725 S. Church St
West Chester, PA 19383
701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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 Jeanean Mohr, Program Coordinator, if you have any questoins. We're here to help!
Outside of the classroom, email is the primary means of communication between faculty/staff and students. It is critical that you check your wcupa.edu 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 wcupa.edu email and INCLUDE YOUR STUDENT ID. This will help us provide you with efficient service.
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:
Once you have been registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for accessing your schedule in the myWCU system.
You will receive an email from the MSW Department 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 to take the exams, 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.
Unless written permission is granted from the MSW Graduate Coordinator, all generalist and specialized courses (required courses) must be taken at the campus where a student is registered. 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 Campus Location form and receive written confirmation of the approved change.
To defer, students must submit their $100 deposit to the Graduate College. Upon confirmation of payment, a student may request through the Graduate College to defer enrollment. The Graduate College 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.
If you are a full-time or advanced standing student, you must complete a Field Placement Application to initiate the placement process. Instructions for completing your Field Placement Application .
After your application is completed, please email your Field Director (see contact
information below) to set up a time to discuss your placement opportunities.
Lisa G. Allen, MSW, LSW
Director of Field Education, West Chester Campus
Tangela Harden, MSS
Director of Field Education, Philadelphia Campus
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.
* Extension of above due dates must be approved by the Graduate Social Work Field Director