Social Work

University of Pittsburgh

Master On Campus
24 months
32948 USD/year
32948 USD/year
23530 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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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. 


We take pride in our history, while developing professional practice to meet future challenges. The MSW Program offers social work education for the 21st century, and is ranked #17 by US News & World Report in their 2019 rankings of graduate schools of social work. 

At the time of admission, students are required to designate a skill specialization. Students can choose to specialize in either Direct Practice with Individuals, Families, and Small Groups (Direct Practice) or Community, Organization, and Social Action (COSA).

The curriculum of the Social Work program at the University of Pittsburgh is designed to provide all master's students with the values, knowledge, and skills needed to gain competence in applying the social work perspective to practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Generalist Social Work Research 
  • Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Social Welfare 
  • Generalist Social Work Practice
  • Generalist Field Education 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum average of a B (3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale) in all undergraduate work. 
  • Successful completion of 3-credit coursework in statistics or quantitative analysis (If a student does not have a course in Statistics, this requirement must be completed before enrollment)
  • A minimum of 60 undergraduate (or undergraduate plus graduate) divided into 30 credits in the liberal arts and 30 credits in the social sciences is recommended, not required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32948 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32948 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    32948 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32948 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    23530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23530 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Social Work
University of Pittsburgh


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