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Master of Social Work

Program Options

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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

PROGRAM OPTIONS

 

West Chester University offers several program options with campuses located in West Chester and Center City Philadelphia. Students can pursue their degree full-time (West Chester campus only) and complete their degree in two years, or participate part-time in our three-year or four-year programs (available at West Chester and Philadelphia campuses). Students who earned a BSW degree within the last seven years may qualify for the advanced standing program, significantly reducing the number of required credit. Advanced standing is available at both campuses.

West Chester Campus Programs

Full-time (Two Year)

Students in the full-time program take fifteen credits per semester comprised of four courses and field placement. Typically full-time students take daytime classes, but evening sections are also offered for each required course. Daytime classes for required courses run from 9:00-11:50 a.m. and 1:00-3:50 p.m. Online and hybrid courses (combination of in-class and online) are offered occasionally. Schedules for these courses vary.

Our Regular Standing 2-Year Sample Course Plan outlines the standard course sequence for full-time students.

Three-Year Program

Students in the three-year program at the West Chester campus take 9-12 credits per semester. The first year of study includes courses only. Field placement begins in the fall of year two. Typically students in the three-year program take evening classes, but daytime sections are also available for each required course. Evening classes at the West Chester campus run from 4:25-7:10 p.m. and 7:15-10:00 p.m.

Our Regular Standing 3-Year Sample Course Plan outlines standard course sequence for the program.

Four-Year Program

The four-year program allows students to slow the pace of the program to 6-9 credits per semester and provides flexibility in determining when the Field Practicum best fits their schedules. The first year of study for all students in the 4-year program includes courses only. Field placement may begin in year two or three, depending on the student’s needs. Typically students in the four-year program take evening classes, but daytime sections are also available for each required course. Evening classes at the West Chester campus run from 4:25-7:10 p.m. and 7:15-10:00 p.m.

Our Regular Standing 4-Year Sample Course Plans outline several course sequences for the program.

 

Philadelphia Campus Programs

Three-Year Program

Students in Philadelphia’s three-year program take 9-12 credits per semester. The first year of study includes courses only. Field placement begins in the fall of year two. The Philadelphia campus MSW program operates only evening classes, which run from 5:50pm-8:35pm.

Our Regular Standing 3-Year Sample Course Plan outlines the standard course sequence for the program.

Four-Year Program

The four-year program allows students to slow the pace of the program to 6-9 credits per semester and provides flexibility in determining when the Field Practicum best fits their schedules. The first year of study for all students in the 4-year program includes courses only. Field placement may begin in year two or three, depending on the student’s needs. The Philadelphia campus MSW program operates only evening classes, which run from 5:50pm-8:35pm.

Our Regular Standing 4-Year Sample Course Plans outline several course sequences for the program.

 

Advanced Standing Program

Philadelphia and West Chester Campuses

Students accepted to the 36-credit Advanced Standing program begin in late May and must successfully complete two required courses (offered in Summer Session I and Summer Session II) prior to beginning full-time study in the fall. Spring and fall semesters include 15 credits each. Students complete four courses per semester alongside their field placement, including one elective in fall and two electives in spring.

Advanced Standing students may extend the program to two years by completing one year of coursework and one year of field placement.

Our Advanced Standing 1-Year and 2-Year Sample Course Plans outline standard course sequences for advanced standing students.

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