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Misericordia and Marywood universities collaborate to prepare more master's degree social workers
Posted 06/02/2017 10:31AM

Two regional universities with a long history of preparing proficiently sound, empathetic case workers in the field of social work are collaborating to offer students a seamless transition from an undergraduate to a graduate degree program.

The Departments of Social Work at Misericordia and Marywood universities signed an articulation agreement that enables Bachelor of Science-degree recipients from the Misericordia University social work program to earn advance standing and transfer into the Master of Social Work degree program at Marywood University. Students who meet academic requirements and earn advanced standing can complete their master's degree at Marywood University in as little as one year by attending classes full time.

The articulation agreement enables Misericordia University graduates in good academic standing to transfer up to 21 credits to the Marywood University graduate program. By transferring up to 21 credits to Marywood, bachelor-degree holders from Misericordia need to earn an additional 39 credits to receive their Master of Social Work degree.

Advanced standing in Master of Social Work programs is reserved for graduates who have earned their Bachelor of Social Work degrees from academic programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Misericordia has been preparing social workers for rewarding careers since 1939. The program received accreditation from CSWE in 1975. Marywood's graduate program has been accredited by CSWE since 1969.

"Misericordia University is pleased to partner with Marywood University to offer a program that is beneficial to our students and the communities we serve,'' said Susan McDonald, Ph.D., L.S.W., associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Work at Misericordia University. "This partnership seems natural as our universities share similar missions, values and vision in helping those most in need in our society.''

"The Marywood School of Social Work is excited to collaborate with the Misericordia Department of Social Work to prepare students for culturally responsive, ethical, inter-professional, autonomous social practice with individuals, families, and communities,'' said Stephen C. Burke, Ph.D., director of the School of Social Work and director of the master's degree program at Marywood University.

Misericordia graduates who enroll full time in the master's degree program at Marywood University begin classes in late May and graduate in the spring the following year. Part-time students start classes in July and can complete the program in as little as two years. Full-time students who begin the program in the fourth week of May have internships in the fall and spring semesters. Field placements for part-time students occur in the fall and spring semesters of their second year of study.

The Marywood University School of Social Work offers students opportunities to embark on rewarding careers in behavioral health, gerontology, children and families, administration and health care. Preparation for professional careers are made possible through a combination of classroom-based learning and 480 hours of field education in a range of community agencies. Extended international field education opportunities are also available to Department of Social Work graduates.

Misericordia University graduates also are able to select areas of specialization in the Master of Social Work program at Marywood University in administration, behavioral health, and child and family practice.

A Master of Social Work degree also offers social workers more career opportunities, as it provides for more career mobility and earning potential. National salary ranges for bachelor-degree employees is $28,497-$58,158, as compared to $33,847-$62,014, according to PayScale.com.

Overall, employment for social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014-2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand is being driven by an increased demand for health care and social services, but will vary by social worker specialty, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.

For more information about the social work program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/socialwork.

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The Departments of Social Work at Misericordia and Marywood universities signed an articulation agreement that enables Bachelor of Science-degree recipients from the Misericordia University social work program to earn advance standing and transfer into the Master of Social Work degree program at Marywood University. Students who meet academic requirements and earn advanced standing can complete their master's degree at Marywood University in as little as one year by attending classes full time. Participating in the signing of the articulation agreement at Misericordia University, from left, are Leamor Kahanov, Ed.D., A.T.C., L.A.T., dean of the College of Health Sciences and Education at Misericordia University; Stephen C. Burke, Ph.D., director of the School of Social Work and director of the master's degree program at Marywood University; Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president, Misericordia University, and Susan McDonald, Ph.D., L.S.W., associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Work at Misericordia University.

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