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Social Work
Master of Social Work

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021-2022 academic year.


The Master of Social Work (MSW) prepares social work practitioners for advanced, direct practice with individuals, families, and groups. It is designed to help you achieve your maximum potential with a dynamic curriculum of foundation and advanced courses. Offered by Salisbury University and administered by UMGC Europe, the Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The goal of this comprehensive program is to provide you with the knowledge, skill-sets, and values necessary to propel you into the private or public sectors of social work. Through a combination of hands-on practice in the community and theoretical study in the classroom, you will gain the knowledge required for social work supervision and administration.

If you are interested in a bachelor's degree, you can major in social work and earn a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) through the UMGC Europe partnership program.

Please note: This program is only available to students located in Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. For assistance or further details, please contact socialwork-europe@umgc.edu or CIV +49-(0)631-5600-1737.

The degree program requires 62 credit hours, with 48 credits of classroom work and 14 credits of supervised field practicum. The regular program length for full time students is generally 10 sessions. Recent graduates of an accredited bachelor's social work program may be eligible to apply to our advanced standing program, which requires 32 credits and typically takes five sessions.

Program Highlights
  • Operate as an ethical, competent social work practitioner
  • Engage in beginning level supervision in a variety of settings
  • Utilize abilities in a plethora of different human service programs
  • Participate in active community engagement in the pursuit of social and economic justice
Required Courses

Generalist Practice


  • (3 Credits, SOWK 607)

  • (3 Credits, SOWK 610)

  • (3 Credits, SOWK 616)

  • (3 Credits, SOWK 617)

  • (3 Credits, SOWK 620)

  • (3 Credits, SOWK 622)

  • (3 Credits, SOWK 623)

  • (3 Credits, SOWK 630)

  • (3 Credits, SOWK 640)

  • (3 Credits, SOWK 645)

Specialized Practice


  • (3 Credits, SOWK 602)

  • (3 Credits, SOWK 650)

  • (3 Credits, SOWK 654)

  • (3 Credits, SOWK 655)

  • (3 Credits, SOWK 660)

  • (3 Credits, SOWK 663)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 665)

  • (3 Credits, SOWK 680)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 685)

Elective Courses

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in a variety of human service programs and agencies in an advanced clinical and/or supervisory capacity.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

No previous experience is needed.

Total Program Credits
62
Transfer Credits
Up to 6
Format
  • All courses are available online
  • Select on-site and hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $336 per credit hour (Europe)

See our Tuition Rates page for details.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the MSW program must demonstrate that they:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Have completed a broad liberal arts background with a minimum of 24 credit hours, including at least one course in sociology, psychology, and statistics. These undergraduate requirements may be taken at any accredited college or university, including community colleges. All prerequisites for admission must be completed prior to admission, except statistics, which must be completed by the end of the first semester in the program. All offers of admission are conditional upon the successful completion of the undergraduate coursework.
  3. Have earned a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average on the last 120 graded credits that appear on their bachelor's degree transcript, as well as a 3.0 grade point average on the last 60 graded upper-division credits.
  4. Have submitted transcripts of any completed graduate courses.
  5. Submit three professional letters of recommendation, usually from persons such as professors, employers, supervisors, professional colleagues, and community associates. Applicants who have been employed in a social service agency should request a recommendation from a recent employer or supervisor. You should provide a recommendation from a faculty advisor or instructor.

To be admitted to the MSW program, you must also complete the additional admission requirements.

Advanced Standing

If you have completed a bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited undergraduate social work program, you may be eligible for the MSW advanced standing program. Advanced standing is a 32 credit program, rather than 62 credit program.

Applicants for advanced standing must meet additional requirements, including having graduated from an undergraduate social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education within the last three years. However, applicants with two years of human service work who graduated within the last five years with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree will be considered. Applicants for advanced standing must have earned a minimum 3.0 grade point average on the last 120 credits that appear on their bachelor's degree transcript, as well as a 3.2 on the last 60 graded upper-division credits (including all social work courses). Students without an accredited undergraduate degree in social work are admitted to the regular 62 credit program that may be completed in 10 sessions.

When applying for advanced standing, you must submit the following material in addition to the usual application requirements:

  1. Transcripts documenting eligibility for advanced standing.
  2. Recommendation from the field liaison and field instructor.
  3. A detailed evaluation of your field instruction experience and performance by the agency supervisor or an evaluation of your employment performance. You may submit evaluations of field performance conducted at the end of each undergraduate term.

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission to the MSW program may be granted if you have a GPA of 2.5 to 2.99 (2.8 to 2.99 for advanced standing applicants) on the last 120 graded credits that appear on your bachelor's degree transcript and have an otherwise strong application. Provisionally admitted applicants must complete one semester of graduate courses (at least two courses) with a GPA of 3.0.

Transfer Applicants

Under certain circumstances, you may receive a maximum of 29 credits for work completed not more than five years prior to first registration from a CSWE-accredited graduate school of social work and for which a grade of at least a B was received. No course, including any transfer course, may be counted toward a degree if it was completed more than seven full calendar years prior to the date of graduation.

You must complete a minimum of 32 credits in the Salisbury University Department of Social Work to be eligible for the MSW.

If you are currently or were previously enrolled in another accredited master's level social work degree program and are seeking admission as a transfer student, you are required to submit the following additional materials:

  1. A brief written statement describing the reasons why you are requesting a transfer.
  2. A copy of practicum/field work evaluations, if applicable.
  3. One of the three letters of recommendation must be from a faculty member or field supervisor affiliated with the program.

Students from non-MSW programs may receive a maximum of six transfer credits for courses in which he/she has earned a grade of B or above. Each course will be individually assessed for program equivalency. Credits used as part of a previous master's degree will not transfer. Official determination of allowable credit for work completed elsewhere will be made at the time of admission.

If you are registered in the program and want to take a course at another university and transfer credit toward the Salisbury University Department of Social Work MSW (i.e., a summer course), you must receive approval from the chair of the Department of Social Work.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program is only available to students located in Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. For assistance or further details, please contact socialwork-europe@umgc.edu or CIV +49-(0)631-5600-1737.

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Social Work
Bachelor of Arts

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021-2022 academic year.


The major in social work allows students to prepare for a profession making a difference in the lives of people and their communities. Offered by Salisbury University (SU) and administered by UMGC Europe, the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) helps prepare you for entry-level generalist social work practice and advanced graduate education. The BASW is a professional degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, which is essential for your licensure after graduation.

In a combination of hands-on practice in the community and theoretical study in the classroom, you will learn how to work with individuals, families, and groups. The goal of this comprehensive program is to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for private and public sector entry-level social work practice.

After earning a BASW, you can advance your studies and earn a Master of Social Work (MSW).

Program Highlights
  • Boast a solid foundation for entry into professional social work practice.
  • Utilize the appropriate knowledge, values, and skills for intervention with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Maintain your professional identity consistent with social work values and ethics.
  • Apply valuable hands-on experience with various client populations, including diverse racial and ethnic groups, and at-risk populations.
  • Evolve a practice style consistent with your personal strengths and capabilities.
  • Work within a human service agency or organization.
Required Courses

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 200)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 300)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 302)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 306)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 309)

  • (2 Credits, SOWK 310)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 320)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 330)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 400)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 410)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 416)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 417)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 420)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 421)
Career Preparation
Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

No previous experience is needed.

Total Program Credits
120
Transfer Credits
Up to 90
Format
  • All courses are available online
  • Select on-site and hybrid courses available
  • Residency restrictions apply
Tuition Per Credit
  • $250 per credit hour
    (Europe & Downrange)

See our Tuition Rates page for details.

Admission Requirements

Step 1: Apply for Admission

  • New Students: To apply for the BASW program, submit your application for admission online through UMGC Europe. Select Salisbury Undergraduate and no minor for level of study.
  • Current UMGC students: Contact the local academic advisor to update your degree program.

Step 2: Complete Pre-admission Requirements

Prior to being fully admitted into the BASW program, you must complete the pre-admission requirements. Completion of all pre-admission requirements does not guarantee your acceptance into the program. To meet pre-admission requirements, you must successfully complete the following courses:


  • (3 Credits, PSYC 100)

  • (3 Credits, STAT 200)

  • (3 Credits, SOCY 100)
    or
    (3 Credits, ANTH 102)
    or
    (3 Credits, GVPT 170)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 200)

  • (4 Credits, SOWK 300)

  • (2 Credits, SOWK 310)

Register online through MyUMGC

Step 3: Contact Your Academic Advisor

Once you have completed the pre-admission requirements and have achieved junior standing with at least 45 completed credit hours, you may apply to the BASW program. It is advised that you speak with an academic advisor to ensure that you have completed all of the requirements before applying for full admission to the BASW program.

Step 4: Apply for Admission to the BASW Program

Each applicant for the BASW program must submit a Salisbury University application and written personal statement.

General Admission Requirements:

  • Achieve junior standing with at least 45 completed credits (preferably closer to 60)
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.7 in social work courses

For more information on how to apply to the BASW program once you have completed the pre-admission visit SU Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program.

Salisbury University Policies

  • You are expected to demonstrate professional behavior while completing the BASW and to become a professional social worker
  • You may not repeat any social work class more than once without permission
  • You must earn a grade of C or better in all core courses
  • The required courses may not equal 120 credit hours; therefore, you must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation
  • You must have a minimum of 30 credits of upper level (300-499) courses

About our Partner Institution Salisbury University

Salisbury University, a member of the University System of Maryland, is an accredited university of national distinction. Home to more than 8,700 students from across the U.S. and around the world, Salisbury University has a reputation for excellence in public higher education. SU continuously ranks among the nation's top colleges and values according to The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, Money, Forbes, and others.

Located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, this four-year university has 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. SU prides itself on being an institution where individual talents are celebrated while big ideas are encouraged and nurtured.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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Psychology
Bachelor of Science

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021-2022 academic year.


A popular choice for retiring veterans and career changers, UMGC's bachelor's degree program in psychology will help prepare you for graduate study or a multitude of careers in the field. While acquiring a knowledge base of theory, research, and practice in psychological sciences, you'll hone your quantitative skills, analytical and scientific reasoning, and ability to analyze human behavior.

This program is also available as a minor.

Program Highlights
  • Apply major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology to prepare for graduate study or relevant careers
  • Apply basic knowledge of research methodology, statistics, measurement, guidelines, ethical standards, laws, and regulations to design, participate in, and evaluate research in a variety of contexts
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior to inform personal growth, communicate effectively, solve problems, make decisions, and interact with individuals, communities, and organizations
  • Use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, technology, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to current and emerging trends in psychology
  • Value diversity and different perspectives, tolerate ambiguity, and act ethically to communicate appropriately with various populations
Required Courses

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 100)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 300)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 301)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 310)
    or any upper-level PSYC course

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 321)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 335)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 341)
    or any upper-level PSYC course

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 351)
    or any upper-level PSYC course

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 353)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 436)

  • (3 Credits, PSYC 495)

Related Required Courses

Note: The following related required courses for the major are listed under general education courses and may be applied to general education or elective requirements.


  • (3 Credits, STAT 200)

Electives

The bachelor's degree in psychology requires 46 credits in minor and/or elective coursework.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for graduate study, research, or direct services work at a mental health or medical facility. It can also provide useful skills for work in related fields, such as human resources, advertising, customer relations, or program management.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

No previous experience is needed.

Total Program Credits
120
Transfer Credits
Up to 90
Format
  • All courses are available online
  • Select on-site and hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $250 per credit hour
    (Europe & Downrange)

See our Tuition Rates page for details.

Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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