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Why choose an MSW degree at Ship?

MSW graduate Cheyenne Port '19

A bachelor's degree in social work will allow you to secure an entry-level position in the social work field. A Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is required to perform most clinical (i.e. therapy) and macro (i.e. administrator) work. Shippensburg University's MSW is a CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) accredited Advanced Generalist program. An advanced Generalist MSW permits graduates to work in a variety of human service programs and agencies in an advanced clinical and/or administrative capacity. Many other social work programs require an individual to choose a concentration, which normally means choosing between the clinical or macro track.

MSW graduate Becca Zelner - BSW '15 and MSW '18

Why student are attracted to a Ship MSW

Below are reasons that students provided for their decision to choose Shippensburg University to pursue their MSW.

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  • Affordable education
  • Generalist approach
  • Convenient Geographic location
  • Year round programming
  • No entry exam
  • Friendly and knowledgeable professors
  • Program flexibility
  • Advanced standing track option
  • CSWE accredited MSW program

MSW graduate Rashad Curtis '19 shares his Ship experience

Why Students Pursued Their MSW

The flexibility of the social work degree provides graduates with many options as they pursue their careers in the helping fields.  Also, our program seeks to be accommodating to the non-traditional students and individuals working full time; all of our required MSW classes are offered in the evening!  Other reasons the MU-SU MSW program is attractive to students include affordable price, generalist approach, year round program and many other reasons!

        why students pursue msw

  • Salary increases
  • Advancement in career
  • To change the world and make a difference
  • Work with veterans
  • More career opportunities
  • Pursue LCSW/private practice

MSW student Hailey Martinez shares her Ship experience

The majority of students feel positively about the class sizes in the MU-SU MSW program. Students find that the class sizes are big enough for group conversations, but small enough for one-on-one interactions and collaborations. In addition to the interactions students have with one another, their interactions with faculty and adjunct professors are, in general, positive. A majority of students find the faculty to be open, friendly, helpful and good in their communication with students. Additionally, the internship experience that is a part of the program provides real world experience that is necessary, appealing and an opportunity to create positive interactions between the university and the workplace.

**This data was collected from 26 MSW students during the 2014-2015 academic year.reasons

Contact the Social Work and Gerontology Department 382 Shippen Hall 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1717 Fax: (717) 477-4051