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Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research
300 Airdale Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-1697
Phone: 610-520-2600
Fax: 610-520-2655

Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research


Bryn Mawr GSSWSR offers both full-time and part-time plans of study to meet the individual’s life circumstances. The admissions requirements and procedures are the same for full-time and part-time students. Students begin their course of study in the fall semester. It is possible to complete the MSS degree through taking courses scheduled in the afternoon and evening during the fall and spring semesters and the summer sessions. In addition, some selected foundation courses and an elective are offered on Saturdays in the fall and spring semesters. Course units for the MSS degree must total 18 including 4 units of field education.


The full-time plan of study generally allows students to complete the program in two years. The full-time plan requires that five courses per semester, including field education, be taken in the first year and that four courses per semester, including field education, be taken in the second year.

Students enrolled in the program on a part-time basis usually complete their courses over a three-year period. Foundation courses are taken during the first year of part-time study, and the practice courses, field education, and electives are taken during the second and third years. Practice seminars and concurrent field education must be taken in consecutive years. Students may not take fewer than two courses per semester.

While students are not required to enroll in courses during the summer sessions, many take advantage of this opportunity to spread out their course load.


In the fall and spring semesters, classes meet once a week over a 14-week period. Classes are offered beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Saturday classes begin at 9 a.m. and end at 2:20 p.m. Each practice class session is two hours and 50 minutes, and all other classes run two hours and 20 minutes. During the five-week summer sessions, classes meet twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Some courses require time in the computer lab. Students should plan to be at the School at least two days per week.