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Georgian Court University Launches New Master of Social Work (MSW) Program

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Georgian Court University (GCU) has officially launched a new Master of Social Work (MSW) Program. The first class of part-time students will start this fall.

As a professional degree, GCU’s Master of Social Work Program prepares students for advanced practice. They will offer two specializations: Direct Practice, also referred to as Clinical Practice, and Community Partnership.

The Clinical Practice specialization focuses on developing skills and knowledge needed to work effectively with individuals, families, and small groups in therapeutic settings. The Community Partnership specialization prepares students for careers in government agencies and nonprofits in policy, administration, management, and leadership.

“Demand for social workers is projected to remain strong through 2031, mostly due to an aging population and the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath,” said Megan Callahan Sherman, Ph.D., LCSW, Assistant Professor and MSW Program Director at the Hackensack Meridian Health School of Nursing and Wellness at GCU. “There are over 700,000 social workers in the United States, making them one of the largest groups of providers of mental health services in the U.S. today. As the need for social workers continues to grow, GCU will help fulfill this need by training professionals to work with the communities that need them most.”

Graduates of GCU’s Master of Social Work program will be eligible to take the Licensed Social Work (LSW) examination, given by the New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners.

“There are so many reasons I love GCU, but what I love most is how closely the Mercy core values—respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service—align with the convictions of social work practice,” said Dr. Sherman. “Mercy lives in social work.”

GCU has initiated the candidacy process with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting organization for degrees in social work. Within three years, the university expects to receive full accreditation, which would be retroactive for all students who graduate prior to the final accreditation.

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Georgian Court University is a leading regional university that provides a transformative education, preparing students for ethical leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition. Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. The university has a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women.

As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 1,900 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 16 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings.

The main campus is in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students through its Center for Professional Studies, and at other locations, including GCU at Brookdale, and through multiple online degree and certificate programs.