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



The West Chester University (WCU) Master of Social Work (MSW) Program welcomed its first class in the fall of 1997 and has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 2001. The program has one area of concentration: direct practice with individuals and families.

The faculty members who were instrumental in developing the program in the 1990s were deliberate in their focus on preparing professional social workers to practice with individuals, families, and communities. This represents a return to the profession's proud roots -- understanding the importance of assessing the communities or contexts within which individuals and families reside or are affiliated with for the resources that are or are not available. Social work pioneers Jane Addams, Dorothy Height, Bertha Reynolds, Mary Richmond, and Whitney Young, Jr., all recognized that understanding people in their social environments and assessing and intervening on both the micro and macro system levels was crucial to affecting meaningful social change and advocating for social justice.


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 Graduate Social Work Department 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.