MSW: Master of Social Work

West Chester University

West Chester Campus

Reynolds Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2664

PASSHE Center City

701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 267-386-3015

Program Overview


Program Mission Statement

The Graduate Social Work Department provides a quality, affordable and accessible Master of Social Work degree in preparation for a career in an evolving, complex, technological, and global society. It prepares graduates who can think critically, communicate effectively, embrace diversity, practice ethically, respond to the needs of vulnerable and oppressed populations, are committed to social justice, and are competent to practice with individuals and families.

Program Goals

The goals of the West Chester University MSW Program are to:

  • Provide a quality Master of Social Work program in accord with the standards of the Council on Social Work Education and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
  • Prepare graduates to practice competently and ethically with individuals and families.
  • Prepare graduates to think critically, communicate effectively, and engage research in the practice of social work.
  • Prepare graduates to practice social work with a commitment to social justice.

Program Concentration

The MSW Program concentration is Direct Practice with Individuals and Families.  Direct Practice with Individuals and Families is an approach to social work grounded in human rights and social justice.  Graduates of the West Chester University MSW program are trained to work with individuals and families using strengths-based, research-informed and community-oriented assessment, intervention and evaluation skills to enhance resiliency, support recovery and mitigate the effects of trauma to build capacity.

Students graduate with training in the most cutting-edge best practices in social work practice, including: