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Online MSW Program


The online application system is closed at this time for updating and will reopen in late August to accept applications to the Regular and Advanced Standing Online Master of Social Work Programs
                                     Apply early to ensure your seat!

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About the Online Program

Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. Social workers are people who care about people—who want to make a difference. The Online MSW Program at Salisbury University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and offers students the opportunity to earn their degree online in a student-centered, supportive environ-ment. The online program will follow a 20-student cohort model per year with fall admission only. All courses in the program will be offered in 7 week blocks, year round, allowing students to complete the regular program in 3 years (or the advanced standing program in 2 years). Students will be required to work with the Online Field Director to identofy and secure their field placemet.

Orientation for admitted students will be online and mandatory. The orientation must be completed by mid-August (an exact date will be communicated to enrolled students). It will include information on:

  • Navigating the Online Learning Management System
  • APA Formatting and Citation
  • Organizing and Writing Academic Papers

Questions? Please email the MSW Online Program Coordinator Dr. Rebecca Anthony today at !
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Students who are current full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia or Pennsylvania only are eligible to apply.

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A broad liberal arts background with a minimum of 24 hours including at least one course in: sociology, psychology and introductory statistics. These undergraduate requirements may be taken at any accredited college or university, including community college.
  • A minimum 3.00 GPA on upper division courses and a 3.0 GPA on the 120 credits leading to the bachelor’s degree. If applicant has a 2.5 to 3.0 GPA on the 120 credits leading to the bachelor’s degree, but an otherwise strong application, consideration will be given for provisional admission.
  • Previous graduate credits are considered when assessing your qualifications.
  • Application requirements can be found here.

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Regular Program Curriculum

Each 20 student cohort will follow this plan:

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Fall Session 1 Fall Session 1 Fall Session 1
SOWK607 (Policy) SOWK616 (Research I) SOWK650 (Individuals)
SOWK610 (HBSE I) SOWK640 (Field I) SOWK665 (Field III)
Fall Session 2 Fall Session 2 Fall Session 2
SOWK620 (Practice I) SOWK617 (Research II) SOWK660 (Families)
  SOWK640 (Field I cont'd) SOWK665 (Field III cont'd)
Spring Session 1 Spring Session 1 Spring Session 1
SOWK622 (Practice II) SOWK602 (Ethics) SOWK680 (Groups)
SOWK630 (HBSE II) SOWK645 (Field II) SOWK685 (Field IV)
Spring Session 2 Spring Session 2 Spring Session 2
SOWK623 (Practice III) SOWK654 (Psychopathology) SOWK655 (Program Eval)
  SOWK645 (Field II cont'd) SOWK685 (Field IV cont'd)
Summer Session Summer Session  
SOWK Elective SOWK663 (Supervision/Admin)  

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Advanced Standing Curriculum

Advanced Standing Students will follow this plan:

Year 1 Year 2
Fall Session 1 Fall Session 1
SOWK 650 (Individuals) SOWK 665 (Field Education III)
SOWK 602 (Ethics)
Fall Session 2 Fall Session 2
SOWK 660 (Families) SOWK 665 (Field III Cont'd)
SOWK Elective
Spring Session 1 Spring Session 1
SOWK 680 (Groups) SOWK 685 (Field IV)
SOWK 655 (Evaluation)
Spring Session 2 Spring Session 2
SOWK 654 (Psychopathology) SOWK 685 (Field IV cont'd)

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Tuition and Fees

The tuition and fee structure of the Online MSW Program differs from the face-to-face and blended programs on-campus and through our satellite locations.

  • $750 per credit (Resident or non-resident)


In order to be successful during this online degree program, you will need to have access to the following technologies:

  • Laptop or Desktop (Windows or Mac based computer)*
  • Access to High-Speed Internet (DSL or Cable)
  • USB Microphone with Connected Headset
  • Webcam
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash
  • Latest version of Java (installed on your computer)

*Use of a tablet is accepted, but you will need to have access to a laptop or desktop in the event that a certain course component does not display or function properly on your tablet.

Are You Ready for Online Learning?

Learning online is not for everyone.  Therefore, it is important for you to assess your own style and characteristics as a learner before enrolling in an online course.  The following survey can help you determine whether an online course would fit your learning style and needs. Click here to determine if you're ready to pursue a degree online.


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