Edinboro University Online MSW Program

The Edinboro University, Department of Social Work currently offers two online MSW programs, one for traditional students and one for advanced standing students. At this time, Edinboro only offers full-time online MSW programs; neither program is offered in a part-time format. The traditional program takes two years to complete with classes year round in the fall, winter, spring and summer quarters. The advanced standing program can be completed in 15 months (five quarters), also with classes year round.

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Edinboro’s online MSW program has a family social work practice focus; however, students are prepared to work in a variety of settings as the courses teach a generalist approach and students are allowed to work in several different types of agencies for their field education requirements. The program follows a cohort model where students enter and proceed through the program together as a group.

In addition, the majority of classes use asynchronous instruction, meaning students are not required to log on at specific times to attend classes. Programs with asynchronous instruction are ideal for students who want extra flexibility during their degree program, but they require discipline to stay on track and keep up with coursework and assignments.

For students who are considering pursuing a MSW full-time, field education requirements are 18 hours per week during the fall and spring quarters. However, since Edinboro’s program has year round classes, students only take 9 credits per quarter instead of 15 like for many other programs. This is ideal for students who need to work part-time during the program.

Edinboro University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the online MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Edinboro University Online MSW Program: Overview

Department: Department of Social Work at Edinboro University

Degree Types: Traditional and Advanced Standing

Concentrations: Family Social Work Practice

Program Structure: Online with field internships (no requirements for online students to attend campus)

Instruction Methods: Typically courses have asynchronous instruction where students do not have set times where they need to be online to attend classes

Program Information – Traditional Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: MSW Program
  • Phone Number: (814) 732-2013

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 900 hours (two internships: 400 hours and 500 hours)
  • Number of Credits Required: 60 credit hours

Program Length

  • Program Options: Full-Time Only
  • Program Length: Two years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall/Spring admissions

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8, otherwise students are required to take the GRE or MAT
  • GRE Information: Not required unless GPA is below 3.0

Program Information – Advanced Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: MSW Program
  • Phone Number: (814) 732-2013

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 500 hours (two internships)
  • Number of Credits Required: 39 credit hours

Program Length

  • Program Options: Full-Time Only
  • Program Length: About one year
  • Program Start Dates: Summer admission only (students are required to complete three pre-requisite courses)

Admission Requirements

  • BSW Requirement: Students must have completed an undergraduate degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program
  • GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required
  • GRE Information: Not Required

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