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Salisbury University

Department of Social Work

Salisbury, MD


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Salisbury University


An Affordable, Flexible M.S.W. at Salisbury University

Salisbury University (SU), A Maryland University of National Distinction, offers one of the most affordable Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree programs in the state. Full-time students with an undergraduate degree in social work can complete the degree program within 2 semesters, while students with degrees in other areas or who wish to pursue a part-time schedule may take longer. SU provides flexible scheduling for working professionals. In addition to attending classes at SU campus, students may fulfill required courses at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center at Chesapeake College, the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, Cecil Community College in North East, and the University System of Maryland in Hagerstown. Courses for SU's M.S.W. also are offered at the Kaiserslautern Military Community in Germany through a partnership with University of Maryland University College. That program is designed for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. government employees and their families to enroll. The degree program prepares graduates to work in a range of settings including schools, community mental health centers, hospitals, correctional facilities, and social service agencies.

The Social Work Department at Salisbury University

The Social Work Department at Salisbury University has been serving the needs of Maryland and neighboring states since 1974. Guided by the principle that community engagement supports economic and social justice, the department is dedicated to producing professional social workers who begin as generalists and may later specialize in individual, family, and group practice. All of the department's programs are accredited by the Council of Social Work Education, and so qualify graduates for licensure. The department??s faculty members consist of dedicated researchers, instructors, and practitioners.

Community-Based Direct Practice

The M.S.W. degree program at SU prepares graduates for community-based direct practice. This approach focuses on improving the interaction and social functioning of individuals, families, and groups by helping them set and achieve specific goals, develop resources, and mitigating distress. Graduates take this approach into the community as practitioners, consultants, or supervisors.

The M.S.W. Degree Program Curriculum

Students without a prior degree in social work complete 30 hours of foundational coursework and field education during their first year. This helps them build the skills they will need as generalist social work practitioners. They explore social welfare policy, the ethical foundation of social work, and behavior analysis. Students with degrees in social work can advance directly into the second year of concentration curriculum, including 32 hours of coursework and field work dedicated to preparing graduates for community-based direct practice. Students learn to use evidence-based practice to introduce appropriate interventions to individuals, families, and groups. Courses include "Child Welfare," "Psychopathology," "Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention," "Supervision and Administration," and advanced practice courses with families, individuals, and groups.

Field Education

An integral component of the M.S.W. degree program at SU, field education enables students to develop and apply the skills to evaluate and provide interventions for a racially and ethnically diverse client population and at-risk individuals, families, and groups. Students are placed in mental health agencies, schools, day care centers, nursing homes, medical centers, substance abuse programs, public and private social service agencies, and correctional facilities. Each placement is within 50 miles of the student's home.

M.S.W. Degree Program - Salisbury University - University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Europe

SU has also developed an M.S.W. degree program for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. government employees, and their family members in the Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC), Germany. This program is offered through the University of Maryland University College Europe and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Continuing Education in Social Work

The Social Work Department also offers continuing education programs. Since the department is accredited by CSWE, SU can award participants Continuing Education Units. Individuals may contact the department or visit the department's website to find out about upcoming programs.

A Maryland University of National Distinction

A proud member of the University System of Maryland, Salisbury offers 57 graduate and undergraduate programs. "U.S. News and World Report" consistently ranks Salisbury University among its Best Regional Universities in the North. "Kiplinger's Personal Finance" magazine and the" Princeton Review" have also recognized Salisbury University as among their top Best Values in Public Colleges. Located in Salisbury, along the historic Eastern Shore, the university's beautiful campus is 30 minutes from the Atlantic beaches and the Chesapeake Bay.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 126

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? Yes


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 3rd February 3rd No
Spring deadline November 15th November 15th No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Letters of recommendation; transcripts from colleges and universities attended; essay; resume

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 7

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 1
Types of financial support available Teaching Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 1.59%
Black or African American 13.26%
White or Caucasian 73%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian Not Reported
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.53%
Two or more races 2.12%
Unknown 9.28%


Male (9%)
Female (90%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 22
Part-time - 47
Male (14)
Female (55)


Focus of faculty research: Aging; mass incarceration; professional identity development
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD  21801-6837
United States
Contact Dr. Vicki Root
Graduate Program Director, Social Work
Phone: 410-543-6307