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Master of Social Work

Admissions

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Master of Social Work

West Chester Campus

Address: 
Reynolds Hall 
650 Reynolds Alley 
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2664


PASSHE Center City

Address: 
701 Market Street, Concourse Level 
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: 610-436-2664

ADMISSIONS 

Thank you for your interest in West Chester University's accredited MSW Program.

Whether you're interested in enrolling at the West Chester or Philadelphia location, the admissions requirements and application process are the same.

Application deadlines vary per program (advanced standing, full-time, 3-year and 4-year) so be sure to review the dates carefully. 

In addition to meeting the qualifications required of all WCU graduate students, MSW applicants must demonstrate potential for the social work profession. We require three letters of recommendation and have specific guidelines for the Personal Statement. Please review the Application Requirements below.

We're here to help! If you have any questions about WCU or the application process, contact our Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions, Kyle Murray

Application Deadlines

ADVANCED STANDING PROGRAM

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with priority given to applications received by January 10, 2019.
  • ALL application materials must be received in order to be reviewed for admission, so be sure to request transcripts and letters of recommendation early.
  • There are limited Advanced Standing seats available each year, so while applications may be accepted after January 10th,they may not be reviewed if the program has reached capacity.
  • Classes begin in late May 2019.


REGULAR STANDING PROGRAM

2-Year (full-time) Program

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with priority given to applications received by January 15, 2019.
  • ALL application materials must be received in order to be reviewed for admission. Be sure to request transcripts and letters of recommendation early.
  • We will continue to process applications after January 15th for as long as space is available.
  • Early applicants will have more options for field placement.
  • Classes begin in Fall 2019.

3-Year and 4-Year Programs

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with priority given to applications received by March 1, 2019.
  • ALL application materials must be received in order to be reviewed for admission. Be sure to request transcripts and letters of recommendation early.
  • We will continue to process applications after March 1st for as long as space is available.
  • Classes begin in Fall 2019.

Application Requirements

  • COMPLETED ONLINE GRADUATE APPLICATION
  • PERSONAL STATEMENT

In 3-5 typewritten, double-spaced pages, please address the following points in separate sections using the section headers identified below.

  1. Interest and Background in Social Work. Describe your interest and background in the social work profession, including any personal, professional and/or volunteer experiences. If you are employed in a social service agency, describe what has compelled you to pursue a graduate social work education. How would a graduate social work education enhance your practice? If you have prepared for or been employed in another field, discuss your rationale for pursuing a graduate social work degree.
  2. Experience. Drawing from your life experience, provide an example of a time when you interacted with someone from a vulnerable or oppressed population. What was significant to you about that experience?
  3. Social Work Values. Describe a mentor or role model that impacted your life in a meaningful way and provide a specific example of how the individual interacted with you or behaved in a way that embodies social work values. In reflecting on this example, discuss what steps you would need to take in order to demonstrate similar leadership or mentorship qualities.
  4. Self-Awareness. Identify a time you’ve encountered a life obstacle and discuss how you managed the situation.  
  5. Graduate Assistantship. If you are interested in being considered for a Graduate Assistantship position within the Graduate Social Work Department, please identify a faculty member whose research interests you and explain how your experience will contribute to their work. Learn about our faculty members.
  6. MSW Preparation - ADVANCED STANDING APPLICANTS ONLY. In no more than one page, included at the end of your personal statement, answer the following question: What kind of preparation do you hope to gain from a graduate social work education and what is your perception of the contrast with your BSW education?

 

  • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
    • 2-year (full-time), 3-year and 4-year Regular Standing Applicants: Three letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference (from undergraduate studies or another graduate program) and one work-related reference (internship, job, or community service). The third letter is the applicant’s choice, but should be from someone with whom you have a professional relationship.
    • Advanced Standing Applicants: Three letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference (from undergraduate studies or another graduate program) and one work-related (internship, job, or community service) reference. The third letter is the applicant’s choice, but one of the three letters must be from an MSW (including LCSW/LSW) who can evaluate the applicant’s performance in field placement (field supervisor, practice professor) and can speak to the applicant’s preparedness for the Advanced Standing program. 
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS
    • Applicant must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including post-graduate work. Official transcripts should be emailed to the Graduate College at GradAdmissions@wcupa.edu
    • 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.
    • Pre-requisite Requirements: Transcripts must provide proof of satisfactory completion (a grade of at least C) of liberal arts core requirements:3 credits humanities (art, literature, philosophy)3 credits in United States history or political science
      • 6 credits in math/science (statistics, computer science, astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry)
      • 6 credits in social science (anthropology, psychology, sociology, economics, women's studies)
      • 3 credits in writing

In certain cases, prerequisite work may be done during the course of the MSW Program with special permission from the MSW Program Director or Graduate Coordinator. If two or more prerequisites are lacking, those courses should be taken before applying.

  • RESUME
  • INTERVIEW: Applicant may be asked to interview with members of the admissions committee via telephone. 
  • GRE examinations and other aptitude tests are NOT required.

Transfer Applicants

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.

Notification of Decision

You will be notified about your admission decision in 4-6 weeks after submission. Notification will be sent via email and regular mail from WCU's Graduate School. Please be sure to check the email address you provided with your application.

Accepted students are encouraged to visit our New Students page for a checklist of what to do after acceptance. 

 

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