Johnstown Campus MSW Program

Johnstown campus



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 curriculum prepares students to successfully take the licensure exam.

Students with a BSW/BASW are granted advanced standing during the admission process and can receive up to 15 academic credits. The number of advanced standing credits granted depends on the comparability of the student’s undergraduate courses to this Program’s generalist courses and on the grades they earned in those undergraduate courses (i.e., must be a “B” grade or higher).

The Pitt-Johnstown MSW program shares the same academic goals, standards, requirements, and accreditation as the program at the Pittsburgh campus School of Social Work.

A new cohort of accepted students begins every two years, completing six credits per semester for 10 consecutive semesters. (Total credits:42 class + 18 practicum) Students may 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. We also offer a 2-year program for students who would like to attend full-time beginning their second year and can travel to Oakland campus for one course in the spring term.

Click on the part-time course schedule, which is perfect for the recent grad or the working professional. The cohort model ensures that our students receive the absolute most out of their education. Our students cultivate professional and personal networks that continue long after graduation.

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.  


 To qualify for a Pitt2Pitt Scholarship, you need to be a graduating University of Pittsburgh senior or alumni as described in the program-specific requirements, apply to the program, and be admitted.  Qualifying part-time students (minimum 4.5 credits) can receive $1,250/term scholarship.

 You can apply to the program through the main campus admissions process (link below). Applications will be accepted from Oct 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024 for the 2024-25 academic year. To apply you will need to provide:

•    The online MSW application form
•    Electronically signed practicum 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

Application Process

MSW Program at Pitt-Johnstown Brochure

Recent Article: Pitt-Johnstown alumna make a difference in the community

Let's chat at your convenience.


Misha Zorich,MSW,MDiv
MSW Regional Program Director, Pitt-Johnstown MSW Program      
Maggie Borodach
Administrative Assistant
149B Biddle Hall
450 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, PA 15904
(814) 269-7008

 Tuition Rates and Fees

Words from our Alumni

The MSW program at Pitt-Johnstown offered me an opportunity for growth both professionally and personally.  The small class size is ideal for making personal connections with your professors and colleagues that last beyond your years in the program.  I’m grateful for my experiences in the MSW program and would recommend it to anyone looking to move forward in a career in social work.
Class of 2013
Erika B. Brosig, LCSW, CTTS, DAAETS
Clinical Director, Victim Services, Inc
Cambria County SART Coordinator
The MSW program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown gave me the opportunity to achieve a master's degree, while continuing to work full-time and raise a family. Since graduating in 2009, the program has remained an important part of my life, as I have now become part of the faculty as an adjunct instructor. This program is vital to the mental health community because it maintains our local pool of clinicians and fosters greater access to care for those seeking treatment.
Class of 2009
Tanya Kvarta,LSW
Executive Director, Behavioral Health of Cambria County
The MSW program at Pitt-Johnstown provided me with the flexibility to both maintain my career and begin my family while pursuing graduate education. The coursework and field placements led to success in clinical licensure, my profession as a therapist, and opportunities to give back to the social work community.
Class of  2009
Shawna Kosakowski,LSW
Outpatient Therapist
I have had so many wonderful opportunities to advance my career thanks to my master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.  I obtained a Director of Social Work position at Torrance State Hospital where I did my internship and currently work as the Director of the Sexual Responsibility and Treatment Program at Torrance, a one of a kind program in the Nation !  I would never have had these opportunities without my degree.  I felt well prepared to tackle the challenges of both of these positions because of all that I learned thanks to all the dedicated professors and staff from the University of Pittsburgh.  I would highly recommend this amazing program to increase your career opportunities and help to change people’s lives like you never thought possible.
Class of 2001   
Bobbi Lawrence, LSW
Executive Director
PA Sexual Responsibility and Treatment Program | Torrance State Hospital
The MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social
Work Education. Therefore, students completing the MSW
degree are eligible to take the examination to become a
licensed social worker in Pennsylvania and other states