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2020-2021 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
2020-2021 School of Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Social Work


To provide high quality professional education for students in integrated health and behavioral health practice in the public, publicly-funded and non-profit services, in keeping with the profession’s knowledge base, skills, values and ethics.

MSW Program mission statement: The MSW program fosters transformative learning experiences producing graduates who are leaders and practitioners for social change and social justice.  Our highly skilled graduates practice from a multi-theoretical perspective in our diverse and global society.


A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university for the General Program. A BSW from a CSWE accredited undergraduate school for the Advanced Standing Program.

Integrated Health and Behavioral Health Specialization

The Salem State University MSW Program defines integrated health and behavioral health practice as:

  • Integrated practice perspective for micro, mezzo, and macro systems
  • The integration of practice, policy, research, and field education
  • An integrated understanding of physical, mental, and behavioral health

The MSW Program has adopted the definition of behavioral health delineated by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Total Credits 62

Total Credits 68

Total Credits 44

Advanced Standing Plan – Extended Time

Total Credits 44