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Master of Social Work

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Master of Social Work

"Temple provided a setting where I was able to flourish, grow and learn--from both my professors and my peers."


Master of Social Work

"As a social worker in city government, I get to push legislation that changes people's lives."


Master of Social Work

"An MSW from Temple means a lot. Temple MSW students are strong in the field so they're very sought after."


Master of Social Work

"What spoke to me about social work as a profession was the strong focus on social justice."

Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The MSW consists of 60 semester hours of course work and field practice taken full time (over 2 academic years), part time or online (over 3 to 4 academic years). An accelerated format is available for qualified students who have earned the Bachelor of Social Work degree and who may be given advanced standing in the program.

The School of Social Work is dedicated to societal transformations to eliminate social, political, economic injustices for poor and oppressed populations and to advancing the quality of life for all. Students, faculty and alumni are engaged in issues related to HIV/AIDS, homelessness, juvenile justice, community capacity building, health disparities, child welfare, teenage pregnancy, elder abuse and poverty in a variety of public and nonprofit settings. View curriculum.

Why a Temple MSW?

  • Connections. Our students have access to one of the largest alumni groups in the area.
  • Excellence. Our curriculum prepares students for the LSW (licensure) exam and we have one of the highest exam pass rates. 
  • Partnerships. We work with over 500 human service and social change organizations to provide internships and training opportunities for our students and have an international Partnership with Erfurt University (Germany) as well as educational trips to Cuba and other locations. 
  • Innovative. We are continuously renewing our curriculum.
  • Flexibility. The MSW program is available online, full-time (Main Campus) or part-time (Main Campus, Harrisburg). 

MSW students select one of the following concentrations:

  • Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families and Small Groups
  • Macro Practice with Organizations, Communities & Policy Arenas

And one of the following specializations:

  • ​Children & Families;
  • Health/Mental Health;
  • or an Individualized Option (designed by student and academic advisor)

Field Education

One of the most important, and exciting, components of social work education are the field practica. Human service and social change agencies provide settings in which students are challenged and supported in the integration of theories and practice skills. The School of Social Work partners with hundreds of public and nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland in order to provide MSW students high quality field education experiences. Field education programs are coordinated from the Philadelphia and Harrisburg campuses.

The assessment of student learning outcomes for the MSW program can be found here.

Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Information about admission to all of our MSW program options, including application deadlines, can be found here.

All applicants will be automatically considered for available merit-based scholarships at the time they are reviewed for admission.  Students will be notified if they are in receipt of such scholarships either at the time of admission or very shortly thereafter.

Social Work Alumni Share Their Stories

Katie King"The professors in the School of Social Work helped develop different aspects of people and understanding systems. As a result of that I feel like a well-rounded professional.” - Katie King, MSW-MPH

 "There's a broad range of services that are being offered throughout the city, throughout different agencies and nonprofits where you have the opportunity to work or intern." - Kyle Caler, MSW