Temple MSW Program - Commonwealth Cohort Option


Developed in response to the needs of rural communities seeking advanced social work education opportunities, the Commonwealth Cohort Option delivers the Temple University Master of Social Work (MSW) Program through a blended curriculum of coursework and field internships.  The Commonwealth Program currently has social work graduate student cohorts at the following locations:

  • Dallas (Misericordia University)
  • Dubois (Penn State-Dubois Campus)
  • Lancaster (Franklin and Marshall College)
  • Poconos (Northampton Community College in Tannersville, PA)
  • Mansfield (Mansfield University)
  • York (The United Way of York County)
  • Exploration for future cohorts are underway in Schuylkill County


The Commonwealth Program follows a cohort model, meaning that a group of students begin the program and move through the prescribed curriculum together.  At all current sites, the Regular Standing MSW Part-Time Program (60 credits) is offered.  At selected sites, the Advanced Standing Part-Time Program (34.5 credits) is offered to qualified BSW graduates. The Commonwealth Program utilizes a mix of instructional delivery methods to offer the MSW curriculum – the same curriculum as is offered at Temple’s Main and Harrisburg campuses, and sites at Ambler and Philadelphia Center City (TUCC).   The Temple MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 


As with any graduate education program, it is essential that individuals considering the MSW program carefully review the curriculum requirements and plan accordingly. MSW policies and requirements are the same regardless of location.  For information, please review the following:



If you would like further information or are interested in applying to Temple’s MSW Program as delivered through the Commonwealth Cohort Option please contact:


MSW Admissions Contact:
Amy Costik
Assistant Director, Recruitment