650 Reynolds Alley
West Chester, PA 19383
701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The West Chester University MSW Program is a leader in social work, offering the highest quality education for the best value in the greater Philadelphia area. With small class sizes, students receive individual attention from experienced faculty members whose passions for social justice, human rights, and issues of diversity are nationally recognized.
Students receiving their MSWs from West Chester are trained in direct practice with individuals and families, with a keen understanding of the impact of trauma and social determinants of health. The MSW Program is designed to provide students with a highly versatile set of advanced skills to pursue a wide range of career opportunities to meet the 21st century's growing demands for social work services. The MSW curriculum immerses students in the study and application of evidence-based practices grounded in the concepts of Recovery, Resiliency and Capacity Building.
"I am thrilled that the MSW Program at West Chester University is embracing recovery and resilience as basic tenets throughout the program. This effort positions the department on the leading edge of the field and will greatly enhance the skills of graduates in the emerging healthcare environment."
-Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD., Commissioner, City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services
"West Chester's program is different because it really takes a strong interest in us out in the field. The faculty support us the best they can, and I think the curriculum is helpful in helping students get their first jobs in social work."
-Ronald L. Ferraro, LCSW, QSCW, BCD, Associate Director of Quality Management, COMHAR Inc.
Students typically receive admissions decisions within eight weeks of submitting a completed application. This includes receipt of all transcripts and recommendations.
Absolutely. Career changers often find that social work is exactly what they have been looking for in a professional experience.
As a career changer you have three admissions options:
Because we review each application on an individual basis, we cannot tell you which of these options would be best. If you have questions, feel free to contact MSW Recruiter Kyle Murray.
Many of our students work in addition to attending graduate school. We recommend that full-time students, along with part-time students in their second and third years, limit work to 20 hours per week to allow sufficient time for field work and course assignments.
Yes. Students graduating from the MSW Program feel that the coursework prepared them well for the licensing exam. We also offer exam preparation seminars during the semester before graduation.
The ASWB website has study tools to help prepare you for the exam.
The National Association of Social Workers offers one-day exam preparation courses. You can find days and locations for these courses at the website for the National Association of Social Workers - Pennsylvania chapter.
Other companies offer in-person and online exam preparation courses. The MSW Program at WCU does not vouch for the quality of these programs.