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




MSW Program Student Handbook

This handbook is intended to provide students with a comprehensive guide to policies and procedures specific to the MSW Program and to the University.

Students are expected to be aware of and understand all of these policies and procedures, and should contact their advisor if they have any questions.

  1. Admissions
    1. Overview
    2. Requirements
    3. International Students
    4. Transfer Students
    5. Due Dates
    6. Notification of Admission
    7. After Acceptance
  2. Curriculum
    1. Overview
      1. Program Mission Statement
      2. Program Goals
      3. Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
      4. Foundation Social Work Practice
      5. Advanced Social Work Practice
    2. Programs of Study & Course Requirements
      1. Course Descriptions
      2. Capstone Research Project
      3. Electives
      4. Interdisciplinary Offerings
    3. Standards for Professional Behavior
    4. Advising
    5. Grading
      1. Plagiarism
      2. Termination from the Program
  3. Field Education
    1. Overview
      1. Field Practicum
      2. Practice Behaviors
    2. Selection Criteria
      1. Field Placement Sites
      2. Field Instructors
    3. Field Placement Process
      1. Procedure for Matching Students and Field Sites
      2. Employment-Based Field Placement
      3. Extended Field Hours
    4. Roles and Responsibilities
      1. Graduate Social Work Department
      2. Field Site
      3. Director of Field Education
      4. Faculty Field Liaison
      5. Field Instructor
      6. Student
    5. Documents
    6. Policies and Procedures
      1. Child Abuse Registry, Criminal Background, Liability Insurance
      2. Hours
      3. Attendance
      4. Research
    7. Performance and Evaluation
      1. Performance Evaluation
      2. Readiness for Field Practicum
      3. Dismissal from Field Practicum
      4. Termination from the Program for Violations in Field Practicum
      5. Addressing Problem Situations