Master of Social Work
Propel societal transformation by identifying and striving to eliminate social injustice with the Master of Social Work (MSW) in the College of Public Health. Train to support and advocate for vulnerable populations including children, the elderly and those living in poverty. This highly rated program also serves as a laboratory for community capacity building, preventing disease and supporting at-risk populations.
The program distinguishes itself with its diversity: Students come from a broad range of geographic, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and life experiences. This enriches the quality of classroom discussions, especially in the more hands-on, practice-oriented portions of the curriculum.
Students tackle numerous social issues through the MSW curriculum, including juvenile justice, poverty, substance abuse and violence against women. They can choose to work directly with individuals and families or tackle community, macro-level policy and management issues. A dual-degree program in Social Work and Public Health focuses on health-related concerns and populations.
Integrate theory and hands-on skills through field practica in one of more than 500 human service and social change organizations both in- and outside Philadelphia. The program has an international partnership with Erfurt University in Germany and also offers educational trips to Poland and other locations.
- Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families
Train to perform outpatient or inpatient therapy and with individuals, families or groups. Career options include case management, hospital discharge planning and service brokering.
- Macro Practice in Organizations, Communities and Policy Arenas
Lead social work agencies, or focus on community organizing or policy. You’ll study management skills and learn to work effectively in institutions, from social work agencies to neighborhood organizations.
- Children and Families
- Health and Mental Health
- Individualized option designed with your academic advisor
Flexible scheduling options are well suited for students who are employed: Some courses are offered online, during the summer (Main Campus) and on Saturdays during the fall and spring terms (Center City campus).
- designed for students with a bachelor’s degree
- study full time and finish in two years or part time to finish in three years
- grants advanced standing for students who have earned a BSW in the past five years, demonstrate excellent promise as a master’s-level social worker and show readiness to take on graduate education
- study full time to complete the degree in 12 months or part time to complete it in 18 months
Student may also choose to enroll in Temple’s fully Online Master of Social Work.
Classes & Curriculum
You’ll take selected core coursework that includes topics in social justice, as well as in policy, research methods and practice. You will also engage in a field practicum with a human service or social change agency. Personalize your studies with electives: Our curriculum includes pertinent offerings on topics including gender and sexuality, medical social work, and trauma.