Become a knowledgeable respiratory therapy leader

Accelerate your respiratory care career with a bachelor’s in respiratory therapy. Our degree completion program ensures you’re ready to deliver high-quality patient care for all and assume leadership positions in the field.

Forge your path to a career in nursing leadership

The healthcare field is evolving. Advanced practice nurses must possess the business knowledge needed to lead in organizational and academic settings. Carlow’s MSN – MBA program offers the well-rounded knowledge needed to advance in today’s healthcare field.

Impact healthcare education and leadership

Carlow University’s online master’s degree in nursing education and leadership is a convenient and swift path for working nurses to gain the educational and administrative skills necessary to advance their careers.

Expand your nursing knowledge online

Accelerate your nursing career through Carlow University’s RN to BSN online program. Prepare to deliver compassionate, high-quality care for all patients.

Gain the business expertise needed to accel your career

Obtain your MBA in just 40 weeks with Carlow’s intensive, accelerated online Executive MBA program. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for advanced management opportunities at your current company, as well as in-demand high-level positions at diverse organizations.

Find your social and behavioral sciences degrees at Carlow 

Carlow University offers a variety of social and behavioral science degree programs to prepare you for a career in social work or counseling. You will develop social work skills that can be translated into practice with individuals, families, organizations and communities, and learn the theories of human behavior related to how personality, environment and culture interact with one another to shape an individual.

Transform lives, transform your career: MSW in Direct Practice 

You will be transformed through a trauma-informed lens in this evidence-based, CSWE-accredited Master in Social Work program that includes interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration.

The Direct Practice concentration is grounded in the person-in-the-environment framework. The program is trauma-focused, where each person is accepted for who they are in their environment.

Direct practice specialization applies critical thinking and ethical principles in a clinical setting with individuals, small groups and families. 

Quick facts

  • CSWE-accredited program
  • Choose a specialization that’s right for you
  • Choose the schedule that’s right for you (on campus, online, part time, full time)
  • Learn from world-class faculty who are actively practicing and publishing in the discipline
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Credits required:

45-60 credits

Cost per credit:

$750/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 24 months

Delivery:

On campus, some online

MSW: Direct Practice curriculum

Social work student in class talking
Jeffrey Nash (Class of ’21, social work) speaks to the class during the “social work with groups” class led by Dr. Earl Smith, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)

You will learn a range of prevention and intervention methods and study how to assess a person through his or her past and present environments and build on resiliency and strengths. Our curriculum is designed to include interprofessional integrated behavioral health education (seminars, telehealth training, outreach programs) that emphasize service delivery to, and advocacy for, rural, vulnerable and underserved populations.

While in the program, you will have ample opportunity to participate in hands-on training — a key factor in your success in the social work field.

Bachelor’s in Social Work students from Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited programs will qualify for application for advanced standing, able to earn their MSW at Carlow by taking 45 credits.

Choose the specialization that best aligns with your social work career goals.

  • Focus on individuals, families or groups in a clinical setting: Direct Practice
  • Focus on human rights and justice in your community and organizational levels: Macro Practice

Alternate degree completion options

Advanced Standing track

If you already have a BSW from an CSWE-accredited program, our advanced standing track allows you to complete this degree in as few as 18 months.

Online Degree

Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.

Career opportunities for MSW: Direct Practice graduates

Graduates find employment in health and behavioral health care settings, hospitals, human services, family services, crisis services and substance treatment centers and clinical private practice.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of social workers to grow 12% between 2019 and 2029, resulting in 713,200 new jobs.

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Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

Be supported at Carlow

What stood out for MSW graduate Brandy Patterson ’20 was how supportive Carlow’s faculty and staff were, especially in the Social Work Program. “I always felt like I was able to reach out to whomever I needed at the time to get the help that I needed. If I were to give a yelp review for the Masters of Social Work program I would say it is very supportive and flexible which is great for adult students. You will never feel alone or lost in this program.”

Accreditation

Carlow University’s Master of Social Work program is proud to announce that it has received Initial Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation following the June 2020 program review. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet them. CSWE administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and program reviews.

Please note that Social Work programs cannot accept life experience or work experience for credit.

Resources

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

MSW faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit.

Advocate for social and economic justice with a MSW in Macro Practice 

You will earn to advocate for human rights and social and economic justice through the macro practice approach in the Master of Social Work program. You will acquire knowledge of best practices with large systems and frameworks for achieving change. 

The MSW macro program at Carlow University offers an evidence-based social work program that includes interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration, a crucial component in real world practice.  Our social work education is experiential, practice-oriented, trauma-focused and self-reflective. 

Bachelor’s in Social Work students from Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited programs will qualify for application for advanced standing, able to earn a MSW at Carlow by taking 45 credits.

Quick facts

  • CSWE-accredited program
  • Choose a specialization that’s right for you
  • Choose a schedule that works for you (on campus, online, part time, full time)
  • Learn from world-class faculty who are actively practicing and publishing in the discipline
A Carlow students smiles at the camera during class. She is surrounded by other classmates.
Credits required:

45-60 credits credits

Cost per credit:

$750/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 24 months

Delivery:

On campus & online

Social work macro practice curriculum

You will learn critical thinking, ethical principles and best practices in problem solving and leadership in large groups, communities and organizations. Our curriculum is designed to include interprofessional integrated behavioral health education (seminars, telehealth training, outreach programs) that emphasize service delivery to, and advocacy for, rural, vulnerable and underserved populations.

While in the program, you will have ample opportunity to participate in hands-on training — a key factor in your success in the social work field

Choose the specialization that best aligns with your social work career goals.

  • Focus on individuals, families or groups in a clinical setting: Direct Practice
  • Focus on human rights and justice in your community and organizational levels: Macro Practice

Alternate degree completion options

Advanced Standing track

If you already have a BSW from an CSWE-accredited program, our advanced standing track allows you to complete this degree in as few as 18 months.

Online Degree

Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.

Career opportunities for MSW Macro Practice graduates

Graduates find employment as community advocates, social work researchers, human service and nonprofit administrators and policy makers, in law schools, and in public service.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of social workers to grow 13% between 2019 and 2029, resulting in 713,200 new jobs.

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Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

Where dreams come true

MSW graduate Latrese Zak ’20 said Carlow helped one of her dreams come true. “If I could do it all over again, honestly I’d choose Carlow. I’ve never met such patient professors who challenged me; not every grade was an A. Attending such a place gave me hope. If I could obtain an education and learn to write papers, the sky is limitless and so are my opportunities for advancement with my Carlow education.” 

Accreditation

Carlow University’s Master of Social Work program is proud to announce that it has received Initial Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation following the June 2020 program review. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet them. CSWE administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and program reviews.

Please note that Social Work programs cannot accept life experience or work experience for credit.

Resources

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

MSW faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit.

Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology: Forensic Psychology concentration

The Forensic Psychology concentration of Carlow’s Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) program will help you learn to use the tools of psychology in a wide variety of criminal and civil legal applications. You’ll develop advanced research and clinical skills that can help in the job hunt as well as prepare you for future doctoral studies in psychology. 

A student gazes out of a window at sunset. The reflection show in the glass behind her.
In Grace Library, spanning the third and fourth floor of the University Commons, there are numerous quiet spaces and study rooms for individuals and groups to use.
Credits Required: 

36 credits

Cost per credit:

$957/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 4 semesters

Delivery: 

On campus & online

Master’s in Forensic Psychology curriculum

The Forensic Psychology degree curriculum focuses on developing research skills through the MAP core subjects and a three-course concentration. Courses include Foundations of Forensic Psychology, Systems of the Criminal Justice System and Psychology of Deviance. 

Quick facts

  • Build a foundation fit for doctoral studies
  • Earn your master’s in 4 semesters
  • Make a difference in the criminal justice system
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Alternate degree option

Accelerated

Fast track your way into this master’s program by taking graduate courses as a Carlow undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Online Degree

Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.

Career opportunities for Forensic Psychology degree

Forensic psychologists look at people, situations and clues to learn more about criminal motivation and behavior. Together with the core MAP Program curriculum, students within this concentration are prepared to work with civil and criminal courts, juvenile and adult probation, prevention and rehabilitation programs, and corrections.

A female student standing with her arms spread in a overgrown field.
Emily Golling, of Penn Hills, is at the forefront of preserving the green space at the former Churchill Country Club. Golling is an alum of Carlow University.

Make the change.

When a local golf course closed, Emily Golling took the lead in preserving the abandoned land as greenspace for others to enjoy. Her Carlow-instilled initiative took leadership by surprise. “I had no idea about her passion until we were conversing over a planned activity,” said Erin Boyles, assistant dean of students. “I should have known, though, because when she wants or feels something is needed, her passion is front row.”

Read Emily’s story

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or clinical/research supervisors that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work 

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Learn from professionals

What stuck out most for Rachel Seamans ’21 about Carlow’s Master’s of Psychology program was the engaged faculty. “They took an interest in us and made sure we succeeded as both students and people. We weren’t just numbers to them. And, we were learning from professionals who were still practicing, not years removed from working in the field.”

Rachel Seaman, a Carlow University student, testimonial headshot.
Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.
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Earn a certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Carlow’s drug and alcohol counseling certificate is a three-course sequence for new as well as veteran clinicians who want to enhance their knowledge and understanding of addictions. You’ll build the foundation for competency in drug and alcohol counseling through three online courses. You’ll earn required licensure Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or you can apply the credits to a graduate program.

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In Grace Library, spanning the third and fourth floor of the University Commons, there are numerous quiet spaces and study rooms for individuals and groups to use.
Credits required: 

12 credits

Cost per credit: 

$929/credit

Time to completion:

As few as 3 semesters

Delivery:

100% online

Curriculum for drug and alcohol counseling certificate

The three certificate courses are Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling Theories and Interventions, and Co-occurring Disorders: Counseling Clients with Substance Abuse and Psychiatric Disorders.

Quick facts

  • Learn at your own pace
  • Apply earned credits toward a master’s or doctoral degree
  • Gain required CEUs for licensure
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Career opportunities for Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Employment of substance abuse and mental health counselors is projected to grow 25% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Counseling faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate certificate program, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps.

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