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Master of Social Work Program

The Master of Social Work 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.

MSW Program Mission

Grounded in social work values and ethics and using innovative program options, Salisbury University offers a student-centered MSW program that prepares graduates to make an impact in their local and regional communities and at national and international levels. Salisbury University MSW graduates serve as leaders in the implementation of socially just, culturally-responsive, equitable, evidence-based, and theory-informed interventions.

MSW Program Goals

Goal I: Perform as professional social workers in advanced direct practice with individuals, families, groups, and organizations.

Goal II: Develop a professional identity grounded in social work ethics and values.

Goal III: Apply knowledge of diversity, difference, and the impact on life experiences and identity formation.

Goal IV: Demonstrate critical thinking, ongoing self-reflection, and awareness of continued professional development as essential components of culturally competent advanced direct social work practice.

Goal V: Engage in scientific inquiry, evidenced based practice, and program evaluation.

Goal VI: Enhance an understanding of human rights, human and community well-being, and social and economic justice.

What is Advanced Direct Practice?

SU's advanced direct practice specialization is defined as advanced practice primarily with individuals, groups, families, and organizations. Advanced direct practice is based on the systems and strengths perspectives, along with 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 alleviating distress.

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 contexts.

Salisbury University has instituted a Good Neighbors Graduate Scholarship program that could reduce the tuition of active students who reside in contiguous counties neighboring Maryland - find out more under the "How to Apply to MSW" tab below!