Master of Social Work

Dr. Elaine Rinfrette

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  MSW graduates are prepared to work in a wide range of practice settings, including family based agencies, mental health care agencies, addiction treatment centers, schools, medical care facilities, psychiatric facilities, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, correctional facilities, veteran's agencies, foster care and adoption agencies, nursing homes, senior centers, and policy settings.

Social work is one profession with countless ways to help. Social workers work with clients who face challenges such as domestic violence, mental health problems, substance abuse, chronic or catastrophic illnesses, disabilities, adoption, divorce, loss of loved ones and other challenges. Social workers are employed as family therapists, adoption facilitators, community organizers, psychotherapists, case managers, patient advocates, directors of nonprofit agencies and disaster relief workers. 

Trends suggest that the demand for the social work professional will grow dramatically over the next decade.  In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that "Employment for social workers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations."  Upon completion of the MSW program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national licensure exam to become licensed social work practitioners.

Applicants should have a commitment to a career in social work and serving those who are vulnerable and who face multiple challenges.  Applicants must also possess the interpersonal qualities to work with a multicultural and diverse population including differences in gender, age, physical or mental abilities, social class, economic status or sexual orientation.  

OccupationProjected Growth in PAProjected National GrowthPA Median SalaryNational Median Salary
Community Health Workers 3.0% 22.0% $36,700 $34,600
Mental Health And Substance Abuse Social Workers 12.0% 31.0% $37,600 $40,000
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor 9.0% 27.0% $36,500 $38,500
Community and Social Service Specialists 3.0% 22.0% $38,900 $41,100
Healthcare Social Workers 17.0% 34.0% $45,400 $49,800
Child, Family and School Social Workers 4.0% 20.0% $37,500 $41,500
Probational Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 9.0% 18.0% $48,800 $48,200

*Salary and job growth information obtained from O*NET OnLine.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Edinboro University's School of Graduate Studies at (814)732-2856, toll-free at (888) 845-2890 or by email at