Social Work

For Spring 2015, all applications must be submitted no later than 15 January 2015. See admission requirements.

Program Accreditation

Salisbury University’s Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Help make a difference in the lives of people and their communities: Develop the skills necessary to become a professional social worker. Offered by Salisbury University and administered by UMUC Europe, the Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. For the first time ever at U.S. military communities in Europe, you have the opportunity to earn a MSW degree in a student-centered, face-to-face atmosphere under the guidance of experienced faculty members.

The goal of this comprehensive program is to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for private or public sector social work practice. In a combination of hands-on practice in your community and theoretical study in the classroom, learn how to work with individuals, families, and groups, and gain knowledge you need for social work supervision and administration. 

This program will be offered for the first time to U.S. military communities in Europe in Spring 2014 Session 2, with the first classes taking place in the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

Program Flier: A summary of the program

Program Objectives

As a graduate of the MSW program, you will be armed with skills to help:

  • Operate as an ethical, competent social work practitioner
  • Engage in beginning level supervision in a variety of settings
  • Utilize your abilities in a plethora of different human service programs
  • Participate in active community engagement in the pursuit of social and economic justice

Program Overview

  • The program is 62 credit hours, with 48 credits of classroom work and 14 credits of supervised field practicum in your community
  • The overseas program is offered in two formats: on-site and hybrid (combines online and on-site instruction)
  • The regular program length for full time students is 12 sessions
  • The program requires field practicum study, where you will engage in supervised social work practice in a hands-on setting with organizations in your community
  • Recent graduates of an accredited baccalaureate social work program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may be eligible to apply to our Advanced Standing program, which is an accelerated program of 32 credits and six sessions

Curriculum: Required Courses

Session Course Code and Title Cr.
Session 1 SOWK 610 Theoretical Analysis of Behavior I 3
SOWK 620 Social Work Practice I 3
Session 2 SOWK 630 Theoretical Analysis of Behavior II 3
SOWK 605 Social Welfare Policy and Services 3
Session 3 SOWK 622 Social Work Practice II 3
SOWK 640 Field Education I 3
Session 4 SOWK 623 Social Work Practice III 3
SOWK 640 Field Education I cont.  
Session 5 SOWK 616 Social Work Research I 3
SOWK 645 Field Education II 3
Session 6 SOWK 617 Social Work Research II 3
SOWK 645 Field Education II cont.  
Session 7 SOWK 650 Advanced Practice with Individuals 3
SOWK 654 Psychopathology 3
Session 8 SOWK 602 Ethical Foundations of Social Work 3
SOWK 665 Field Education III 4
Session 9 SOWK 660 Advanced Practice with Families 3
SOWK 665 Field Education III cont.  
Session 10 SOWK 680 Advanced Practice with Groups 3
SOWK 685 Field Education IV 4
Session 11 Elective Child Welfare or Substance Abuse 3
SOWK 685 Field Education IV cont.  
Session 12 SOWK 663 Supervision and Administration 3
SOWK 655 Evaluation of Social Work Practice 3

Field Education

Field education is an integral component of the social work curriculum, and the focus is to take learning outside the classroom setting and provide valuable experience. In these courses, you will actively participate in your learning through real-world supervised social work practice at a human service agency in your local military community. UMUC Europe will assist with the placement process in institutions such as schools, social service agencies, day care centers, medical facilities, etc.

How to Apply

To apply for the Master of Social Work program, submit your application for admission online through UMUC Europe here. You will then be contacted via e-mail about the next steps in your admission process. For assistance, please contact the UMUC Europe Graduate Programs Office at or CIV +49-(0)631-534-80344.

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