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




WCU Advantage

 

Quality

Our nationally ranked Master of Social Work program offers students the unique opportunity to receive a quality education at an exceptionally affordable rate. Within a public university renowned for its commitment to student-centered education, the MSW Program at West Chester University combines personal attention with accessibility to interdisciplinary resources.

Students are immersed in the study and practice of cutting-edge social work practice areas including social work with veterans and military families, older adults, substance use disorders, child welfare, traumatic brain injury, and community practice. Students work alongside a nationally recognized faculty whose members have been the proud recipients of awards including:

  • A Social Work Pioneer Award, National Association of Social Workers
  • A Lifetime Achievement Award, NASW-Pennsylvania Chapter
  • An Education Innovative Teaching in Social Work Education Award, SAGE Publications/Council on Social Work Education

Flexibility

The MSW Program is designed to meet the needs of today’s student, who is often working and caregiving while attending graduate school. All required MSW courses are offered both during the day and evening so that full-time students can complete the degree in two academic years. For students working full-time as well as attending school, there are some opportunities for employment-based field placements as well as extended field placements, working at the field site over breaks and/or into the summer, with a reduced requirement for weekly hours. Students also have the flexibility to take courses part-time basis and complete the degree in three or four years.

Additionally, the MSW Program also offers a 12-month Advanced Standing option to qualified applicants who have graduated within the last five years with a bachelor's degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students may also complete the Advanced Standing program on a part-time, two-year basis.

Affordability

As a public, regional, comprehensive institution founded in 1871, West Chester University demonstrates a long-standing commitment to public education. WCU is member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, whose purpose is “to provide high quality education at the lowest possible cost to students.” West Chester University is one of three Pennsylvania schools ranked in the top 100 “Best buys” among 500 public four year colleges and universities around the country. This is the sixth year that West Chester has been included in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2012-13. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.

The MSW Program at West Chester University offers the highest quality education for the best value in the greater Philadelphia region. Click here to compare WCU's tuition to that of other local MSW programs.

Personal Attention

Students in the MSW Program enjoy intentionally small classes taught by experienced faculty. The individual attention students receive serves to provide intensive and comprehensive training in social work practice and research, as well as professional mentoring and guidance. A number of professors have involved students in research projects and presented with students at local, regional, state, national and international professional conferences. One professor has mentored students to develop and edit a peer-reviewed journal that has received national recognition. A number of professors have also involved students in social action projects such as working on rebuilding in communities devastated by disaster.

Commitment to Social Justice

The driving force behind West Chester’s MSW program stems from a strong commitment to our social work roots: community action, social justice and the enhanced well-being of vulnerable populations through meaningful and lasting social change. The program’s integrative approach to issues of social justice is reflected in our One Book, One Program initiative in which all students, faculty and staff read one book over the summer months and discuss it throughout the academic year. Additionally, our students are routinely engaged in community action, social change and advocacy including the organization of a “sleep out” in honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, rebuilding efforts in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, and the creation of a local human trafficking training for service providers in Chester County.

Post-Graduate Employment

Brianna Carlson

 

Brianna Carlson, MSW '11, Addictions Counselor, Malvern Institute

I graduated in May 2011 and took some time off to be with my family. I started looking for a job at the end of the summer and got a job as a clinical therapist working in inpatient drug and alcohol recovery at the Malvern Institute. With the clinical supervision I get here, I am planning on getting my clinical license, the LCSW.


Allison Murray

 

Allison Murray, MSW '11, Access Center Coordinator, Child Guidance Resource Centers

I graduated in May 2011. I immediately began working as an outpatient therapist at Child Guidance Resource Centers where I completed my second year field practicum. In September I was offered a full-time position as the Access Center Coordinator. My primary responsibility is to educate families on the mental health services CGRC offers, assess the appropriate referral type, and to help them get started in services.


Jocelyn Spencer

 

Jocelyn Spencer Sagrati, MSW '11, Trauma Therapist, Survivors of Abuse in Recovery, Inc.

Upon graduation, I joined the team of trauma therapists at Survivors of Abuse in Recovery, Inc. in Wilmington, Del. I currently provide individual and group counseling to survivors of sexual abuse and recently earned my trauma-sensitive yoga teacher certification. This winter I participated in a trauma-informed probation initiative intended to divert women with a history of sexual trauma and prostitution from life on the streets.


Danielle Di Natale

 

Danielle Di Natale, MSW '09, School Social Worker, Berks County School District

I graduated in May 2009 and began working as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant/Mobile Therapist while I got my Home and School Visitor's certification. After that, I worked as a Clinical Therapist in a facility for adjudicated males. In 2011, I got my dream job as a School Social Worker in Berks County, where I provide ongoing support to special education students through individual and group work. Returning back to school and earning my MSW has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made!


Theresa Gill

 

Theresa Gill, MSW '09, Associate Director of Community Outreach, Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, Saint Joseph's University

In May 2009 I began working for Catapult Learning doing individual, group, and family counseling as well as consultation for outside resources. In July 2011, I began working at the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph's University. For my first project, I coordinated a volunteer program for high school students to participate in our Social Skills program as neurotypical models of age-appropriate, social behaviors for learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Teresa Ryan

 

Teresa Ryan, MSW '09, Social Worker, Veterans Association of Philadelphia

Teresa graduated in 2009 with experience in the School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia VA for her field placements. Following graduation, Teresa was selected for the prestigious Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery fellowship program through the Department of Veterans Affairs whose mission is to “develop future mental health leaders with vision, knowledge, and commitment to transform mental health care systems in the 21st century.” Combined with her MSW training at West Chester University, this fellowship appointment allowed Teresa to pursue her passion of working with veterans. Today she is working at the Philadelphia VA as a social worker in the HUD/VASH (Housing Urban Development/Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing) program assisting with housing for homeless veterans.