Online MSW Programs in Pennsylvania (PA)

Individuals residing in Pennsylvania who wish to earn their MSW online have several options to consider as they explore CSWE accredited online MSW programs. Currently, there are two Pennsylvania-based universities and several out-of-state universities with online MSW programs that accept students from Pennsylvania. At this time, Widener University in Chester, PA and Edinboro University in Edinboro, PA are the only schools that both have campuses in Pennsylvania and offer a fully online MSW program.

Widener University’s online MSW program offers a clinical social work curriculum with a specialization in trauma. This program explores the role that trauma plays in different mental, emotional, physical, and social challenges that individuals face across the lifespan. At present, Widener University only offers a traditional standing MSW option, which takes about three years of part-time study to complete. Students complete two field practicums during the program, totaling 1200 hours of field education at an approved local agency. This program is fully online in that it does not require students to attend any on-campus intensives.

FEATURED ONLINE MSW PROGRAMS THAT ACCEPT STUDENTS FROM PENNSYLVANIA

FEATURED ONLINE MSW PROGRAMS THAT ACCEPT STUDENTS FROM PENNSYLVANIA
SCHOOL DESCRIPTION
U of Southern California (USC) (FT, PT) Top-Ranked Program with Multiple Concentrations and Options
Simmons University (FT, PT) Top-Ranked Clinical Social Work Program with Specializations
University of Denver A Social Justice–Focused Online MSW
Fordham University An Online MSW with a Future-Focused Curriculum
These schools offer online MSW programs with 100% online instruction - no campus visits required

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Edinboro University offers an entirely online MSW program with traditional and advanced standing options. Edinboro’s traditional standing online MSW track is comprised of 60 course credits that students typically complete over the course of two years of full-time study. The advanced standing program requires the completion of 39 course credits over the course of one year (students must have certain pre-requisite classes completed prior to starting the advanced standing track). Traditional standing students must complete 900 hours of field education over four semesters, while advanced standing students complete 500 hours of field education over two semesters. Aside from traveling to their field agency to complete their internships, students of Edinboro University’s program do not need to travel to campus for any on-campus intensives.

Please note: All online MSW programs require students to complete field education at a local health services agency.

In addition to Widener University and Edinboro University, there are 26 online MSW programs offered by out-of-state universities that accept students from Pennsylvania. Of these 26 programs, 20 offer 100% online MSW programs that do not require any campus visits, while the remaining 6 programs do require students to attend a limited number of on-campus intensives. For students who would like the opportunity to meet course faculty and interact with their fellow students in person while still completing their coursework online, online MSW programs that require campus visits may be a good option. (Note: OnlineMSWPrograms.com classifies any program that requires two or fewer visits to campus annually as an online program.)

Tuition for online MSW programs varies greatly by university, so students should check with the admissions offices of the programs that interest them for the most up-to-date rates. Some online MSW programs charge the same tuition rate for in-state and out-of-state students, which is something to consider while researching programs. Finally, some universities charge the same tuition rate for their on-campus and online programs, while others charge a different rate for on-campus versus online students.

Colleges in Pennsylvania with Online MSW Programs

Colleges in Pennsylvania with Online MSW Programs
SCHOOL NAME STRUCTURE OF PROGRAM* PROGRAM OPTIONS
Edinboro University 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing (FT)
Widener University 100% Online Traditional (PT)


Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Pennsylvania

Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Pennsylvania
SCHOOL NAME STRUCTURE OF PROGRAM* PROGRAM OPTIONS
Arizona State University 100% Online Traditional (FT & PT)
Boise State University 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing (FT & PT)
Boston University 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing (PT)
California State University, Northridge 100% Online Traditional (PT)
California State University, San Bernardino Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional (FT)
Case Western Reserve University 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing (PT)
Columbia University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional (FT & PT)
Humboldt State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional and Advanced Standing (PT)
Indiana University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional and Advanced Standing (PT)
Louisiana State University 100% Online Traditional (FT & PT) and Advanced Standing (FT)
Our Lady of the Lake University 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing (PT)
Portland State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional (PT)
Rutgers University 100% Online Traditional (PT)
Simmons University 100% Online Traditional (FT & PT) 
The Catholic University of America 100% Online Traditional (PT)
Texas State University - San Marcos 100% Online Traditional (PT) and Advanced Standing (PT)
University at Buffalo (SUNY) 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing (PT)
University of Central Florida 100% Online Traditional (PT)
University of Denver 100% Online Traditional (FT)
University of Houston 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing (PT)
University of Louisville 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing (FT & PT)
University of New England (UNE) 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing (PT)
University of New Hampshire (UNH) 100% Online Traditional (FT)
University of North Dakota Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional and Advanced Standing (PT)
University of Southern California (USC) 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing (FT & PT)
University of Tennessee at Knoxville 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing (FT & PT)
Western New Mexico University 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing (FT & PT)

*All online MSW programs require field education at a local health services agency. Programs that are 100% online do not require students to visit the campus during the program. For schools that are not 100% online, we classify any program that requires two or fewer visits to the campus per year as an online program.