Marywood University

College of Health and Human Services

Social Work


2300 Adams Avenue

Scranton, PA 18509

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.W./Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and M.S.W./Master of Divinity. Home and School Visitor Certification also available.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Marywood University's School of Social Work is the leading provider of social work education in Northeast Pennsylvania, having educated more than 4,000 social workers since 1969. Marywood's social work programs (bachelor's and master's degrees) are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The baccalaureate program has been accredited since 1974 and the master's program has been accredited since 1969.

We offer flexible scheduling and a welcoming learning environment, which are responsive to beginning, career changing, and mid-career students.

The Master of Social Work curriculum is organized as an integrated whole, including foundation and advanced content. It is designed to prepare graduates for advanced practice. Each semester builds upon knowledge from the previous semester, and the completion of the foundation content is preparatory to advancement to advanced content with opportunities for specializations.

A system of organizing principles threads throughout the core content areas of the curriculum to form a foundation based upon the ecological perspective, social work values and ethics, appreciation of diversity, social and economic justice, the strengths perspective, professional use of self, systematic mode of inquiry, and populations at risk.

The courses of the M.S.W. degree curriculum may be classified generally into two categories: those in the foundation curriculum and those that provide opportunity for advanced study. As students move to more advanced levels of their studies, more specialized courses are offered to assist in the acquisition of knowledge and skills in greater depth.  In addition, students may elect a specialization in Behavioral Health, Child and Family Studies, or Administration by choosing specific electives and completing a field placement offering experience in that practice area.

Electives allow study of a particular intervention methodology or area of significance for social work and usually follow completion of foundation coursework. The M.S.W. Program offers a range of elective choices to respond flexibly to priority concerns and emerging issues in social welfare, in accord with faculty resources and student interests.

The M.S.W. Program at Marywood has developed full- and part-time program plans for persons seeking the degree: Standard full-time and part-time and Advanced Standing full-time and part-time. All plans have the same standards and require both classroom study and field education, working under supervision in a social work setting.

Full-time programs are available on weekdays at Marywood University in Scranton, and evenings in the Lehigh Valley Center at DeSales University. Part-time programs are available on Saturdays in Scranton, evenings in the Lehigh Valley at DeSales University and Saturdays in Central Pennsylvania at Bloomsburg University and in the Pocono Pennsylvania area at East Stroudsburg University.


Council on Social Work Education, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: varies

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): varies USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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