West Chester University welcomes transfer students. To request transfer of graduate
credits, please review the conditions outlined on the TRANSFER OF GRADUATE CREDIT request form. If conditions are met, submit the form along with supporting documents
We understand that people returning to graduate school after many years may not be
able to obtain academic references. If this is the case, you must be sure to include
references from professional or volunteer colleagues who are in a position to reflect
on your potential ability as a graduate student of social work. This is even more
pertinent for individuals whose GPA does not meet our requirements.
Yes. Students may take up to six credits (two courses) as a non-matriculated (non-degree)
student with approval from the department. Contact Kyle Murray, the program recruiter, for information.
Yes, if an Advanced Standing applicant is not accepted to the program, the application
is automatically reviewed for consideration for the regular program.
Given the structure of the program, all coursework begins in the fall semester. The
exception is for Advanced Standing students, who start their classes in late May.
Students may be eligible to take one or two elective courses as a non-matriculated
(non-degree) student prior to officially starting the program in the fall. Contact
the department to inquire about non-degree status.
Applicants may be invited for an interview at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
Interview typically take place via phone.
Students from abroad must submit their applications and supporting documents to the
Graduate College and Extended Education
no later than January 15 for admission the following fall semester. Applicants whose
native language is not English must submit evidence of satisfactory performance on
the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to The Graduate School and Extended
Education before application forms can be processed. A score of 550 is the minimum
acceptable score. Information about this exam may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service
. Registration forms must reach ETS at least five weeks before the test is to be taken.
The following documents are also required:
- Completed application form
- Official copy of school certificates
- Official record of the TOEFL score, sent directly by ETS to the The Graduate School
and Extended Education
- Proof of Financial Support Form
- Medical History Form
- If a student is admitted to a degree program, US Immigration (I-20) Form will be supplied
by the University
Additional questions may be directed to the office of International Student Programs and Services.
Students who are enrolled in the MSW Program in Philadelphia must take required courses
at the campus in Philadelphia. Students may take their electives (nine credits) at