Master of Social Work (MSW)
In 1987 Salem State became the first public institution of higher education in Massachusetts to offer a Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The school's faculty and staff are proud of the creation of a MSW program and curriculum that distinguishes itself with regard to both quality and reputation. In the MSW program at Salem State, you will find faculty who are simultaneously committed to teaching, advisement, practice, scholarship, and community service. You will be encouraged and challenged to integrate your understanding of social, economic, cultural, and psychological forces as you learn to work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.
Our 220 MSW students represent a diverse group of adult learners who are engaged in the study of social work theory and practice in the classroom and in field education placements. The school offers full-time, part-time and advanced standing study plans.
The Salem State University School of Social Work is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Information for current MSW students
- CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards [PDF]
- Fall 2013 Newsletter [PDF]
- NASW Code of Ethics [PDF]
- Professional Standards for Social Work Education [PDF]
- Statement on Plagiarism [PDF]
- Program Handbook [PDF]
- School of Social Work Professional Standards (August 26, 2013) [PDF]
- Study Plans for students entering the program beginning in September 2014 or later:
- Study Plans for students who have entered or will enter the program May 2014 or earlier: