Johnstown Campus FAQ

What are the admission requirements for the program?

A bachelor's degree (minimum overall QPA of 3.0) from an accredited college or university is required. Applicants must be able to show that they have acquired a liberal arts base during their undergraduate (or undergraduate and graduate) studies and must have one undergraduate course in human biology and one undergraduate course in descriptive statistics.

How do I apply for admission?

You can get information about the application process by contacting the program’s coordinator, Laura Perry-Thompson at (814) 269-7070

Can I be admitted to the MSW program at UPJ at any time?

Admission to the program is set up on a cohort basis. Instead of admitting students every term, we admit students as a group. Cohorts are admitted approximately every 24 months (2016, 2018, etc)

Are applicants required to have an undergraduate degree in social work?

No. Students who do not have a BSW or a BASW will acquire equivalent preparation through completion of foundation course work and field practicum. Individuals with degrees from accredited undergraduate social work programs are eligible for advanced standing. The number of advanced standing credits to be granted will be determined as part of the admission process.

Which degree concentrations can I pursue at UPJ?

The MSW program at UPJ offers a concentration in Direct Practice with Individuals, Families and Small Groups, with a specialization in Mental Health. Individuals interested in other Direct Practice specializations or certificates or in the Community, Organization, and Social Action (COSA) concentration should apply to the Pittsburgh program.

What are "foundation courses”?

The five foundation courses are: Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Generalist Foundations of Social Work Practice, Social Work Research, Social Welfare, and Foundations of Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations.

How many credits are required for the MSW?

The MSW degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits. The program consists of 42 credits of course work and 18 credits of field education.

How long will it take to complete the degree?

Once admitted, students can complete the degree in 10 terms, provided that all admission prerequisites are met. Students who hold BSW or BASW degrees may be able to complete the degree in eight terms, depending on the number of advanced standing credits granted.

Who teaches the courses?

MSW courses are taught by University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work full-time and part-time faculty members, some of whom are members of the local social work community.

Does someone at UPJ oversee the MSW program?

There is an MSW program coordinator based at the UPJ campus. The coordinator provides academic advising, field liaison coverage, and community outreach. The coordinator is available to assist students with problem solving, registration, and career planning.

What are the field placement requirements and what options are available?

The MSW program requires two distinct placements for students who enter without a BSW or BASW degree. Students with advanced standing complete one field placement. The coordinator works with students to arrange placements based on their educational goals. A current list of field placements from all of the surrounding areas is available.

How long has the program been offered?

The MSW program at UPJ began in January 1998. To date, 228 students have earned their MSW degrees, and approximately 60 students are enrolled in the program.

Are all courses taught on the UPJ campus?

Student will attend classes in Johnstown. At this point, the majority of courses are taught by an instructor in-person on the UPJ campus. Some courses may be taught from the Pittsburgh or Bradford campuses via interactive television.

Will I be eligible to take the licensure exam?

The MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Therefore, students completing the MSW degree are eligible to take the examination to become a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania and other states.