MSW Program

The MSW Executive Schedule provides the opportunity for classroom instruction on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays through the semester

The Master of Social Work Program at Kutztown University focuses on the needs of the family in its social environment. During their study, MSW students are actively engaged with faculty experts in both exploring and enhancing their knowledge as it related to the strengths and needs of the family in all its diverse forms. Students, faculty and human service providers collaborate to provide service to families at risk, intervene with families in crisis, connect clients to causes and change the social environment to support the families of today and the families of tomorrow.

The length of study is two years for full-time study and a maximum of four years for a structured part-time study*.  Students develop a clear understanding and ability to practice generalist social work in their foundation year of study. The advanced year provides a concentration, developing depth, breadth, and specificity in knowledge on the family in its social environment. Students develop further specialization through elective course offerings and a 900-hour agency-based practicum experience. This specialized program of study is achieved through each student's choice of six, 1-credit elective courses from a broad range of topics, from therapeutic interventions to agency administration and policy development. The advanced standing status may be granted only to students who possess the Bachelor's of Social Work degree (BSW) from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited the program

Dr. John Vafeas
MSW Program Director
vafeas@kutztown.edu

*A Bachelor of Social Work degree is not required for entrance into the Traditional MSW program which includes foundational coursework.  Current holders of a BSW from a CSWE accredited program may qualify for admittance into the Advanced Standing Program

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I took away leadership skills, confidence, and the ability to apply my education to the field.

Kate Kissling, MSW 2021
Kate Kissling
Elizabeth Hahn
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The MSW program helped me become a better person, more in tune with my own diversity and how this shapes my interaction with the world.

Elizabeth Hahn, MSW 2020
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The most notable part of my education was when I got my first full time job, it felt like everything I have done through all of this time has been worth it and I knew that I accomplished something big and couldn't have done so without Kutztown and the social work department.

Amanda Phillips, MSW 2020
Amanda Phillips

The Kutztown University Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation.