW Admission and Financial Aid

Admission into Shippensburg’s Social Work Master’s program is competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements outlined in the links below does not guarantee acceptance. In addition to undergraduate grades, an applicant's professional and personal background, including work and volunteer experience, will be considered. A variety of financial aid and graduate assistant positions are available to qualified applicants.

Contact us

Shippensburg University is located a short drive from the Capital Region and only a few hours from New York and Philadelphia. Specific questions about the program can be addressed to the program co-director, Dr. Marita Flagler at (717) 477-1266 or Follow the links below to request more information.