School of Social Administration
553 Ritter Hall Annex,
School of Social Administration
Curtis A. Leonard, Ph.D., Dean
Linda M. Mauro, D.S.W., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, 215-204-8831, 551 Ritter Hall Annex, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Terry Kinney, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies for Health Studies, 215-204-2703, 300 Vivacqua Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122
The School of Social Administration offers the following graduate degree programs:
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Community Health Education.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)in Health Studies
Joint Master of Public Health and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (M.P.H. - D.PM.) with the School of Podiatric Medicine
Direct inquiries and requests for application materials should be addressed to: Mrs. Gloria Ricks Carter, Director of Graduate Admissions, School of Social Administration, Ritter Hall Annex, 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19122, 215-204-8621.
The M.S.W. Program prepares individuals to be ethical and competent social work practitioners and leaders who are committed to social and economic justice and the eradication of barriers to the fullest development of human potential.
The School of Social Administration's Programs are grounded in the belief that human problems are linked inexorably to the interplay of social values, institutional arrangements, and the structural dynamics of power. Thus, the School places major emphasis on developing teaching strategies for social and institutional change and on practice methods with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations that affirm people's strengths, value their diversity, and help them take charge of their lives and collectively meet their common human needs. The School's primary concern is with the elimination of oppression and particularly that based on race, gender, class, and sexual orientation.
The M.S.W. program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Areas of Concentration
The two areas of concentration are Social Service Delivery and Administration/Social Planning.
The Social Service Delivery Concentration is designed to prepare students for advanced generalist social work practice. Advanced generalist practitioners work to empower individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations to define and meet their needs. They use different social work roles from enabler to activist and work in different settings. They are capable of autonomous practice, have the ability to direct the work of others, and engage in systems change to maximize opportunities for oppressed populations. Key perspectives include ecosystems, strengths, and empowerment. Commitment to social and economic justice, respect for diversity, and a strong ethical base are hallmarks of the Temple graduate.
The concentration in Administration/Social Planning is designed for students interested in policy and program development and for those wishing to prepare for executive and management positions in the public and private human services. Graduates are competent in financial management; program development and planning; supervision, staff development, and evaluation of agency staff and programs. Social Planning is based upon an assessment of power, strengths, resources, and opportunities to identify unmet needs and design programs and policies to meet them. The hoped for outcomes of any planning effort are social and economic justice, community development and empowerment of oppressed groups.
Field work experiences in a wide range of public and private social agencies, institu-tions, and community-based programs are designed within each of the concentrations to provide opportunities for students to apply theoretical concepts and to develop professional skills and behaviors.
Students with special interests in particular fields of service-such as aging, alcohol and drug abuse, child and family services, criminal justice, mental health and mental retardation, and school social work-may develop their interests through field work selection and choice of electives.
Admission is for the fall semester only. The application deadline is March 15 with notification on or about May 1. Applicants interested in Advanced Standing should submit their applications by February 15. They will be notified on or about March 30. (The Advanced Standing Program requires a summer course that begins in June.) International applicants should submit their applications by February 15 in keeping with university policy.
The M.S.W. Program awards a substantial amount of aid each year in the form of partial tuition scholarships, graduate assistantships, and training stipends provided by government and voluntary agencies. Awards are made on the basis of academic merit, interest in particular areas of practice for which the Program has special funding, and the overall promise shown by an applicant for contributing to the Program and to the profession. They are awarded, at present, only to full-time students. Application instructions, as well as a complete statement of the Program's financial aid policies, are included with the admissions application packet.