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Earn your MSW on the PSU Campus!

The Pittsburg State University Social Work Program and the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare offer two ways for students to earn their MSW through courses taken on the PSU campus.

This program has a clinical focus, preparing social workers for clinical social work practice. Master’s level social workers practice in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, mental health centers, hospitals, schools, hospice, addiction treatment, and Veterans Affairs.


Do you already have a BSW (or are you close to completing your BSW)? 

If so, you may qualify for the Advanced Standing program which is offered by KU on the PSU campus.  Classes are held on campus every other Saturday with the alternate Saturdays delivered in a distance-learning format.


Do you have a degree in something other than social work?

If so, the two-year Traditional MSW program is right for you. The first two semesters are offered through PSU’s Social Work program. These classes lead to a Graduate Social Work Foundation Certificate. Upon completion of this certificate, students advance to the second year of the program, which is offered by KU’s School of Social Welfare on the PSU campus. These are the same classes that the Advanced Standing students take. 

Students apply to KU’s traditional MSW program, and upon acceptance, enroll as a PSU student taking the Graduate Social Work Foundation classes at PSU. These classes take place on the PSU campus on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. 

Both the Advanced Standing and the Traditional MSW programs include a social work practicum as part of the curriculum. 


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Solving the Real-World Issues of Today and Tomorrow 

Pittsburg State University’s School of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences consists of those specialties that have emerged as so desirable in the 21st century labor force. Students use the tools from GeographyHistoryPhilosophyPolitical ScienceCriminal JusticeSociology and Social Work programs and coursework to examine issues and to find sustainable solutions to complex problems affecting individuals, families, and society. 

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