The MSW program at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown is a part-time program that prepares students to engage in empirically supported and culturally competent advanced social work practice. It offers a specialization in direct practice with individuals, families and small groups, with a certificate in mental health.
The Pitt-Johnstown MSW program shares the same academic goals, standards, and requirements as the program at the Pittsburgh campus.
A new cohort of accepted students may start every two years, completing six credits per semester for 10 consecutive semesters. (Total credits:42 class + 18 fieldwork) Students may successfully complete the MSW in three and a half years. Classes are taught by full-time and part-time faculty in the evenings at Pitt's campus in Johnstown, Pa. The course schedule is perfect for the recent grad or the working professional.
You are welcome to visit a class or our campus at any time.
Students are eligible for a 15% tuition discount if they meet the following conditions:
Students must be employed by either a non-profit or social service agency as a full-time employee for no fewer than 35 hours per week and work directly in a capacity with individuals, families, groups or communities.
Students are not eligible for the discount if they are already receiving either tuition remission or reimbursement from Pitt or their employer.
Verification of employment must be provided by a signed letter on agency letterhead stationery by either the CEO or human services manager/director verifying the student's employment, weekly hours worked, and job title.
You can apply to the program through the main campus admissions process (link below). Applications will be accepted after Nov. 21, 2023, for the 2024-25 academic year. To apply you will need to provide:
• The online MSW application form
• Electronically signed field education document (included in the application)
• 3-5 page double-spaced typed personal statement
• Official and sealed copies of transcripts for all colleges/universities attended
• 2 letters of recommendation
• Copy of resume
Successful completion of 3-credit coursework in statistics or quantitative analysis (If a student does not have a course in statistics or quantitative analysis, this requirement must be completed before enrollment. Many students complete this course at a local community college or online, if it was not a part of their previous studies.)
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