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Social Work, M.S.W.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #47 (BCR) Pittsburgh, PA, United States
The University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work, successor to the Division of Social Work in the Department of Sociology, was founded in September 1918 and accepted its first class of MSW students that year.


The MSW Program has the unique advantage of being able to draw on the rich resources of its environment. Learn more about the City of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh, and the School of Social Work. This dynamic setting affords MSW students the opportunity to learn in a wide array of field education agencies and to access a variety of resources to enrich student life.

For more than 25 years, the School of Social Work has been a nationally recognized leader in preparing MSW students for professional practice with vulnerable children, youth, and families. The Child Welfare Education for Leadership (CWEL) project is a unique effort that provides MSW education and training to employees of public child welfare agencies.

The School of Social Work is also committed to developing professionals and supporting agencies to serve older adults through its Aging Initiatives & Programs.

The School of Social Work also offers the MSW Program at the University's Johnstown and Bradford campuses. The UPJ and UPB extensions offer working professionals in these regions the opportunity to pursue MSW education on a part-time basis. Further information is available about the MSW Program at Johnstown and the MSW Program at Bradford.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundation Social Work Research
  • Foundations Social Work Practice w/Diverse Pop
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Social Welfare
  • Generalist Foundations Social Work Practice
  • Foundation Fieldwork
  • Intro to Social Administration (Admin Specialization)
  • Community Organizing & Planning (CO Specialization)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • 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 transcript for all colleges/universities attended
  • 3 letters of recommendations 
  • Copy of resume
  • $40 application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13198 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13198 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

  • 1148 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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