The online application system (Collegenet) is now closed for applications for our fall 2018 Salisbury campus and satellite locations around Maryland and for our fall 2018 Online MSW option.
The next application cycle will be for fall 2019. The application system (Collegnet) will open to accept application in September 2018. Unless otherwise listed, there are no spring admissions.
See below regarding taking classes in non-degree seeking status this fall to be considered for spring 2019 admission. This option is not available for the Online MSW Program.
To apply, begin here: www.salisbury.edu/admissions/apply/
Click the links below for information you need to know:
The Regular MSW Program is 62 credit hours. There are 48 credits of classroom work and 14 credits of supervised field practicum. The regular MSW program is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree; an undergraduate degree in social work is not required. The regular MSW program is offered to students who have a GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 upper division courses and a 3.0 GPA on the last 120 credits on the bachelor’s degree transcript from an accredited college or university.
The Advanced Standing MSW Program requires 24 credits of classroom work and 8 credits of supervised field practicum. The advanced standing program is offered for individuals who are recent graduates of an accredited BASW or BSSW program with a minimum GPA of 3.2 on the last 60 upper division courses including all Social Work courses and the four prerequisites and a 3.0 GPA on the last 120 credits on the bachelor transcript.
Both program offerings are flexible and designed for the working student.
We offer the following curriculums:
|Regular, Full-Time||2 years|
|Regular, Part-Time||4 years|
|Advanced Standing, Full-Time||1 year|
|Advanced Standing, 3 Semester||1 ½ years|
|Advanced Standing, Part-Time||2 years|
|Satellite Regular Program||3 years|
|Satellite Advanced Standing Program||1 ½ years|
Genaralist: The Generalist curriculum comprises the first 30 hours of coursework and field practicum. Building on a liberal arts base, courses address the knowledge and skills associated with generalist social work practice and examine the core values and philosophy of social work.
Specialist: The Specialist curriculum comprises the second 32 hours of coursework and field practicum. Courses focus on community-based direct practice and build upon successful mastery of foundation knowledge and skills. Community-based direct practice is founded on two central social work values:
Students, in collaboration with the Field Education Office, select field placements to meet their professional goals. Regular Program students complete four semesters of field practicum. Placements are available at a variety of community, government, and private agencies. In some situations, students may make special provisions for a field placement within their current work setting. Students who work full time will need to plan for daytime release time from their jobs to participate in the field practicum. Students must be in good academic standing in order to enter into, and remain in, their field placement.
Assessment is made on the basis of the applicant’s academic performance and background, social work and related work experience, personal qualifications, references, and indications of a commitment to the profession. Additionally, applicants should have interests or life experiences appropriate to the practice of professional social work.
Regular (62 Credit) Program
Advanced Standing (32 Credit) Program
Conditional or provisional admission may be granted to applicants in the following categories:
Students from non-MSW graduate programs may receive a maximum of six transfer credits for courses for which s/he has earned a grade of "A" or "B". Each course will be assessed for program equivalency.
Students previously or currently enrolled in another accredited master’s level social work degree program who are seeking admission as a transfer student will require official determination of allowable credit for coursework completed elsewhere. This determination will be made at the time of admission. Field Education credits do not transfer. All Field Education requirements must be completed as part of this MSW program. In addition, all students must complete a minimum of 30 hours at Salisbury University to be eligible for an MSW degree.
Students previously or currently enrolled in another accredited master’s level social work degree program who are seeking admission as transfer students are required to submit the following three materials IN ADDITION TO the materials required of new students (see Application Procedures):
Students from non-MSW programs may receive a maximum of six transfer credits for which at least a “B” was earned. Each course will be assessed for program equivalency. Official determination of allowable credit for coursework completed elsewhere will be made at the time of admission. See MSW Student Handbook for complete details.
International students who demonstrate graduate ability and proficiency in the English language may be offered admission. Applicants whose native language is other than English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and have official results sent to the Office of Admissions. A minimum score of 550 on the written exam or 213 on the computer exam is required. International graduate student applicants may be required to have their credentials reviewed by professional, external evaluators identified by Salisbury University. If such external review is necessary, appropriate forms will be sent to applicants early in the admissions process. International students must be admitted to a degree program before the immigration document (I-20) will be provided. For more information specific to International Students, please visit SU’s International Student and Scholar Services website at: http://www.salisbury.edu/intled/iss/admissions/default.html.
Students who wish to enroll as non-degree seeking (not formally admitted to a graduate degree program) are not required to complete a formal application for admission to the department, but must complete application to the university. Non-degree seeking students may complete only the following Social Work courses: SOWK 607, SOWK 610, and SOWK 620.
This is an excellent option for those students who wish to explore, but not commit to the Master of Social Work Program or for those who missed the deadline for admission. NOTE: Students interested in the Advanced Standing Program must be admitted to the program before taking MSW courses. Applying to the university begins here: http://www.salisbury.edu/registrar/Nondegree/enrollment.html.
Applicants who have pending legal action or convictions will be asked to supply documentation on the nature of the offense and the disposition. Individuals admitted to the program who are facing pending legal actions or convictions may have restrictions placed on the area of study and field placements they may pursue, as some field placement agencies do require a criminal background check. Applicants should also be aware that the Professional Standards Committee of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners may refuse to issue a license or certificate of registration to any person who has been convicted of any crime in this or any other state. Applicants may be denied admission to or, if enrolled, terminated from the program if they have been untruthful or provided inaccurate information on their application.
Life Experience Credit
No credit will be given for work or life experience.
Course Credit by Evaluation
Students who are able to demonstrate prior mastery of four specific graduate foundation level courses may take an examination to earn course credit. Those courses are: SOWK 607, Social Welfare Policy; SOWK 610, Theoretical Analysis of Behavior I; SOWK 616, Social Work Research; and SOWK 630, Theoretical Analysis of Behavior II. See the MSW Student Handbook for information on costs and procedures.
Each year Salisbury University offers a number of competitive graduate assistantships for students attending the SU campus. Information may be obtained from the Social Work Department. Required forms and documents should be returned to the chair of the Social Work Department as early as possible preceding the academic year or semester for which the appointment is sought. Assistantships are generally awarded for one semester, beginning in the fall, and may be continued in the spring semester, based on the recommendation of the department chair. All graduate assistants will be eligible to receive a salary and tuition waiver. Graduate assistants must enroll for a minimum of six credits, but no more than nine per semester will be covered by the tuition waiver. Tuition will be waived only for courses applicable toward master’s degree requirements. The waiver of tuition does not include waiver of fees.
The Good Neighbors Graduate Scholarship is intended to allow residents of contiguous counties in neighboring states of Maryland an opportunity to enroll as degree-seeking candidates in graduate programs at Salisbury University (and it’s satellite locations) and apply for support to cover a portion of the non-resident graduate tuition at Salisbury University. Additionally, individuals may apply for the scholarship for up-to nine hours of support as a non-degree seeking student.
Terms and Conditions:
The amount of each approved scholarship will be 75% of the difference between the graduate program’s resident and non-resident tuition rate per semester credit hour.
Degree-seeking students can receive the scholarship for the total number of hours necessary to complete the degree program. Only under extreme circumstances will an student be allowed to receive the scholarship for hours exceeding their degree checklist.
Non-degree seeking graduate students can receive the scholarship for up to nine hours.
Applicants must be registered for the semester for which they are applying for the scholarship.
Applications for scholarship must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.
Eligibility is based on the home county residence of the applicant. To qualify, applicants must live within a contiguous county of the location offering the graduate program. More details will follow regarding verification of residency. Specific contiguous counties that are eligible based on location are as follows:
|Campus Location||Eligible County|
|Salisbury University, Main Campus – All Graduate Programs||Sussex County, DE
Accomack County, VA
|Cecil College Satellite - MSW Program||New Castle County, DE
Chester County, PA
Lancaster County, PA
|USM at Hagerstown - MSW Program||Fulton County, PA
Franklin County, PA
Morgan County, WV
Berkeley County, WV
Jefferson County, WV
|Southern MD Higher Ed Center - MSW Program||Fairfax County, VA
Prince William County, VA
Stafford County, VA
King George County, VA
Westmoreland County, VA
Upon approval, each scholarship recipient will receive a credit to their student account in the amount of the award. \ Using Fall 2014 tuition rates, if a graduate student in the MEd program is enrolled in nine hours, resides in Sussex County, DE, and is approved for a Good Neighbors Scholarship, the following process would apply:
This student would receive a $1,950.75 credit to their account and they would be responsible for paying the remaining $3,872.25 in tuition plus associated required fees.
Applications to Salisbury University’s Master of Social Work Program are to be submitted online at www.salisbury.edu/apply. Listed below are the documents and information required to be submitted online. All applications must be completed by the due date or the application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for admission for the requested semester. Questions about or difficulties with the Graduate Application should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research (410) 548 – 3546.
Regular MSW Application Prompt
Advanced Standing MSW Application Prompt
Letter of Recommendation Instructions: IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
Questions about or difficulties with the Residency Information Form should be directed to the Registrar at (410) 543 – 6150.
If you are a permanent resident of Maryland you must complete and submit the Residency Information Form to be considered for in-state tuition. The Residency Information Form is included in the electronic application process. A printable version is available at http://www.salisbury.edu/registrar/forms.html. Mail the document to: Salisbury University Registrar, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801.
Note: Please refer to the MSW Student Handbook and the current Salisbury University Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog for official department and university policies. They can be found on the SU website: www.salisbury.edu
Checklist and information for completing the application to the MSW program (printable)
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Director of Graduate Programs: Dr. Vicki Root ~ E-mail: email@example.com ~ 410-677-3948
Online MSW Program Coordinator: Dr. Rebecca Anthony ~ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ Phone 410-677-0258
Online MSW Field Director: Jennifer Marvin ~ E-mail: Jlmarvin@salisbury.edu ~ 410-548-3563
Cecil College Satellite Program Site Coordinator: Tina Diamonte-Mock ~ E-mail: email@example.com ~ Phone: 410-410-287-1000, ext. 1486
Eastern Shore Higher Education Center Satellite Program Site Coordinator: Susan Park ~ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ Phone: 410-827-5734
University System of Maryland at Hagerstown Satellite Program Site Coordinator: Anne Chillingworth Shafer ~ E-mail: email@example.com ~ Phone: 240-527-2751
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center satellite Program Coordinator: Kathleen Arban ~ e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ Phone: 301-737-2500 ext. 213
Susan Mareski, Administrative Assistant, MSW Program Support ~ E-mail: email@example.com ~ Phone: 410-677-5363
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