650 Reynolds Alley
West Chester, PA 19383
701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Thank you for your interest in the MSW Program at West Chester University. Admission to the program is based on meeting the academic qualifications required of all graduate students at WCU, plus an evaluation of your potential for the profession of social work.
The MSW Program has priority application deadlines. All incoming students start in the fall, except for Advanced Standing students, who begin classes in late May. We will process applications in the order they are received. Students who apply early can be admitted early.
WCU uses an online application system that will ask you to upload all components of your application, except for transcripts. Official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies and Extended Education.
The address for the Office of Graduate Studies and Extended Education is:
The non-refundable application fee is $50.
If you have any questions about WCU or the application process, we're here to help. Do not hesitate to get in touch with MSW Recruiter Kyle Murray.
West Chester University's Graduate Social Work Department attracts individuals who embrace diversity and are commited to human rights and social and economic justice. Graduates are prepared to respond to the needs of vulnerable and oppressed populations, and to competently and ethically practice social work with individuals, families, and communities.
Applicants who are admitted to the program prior to completing a bachelor’s degree are required to submit final, official copies of all transcripts prior to matriculation. Transcripts must provide confirmation of degree conferred.
Students seeking to transfer to the MSW Program are required to meet the criteria for admission and follow the application procedures. Students applying to transfer from another CSWE-accredited social work program are also required to have one of the academic references be from the program director in the program from which the applicant is transferring, and must address the academic standing in that program. A minimum grade of B is required for transfer credit. Transfer credits are subject to review and approval by the MSW Program director.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with the following priority deadlines:
We will continue to process applications after these priority deadlines, but early applicants have a greater chance of admission and more options for field placement. You are encouraged to apply early and have all required documents, including recommendations and transcripts from all schools attended, submitted as early as possible.
*Fall grades may be requested before final review of application
You will be notified about your admission decision from Graduate Studies via email. Please be sure to check the email address you submitted with the application.
After being accepted into the MSW Program, students must: