Master of Social Work Program
The Master's Program (MSW) at Salisbury University is
accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and offers
students the opportunity to earn their degree in a
student-centered, supportive atmosphere. The social work faculty
is dedicated to excellence in teaching and maintaining a strong
focus on student learning.
Mission and Goals of the MSW Program
The mission of the MSW program is to educate
ethical, competent practitioners who can work with a high degree
of autonomy and skill, along with active community engagement in
the pursuit of social and economic justice. The goal of the MSW
program is to prepare professional social workers for
community-based direct practice with individuals, families, and
groups, and engage in beginning level supervision in a variety
of practice settings. The comprehensive course of study in the
MSW program provides graduates the knowledge, skills, and values
necessary for professional social work practice.
What is Community-Based Direct Practice?
Community-based direct practice is defined as
advanced practice primarily with individuals, groups, and
families in a community agency setting. Community-based direct
practice is based on the systems and strengths perspectives,
along with advanced theory. These foundations focus on preparing
practitioners to enhance social functioning and interactions of
individuals, families, and groups by involving them in
accomplishing goals, developing resources, and preventing or
Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety
of settings in primary roles that include direct practitioners,
consultants, and supervisors. Graduates will have the skills
necessary for lifelong learning and adaptation to new practice
Click here to view our DEPARTMENTAL COURSE POLICIES.
To make the program more accessible, the
Master's program is offered at three satellite program
Eastern Shore Higher Education Center
at Chesapeake College, and the
System of Maryland at Hagerstown.
Click here for the
MASTER'S PROGRAM HANDBOOK
Click here for the
MSW Program Information Brochure