Temple University’s social work programs prepare you to build a better world for your community. You’ll learn to work hands-on with vulnerable populations and enhance quality of life for all by addressing systemic issues facing our world—issues like racial injustice, inequality, health disparities, and economic uncertainty. Our programs are designed with flexibility in mind—both the Master of Social Work (MSW) and degree completion Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) are available part-time and online. 

Learn more about our MSW

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Master of Social Work 

Earn your MSW at a pace that’s right for you. The program can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis, and an accelerated format is available for students who have earned a BSW within the last five years from a CSWE-accredited school of social work.

The 60-credit program is available on-campus or fully online. Our curriculum prepares students for the LSW licensure exam. Students also have access to more than 300 fieldwork partners and one of the largest alumni groups in the area. 

No GRE is required to apply.

Customize your degree program by choosing a concentration that best matches your career goals: work with individuals and families at the clinical level, or expand your practice and focus on communities, organizations and policy.

Two MSW concentrations

Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families

Train to work as a clinical therapist with individuals, families and groups in both outpatient and inpatient settings, preparing for a career in areas like case management, hospital discharge planning, service brokering and private practice.

Macro Practice in Organizations, Communities and Policy Arenas

Learn to lead nonprofit and governmental agencies, or focus on community organizing or policy. You will develop management skills and learn to promote systemic change in institutions, from national agencies to neighborhood organizations.

Learn more about our BSW

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Bachelor of Social Work 

The new, online BSW completion program prepares students for entry-level social work careers advancing social justice and working with individuals, families and communities in need. The BSW program focuses on societal transformation, and students learn about issues such as institutional racism, health disparities and poverty.

To be accepted to the online program, students must have completed foundational coursework, either through an associate’s degree program or by transferring from another institution.

This 60-credit program can be completed full-time in two years, or part-time in four years. Classes take place in the evening one or two days a week. 

Students have access to the same courses as those in the on-campus BSW program and complete the program through live, synchronous coursework taught by same renowned faculty. Fieldwork allows students to integrate theory and hands-on skills during intensive internship experiences. 

Meet our students

Julia Trout
Julia Trout

Pursuing dual master’s degrees in social work and public health at Temple’s College of Public Health, Julia Trout feels she has found her calling. Searching for a specialty as an undergraduate in the college, she had explored pediatric nursing and sampled other health-related fields. Along the way, her father became ill with leukemia, and as a caregiver she became intimately attuned to the mental health aspects of cancer and oncology.

“It was amazing to see how much that mental side is affected by cancer,” she says. “People expect physical changes, but on the flip side, this huge emotional wall goes up. It’s a mental game, and I witnessed so many people help my dad get through that and it was like, ‘this is it, this is where I’m meant to be.’”

Now, Trout is studying to become an oncology social worker. She hopes to land in an oncology-related clinical setting, working one-on-one with patients and caregivers, with the goal of increasing mental health-related quality of life throughout their journeys. Outside of school, Trout works with Camp Kesem, a nationwide organization that provides free week-long camps to adolescent children whose families have been impacted by cancer. 

Her personal experience with the issue, she says, “was the hardest and most devastating experience I’ve had to go through. But I feel like to some extent it was a huge blessing in disguise. It led me in a whole new direction and ultimately it’s where I know I belong.”

Trout appreciates the variety of programs she was able to explore in the college. “The diversity of programs within the College of Public Health allowed me to investigate several possibilities until I arrived at my true passion,” she says.