Master of Social Work degree now offered at Bloomsburg University

New MSW degree program to begin in August

Applications are now being accepted for Bloomsburg University’s new Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program with classes beginning in August.

After many years of development, the program will provide for a well-documented need for advanced social work education in the region. Graduates of the MSW program will be trained to use a multi-systemic planned change process to help individuals and communities to adapt and grow through these challenging times. The program has a strong commitment to strengths-based social work practice.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer an affordable, high-quality Masters in Social Work to students in our region,” said James Brown, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “The demand for licensed social workers is predicted to increase for the foreseeable future, so the MSW program at BU is an excellent option for people with bachelor’s degrees, regardless of their undergraduate major.“

The mission of the MSW program is to prepare students for advanced generalist social work practice focused on developing leaders who promote social, environmental and economic justice with the goal of improving sustainable individual, organizational, and community wellness.

The program is a two-year master’s program that blends classroom instruction with hands-on practicum/internship experiences. Students will be challenged to apply theoretical concepts to real-world experiences.

The degree program also offers an advanced standing, 18-month program for applicants who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in social work.

The program has taken the first official step towards accreditation by being granted pre-candidacy status by the Council on Social Work Education. This multi-year process will culminate in initial accreditation in February of 2024.