Social Work (MSW)

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 (MSW) 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. 

Program Flier: A summary of the program

The Basics

  • 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 on-site, online, and hybrid (combines online and on-site instruction) formats.
  • The regular program length for a full time student is typically 10 sessions.
  • The program includes two years of field practicum study, where you will engage in supervised hands-on social work practice in your community.
  • The Advanced Standing Program option is available for students with a bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program, who have graduated in the last three years (five with social service experience). The Advanced Standing program is 32 credits, including 8 credits of field practicum.

Field Education

Field education is an integral component of the social work curriculum, enabling you to learn through real-world supervised social work practice at a human service agency in your local military community. Field placements will be matched to your professional goals. Regular program students complete two years of field practicum in two different settings, while advanced standing students complete a one year practicum in one setting.

Program Mission

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

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

Career Paths

Graduates can work in a variety of human service programs and agencies in an advanced clinical and/or supervisory capacity, including:

  • Schools or universities
  • Hospitals or health clinics
  • Social service agencies
  • Government agencies
  • Private practices

About our Partner Institution Salisbury University

Salisbury University, a member of the University System of Maryland, is an accredited university of national distinction. In 2014, SU was ranked as one of the ‘Nation’s Best Institutions’ by The Princeton Review and one of the ‘Best Regional Universities in the North’ by U.S. News and World Report. Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, this four-year university has over 8,000 students and 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. SU prides itself on being an institution where individual talents are celebrated while big ideas are encouraged and nurtured.

How to Get Started

To apply for the MSW program, submit your application for admission online through UMUC Europe. You will then be contacted via e-mail about the next steps in your admission process.

For assistance, please contact:
UMUC Europe Graduate Programs
graduatesocialwork-europe@umuc.edu
CIV +49-(0)631-534-80344

Program Admission

For admission to the MSW program, you must demonstrate that you

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

  2. Have completed a broad liberal arts background with a minimum of 24 credit hours, including at least one course in sociology, psychology, English, political science or history, and statistics. A course in introductory statistics is required. These undergraduate requirements may be taken at any accredited college or university, including community colleges. All prerequisites for admission must be completed prior to admission, except statistics, which must be completed by the end of the first semester in the program. All offers of admission are conditional upon the successful completion of the undergraduate coursework.

  3. Have earned a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average on the last 120 graded credits that appear on your bachelor’s degree transcript, as well as a 3.0 grade point average on the last 60 graded upper-division courses.

  4. Have submitted transcripts of any completed graduate courses.

  5. Submit three professional letters of recommendation, usually from persons such as professors, employers, supervisors, professional colleagues, and community associates. If you have been employed in a social service agency, you should request a recommendation from a recent employer or supervisor. If you are a student, you should provide a recommendation from a faculty advisor or instructor.

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission may be granted to the MSW program if you  have a GPA of 2.5 to 2.99 (2.8 to 2.99 for advanced standing) on the last 120 graded credits that appear on your bachelor’s degree transcript and have an otherwise strong application. Once provisionally admitted, you must complete one semester of graduate courses (at least two courses) with a GPA of 3.0 or you will be dismissed from the program.

Transfer Applicants

Under certain circumstances, you may receive a maximum of 29 credits for work completed not more than five years prior to first registration from a CSWE-accredited graduate school of social work and for which a grade of at least a B was received. No course, including any transfer course, may be counted toward a degree if it was completed more than seven full calendar years prior to the date of graduation.

You must complete a minimum of 32 credits in the Salisbury University Department of Social Work to be eligible for the MSW.

If you are currently or were previously enrolled in another accredited master’s level social work degree program and are seeking admission as a transfer student, you are required to submit the following additional materials:

  1. A brief written statement describing the reasons why you are requesting a transfer.
  2. A copy of practicum/field work evaluations, if applicable.
  3. One of the three letters of recommendation must be from a faculty member or field supervisor affiliated with the program.

If you are in a non-MSW program, you may receive a maximum of six transfer credits for courses in which you have earned a grade of B or above. Each course will be individually assessed for program equivalency. Credits used as part of a previous master’s degree will not transfer. Official determination of allowable credit for work completed elsewhere will be made at the time of admission.

If you are registered in the program and want to take a course at another university and transfer credit toward the Salisbury University Department of Social Work MSW (i.e., a summer course), you must receive approval from the chair of the Department of Social Work.

Foundation Courses

    Credits
SOWK 605 Social Welfare Policy: Foundations and Structure 3
SOWK 610 Theoretical Analysis of Behavior I 3
SOWK 616 Social Research I 3
SOWK 630 Theoretical Analysis of Behavior II 3
SOWK 620 Social Work Practice I 3
SOWK 617 Social Research II 3
SOWK 622 Social Work Practice II 3
SOWK 640 Field Instruction I 3
SOWK 623 Social Work Practice III 3
SOWK 645 Field Instruction II 3

Concentration Courses

    Credits
SOWK 602 Ethical Foundation of Social Work 3
SOWK 650 Advanced Practice with Individuals 3
SOWK 654 Psychopathology 3
SOWK 660 Advanced Practice with Families 3
SOWK 680 Advanced Practice with Groups 3
SOWK 665 Field Instruction III 4
SOWK Elective* 3
SOWK 655 Evaluation of Social Work Practice 3
SOWK 685 Field Instruction IV 4
SOWK 663 Supervision and Administration 3
Total 62

Progression Requirements

In the MSW program, you may graduate with no more than six credits (typically two courses) in which you earn lower than a B or three credits for advanced standing students. If you are in the 62 credit MSW program, you are allowed to repeat two courses one time during the program to improve their grade. If you have begun the concentration curriculum, you may not repeat a foundation course. Advanced standing students may repeat one course one time. If you have exceeded the allowed credits earned with a C and who have utilized the course repeat option, you will be dismissed from the program regardless of your GPA. If you receive a grade below a C and have utilized the course repeat option, you will also be dismissed from the program regardless of your GPA.

In addition, you must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. If the GPA falls below 3.0, you will be placed on academic probation according to university policy.

Advanced Standing

If you have completed a bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited undergraduate social work program, you may be eligible for the MSW advanced standing program. Advanced standing is a 32 credit program, rather than 62 credit program.

If you do not have an accredited undergraduate degree in social work, you will be admitted to the regular 62 credit program that may be completed in 10 sessions.

To apply for the advanced standing program, you must meet additional requirements, including having graduated from an undergraduate social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education within the last three years. However, if you have two years of human service work and have graduated within the last five years, you will be considered. Also, to apply for the advanced standing program, you must have earned a minimum 3.0 grade point average on the last 120 credits that appear on your bachelor’s degree transcript, as well as a 3.2 on the last 60 graded upper-division courses (including all social work courses).

To apply for advanced standing, you must submit the following material in addition to the usual application requirements:

  1. Transcripts documenting eligibility for advanced standing
  2. Recommendation for advanced standing from the Social Work department chair of the school in which you completed your bachelor’s degree in social work
  3. A detailed evaluation of your field instruction experience and performance by the agency supervisor or an evaluation of your employment performance. You may submit evaluations of field performance conducted at the end of each undergraduate term.

Advanced Standing Curriculum

    Credits
SOWK 650 Advanced Practice with Individuals 3
SOWK 654 Psychopathology 3
SOWK 665 Field Instruction III 4
SOWK 655 Evaluation of Social Work Practice 3
SOWK 680 Advanced Practice with Groups 3
SOWK 685 Field Instruction IV 4
SOWK 663 Supervision and Administration 3
SOWK 602 Ethical Foundation of Social Work 3
SOWK 660 Advanced Practice with Families 3
SOWK Elective* 3
Total 32