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Master of Social Work

New Students

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Master of Social Work

West Chester Campus

Reynolds Hall
650 Reynolds Alley
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2664

PASSHE Center City

701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: 610-436-2664

Newly Accepted Students

Welcome to the Program

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Masters of Social Work (MSW) Program at West Chester University. We are delighted you have chosen social work as a career and West Chester University as an important partner in your professional journey.

On this page you will find a variety of information to help navigate the process of being a new MSW student. Please review all of the menu items below, and reach out to one of our staff members if you have any questoins. We're here to help!

General Questions

PK Ahearn

PK Ahearn

Department Secretary

Course Advising & Test-Out Exams

Jeanean Mohr

Jeanean Mohr

Program Coordinator

Course Registration, Deferment & Change of Campus

Kyle Murray

Kyle Murray

Asst. Director of Admissions and Recruitment


myWCU Email Account

Outside of the classroom, email is the primary means of communication between faculty/staff and students. It is critical that you check your account regularly to stay informed of important departmental information. Announcements from the department may be sent using MailChimp, our email automation tool. Please DO NOT UNSUBSCRIBE FROM MSW MAIL as you will miss key information.

When communicating with us via email, please be sure to use your email and INCLUDE YOUR STUDENT ID. This will help us provide you with efficient service.

Set up your email account.

Course Registration

The Graduate Social Work Department registers ALL first-semester students. If you are a new student, PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER YOURSELF FOR CLASSES. To be registered you must:

  1. Pay your deposit to the Office of Graduate Studies
  2. Set up your email account
  3. Read your Welcome to West Chester University's MSW Program email sent from our recruiter, Kyle Murray
  4. Complete the Course Registration Survey that is included in your welcome email

Once you have been registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for accessing your schedule in the myWCU system.

For questions about course registration, please contact Kyle Murray.

Test Out Exams

Regular Standing MSW students are required to take SWG 554: Human Development across the Lifespan and SWG: 533 Methods of Social Work Research as part of the curriculum. Because we recognize that some students may have substantial knowledge in these areas from work experience or prior academic study, we offer every student the opportunity to test out of these two courses. The exams are available to INCOMING STUDENTS THE SUMMER BEFORE THEIR FIRST SEMESTER.

Students MUST be registered for fall courses in order to access the exams. After you are registered for courses by the MSW Department, you will receive an email providing instructions for accessing the exams through the University's D2L site.

If you have any questions about the exams, please contact Jeanean Mohr. If you have trouble logging in, please contact D2L Services at 610-436-3350

*Advanced Standing students do not take SWG554 and SWG533; therefore, they will not receive information about the test-out exams.

Changing Campuses

Unless written permission is granted from the MSW Graduate Coordinator, Foundation and Concentration courses (required courses) must be taken at the campus where a student is registered. However, elective courses may be taken at either campus at any time and do not require written permission from the department.

If a student wishes to transfer campuses, they must submit a Change of Curriculum form and receive written confirmation of the approved change. Students that register themselves for a different campus without permission may be removed from the class roster without prior notification.

Newly admitted students must pay their deposit prior to completing the change of curriculum form.


Accepted students may defer their enrollment for a period of up to two years after notice of acceptance.

To defer, students must submit their $100 deposit to the Office of Graduate Studies. Upon confirmation of payment, a student may request through the Office of Graduate Studies to defer enrollment. The Office of Graduate Studies will confirm the anticipated enrollment date with the student.

Given that the Graduate Social Work Department does not have spring semester enrollment, students who defer may begin enrollment in fall semesters only. The exception to this is Advanced Standing students who complete bridge courses during the summer session that begins at the end of May.

Field Placement

If you are a full-time or advanced standing student, you will receive an email to your WCU account prompting you to activate your TK20 account. TK20 is the platform we use to monitor and assess your progress in the field. After you activate your account, you must complete and submit your TK20 application to begin the placement process. After your application is submitted, please email your Field Director (see contact information below) to set up a time to discuss your placement opportunities.

Please review our TK20 resource page for login instructions and tutorials.

Part-time students begin the field placement process during their second year and should not expect to receive information regarding field prior to beginning the program.

Explore general information about MSW field education on our website.

Director of Field Education: West Chester Campus
Lisa Allen

Lisa Allen

Director of field Education: Philadelphia Campus
Theresa Sullivan

Theresa Sullivan

Important Dates

  • Advanced Standing Orientation - Date to be determined
  • Completed Course Registration Survey due by May 1, 2018
  • Completed TK20 Application due by May 1, 2018 (please notify your Field Director that your application has been completed)
  • Contact Field Director by May 1, 2018 to set up an appointment
  • Field site must have Affiliation Agreement by the University’s established date for the last day of add/drop
  • Extended hours (if applicable) must be submitted and approved by the University’s established date for the last day to withdraw

*Extension of due dates must be approved by Graduate Social Work Program Coordinator

** Extension of field due dates must be approved by GSW Field Director