Marywood University and East Stroudsburg University recently signed an agreement that will allow Marywood to offer its Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree on East Stroudsburg’s campus. Beginning fall 2013, M.S.W. students in Stroudsburg and the surrounding areas can earn their Marywood MSW degree off-campus—a move that professor Lloyd Lyter, Ph.D., director of the program, calls “significant.”
The Marywood-East Stroudsburg University social work collaboration comes at a good time. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has anticipated a nearly ten percent growth in the need for social workers over the next decade in the state. According to Dr. Lyter, this collaboration will help meet that need, providing Marywood students with education and training that will give them a competitive edge in the job market.
Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D., president of Marywood University, spoke to a joint crowd of Marywood University and East Stroudsburg University students, faculty and staff at the agreement signing on East Stroudsburg University’s campus on June 14.
“There is a growing demand for social workers with graduate degrees, particularly in this region,” Sr. Anne said. “It is only fitting, then, that we expand our educational outreach by offering a graduate social work program to students in the Poconos, at a location nearer to where the social work professionals of this area live, work, and make a difference each day.”
Marywood’s School of Social Work and Administrative Studies began in 1969. Since that time more than 4,000 students have graduated from the university with a social work degree.
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