Program Overview

Our mission is to prepare multiculturally responsive social workers to employ innovative methods of practice that promote the well-being of individuals, families and communities. We equip students to practice from a social justice perspective grounded in the realization of human rights.

WCU's MSW Program Specialization is Advanced Practice with Individuals, Families, and Communities, an approach to social work that addresses well-being from a trauma-informed, recovery perspective grounded in human rights. Focusing on human rights as the key to social justice and sustainable wellness, practitioners regularly engage advocacy, policy and research. Our unique, simulation-based curriculum provides students opportunities to demonstrate competency in utilizing this approach as they prepare to respond to complex and contemporary issues in a range of interprofessional settings.

The MSW program is offered at both our West Chester and Philadelphia campuses.


Program Highlights

  • Knowledgeable and experienced faculty committed to excellent teaching, advancing the field through research, and improving the community
  • One of the most affordable MSW programs in the region
  • Recently redesigned curriculum
  • Small class size (less than 20 students on average)
  • Interdisciplinary opportunities through Graduate Certificate Programs
  • Diverse elective offerings across two campuses and seven departments
  • High touch academic advising model
  • Suburban and urban campuses
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Diverse student body

What can I do with this degree?

The possibilities of the MSW degree are extensive, intersecting countless fields and leading to a variety of careers.

  • Clinical Social Workers and Counselors
  • Group therapist
  • Court and victim advocate; shelter advocate
  • Advanced case manager; case manager supervisor;
    social work supervisor
  • Prevention educator
  • Child welfare worker
  • Substance use disorders professional
  • Forensic interviewer
  • Housing counselor
  • Diversity/inclusion workshop facilitator
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Executive Director of a non-profit or civic organization
  • Grants writer/administrator
  • Fundraiser
  • Development Director
  • Program officer in grant making foundation
  • Program evaluator
  • Program/project coordinator or manager
  • Public Advocacy and Administration
  • Researcher
  • Community organizer
  • Policy analyst
  • Community council representative
  • School Social Worker
  • Prevention specialist
  • Aid to statesmen/policy maker
  • Client advocate
  • Public policy advocate

MSW graduates are prepared to work in many fields including:

  • Aging
  • Child Welfare
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education/School Social Work
  • Family Services
  • Healthcare/Public Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • LGBTQ Rights
  • Behavioral/ Mental Health
  • Palliative and Hospice Care
  • Prevention
  • Rehabilitation
  • Social development and community organizing
  • Substance Dependency
  • Veterans and Military
  • Women’s Studies/Issues

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