Social Work, M.S.W.

The Master of Social Work program at Shippensburg University is designed for students interested in entering the field of social work and those interested in advancing their education or social work career. The program, jointly offered with Millersville University, is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

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What Will I Learn?

You will learn how to become an advanced generalist social work practitioner to work in the areas of :

  • Aging
  • Child welfare
  • Criminal justice/corrections
  • Drug and alcohol/addictive behaviors
  • Education/school social work
  • Family services
  • Health care/public health
  • Homelessness
  • Disabilities

Core classes, electives and internships will provide you with the necessary values, knowledge, affective and cognitive processes and competencies to practice social work with all client systems in a variety of settings and various roles. You will be able to facilitate change within the boundaries of social justice and human rights.

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Meet Joshua Hager

"I was surrounded by a variety of different people who encouraged me to grow and look outside of a narrow perspective in order to really expand my worldview. I cannot thank them enough for that."

How Joshua Found Success at Ship

What are the requirements for this degree?

There are two track options for the program:

  • Regular track (60 credits) – Students can graduate in two to four years.
  • Advanced Standing Track (36 credits) – For students with a baccalaureate degree in the last eight years from a CWSE-accredited social work program with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a major GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Students can graduate in just one year.

The Graduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

Admission requires submission of several items. Candidates may choose to apply through either Millersville or Shippensburg. For Ship, you will need to do the following:

  1. Start the application.
  2. Send the Office of Graduate Admissions transcripts from each and every institution of higher learning you have attended.
  3. Submit the following items through your Ship Admissions portal after the completion of your application:

If you are seeking Advanced Standing, please submit the MSW Advanced Standing Form.

The Graduate Admissions office asks that all application materials, with the exception of the Graduate Admissions application, be submitted by email to

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Few occupations can match social work, which offers a wide range of opportunities and settings. Social workers with a master’s degree can be found in public agencies, private businesses, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, private practices, police departments, courts and numerous other exciting work settings. Social workers assist individuals, families and communities. They can be managers, supervisors and administrators. They work at all levels of government. They are also educators. Social workers are therapists and researchers. Many are elected political leaders and legislators.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

This program is an advanced generalist model. All core classes are offered in the evening, either face-to-face or in a blended format with some online work. Some electives are 100 percent online. Classes are also small, taught by faculty who are specialized in the areas they teach and full of lively discussion and group activities. Many assignments are related to real life situations in the internship or practice settings.

You will take all courses on the campus where you are enrolled, but you will benefit from the quality faculty and resources of both Shippensburg and Millersville universities.

We also provide many opportunities for co-curricular activities through:

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