West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Our nationally ranked Master of Social Work program offers students the unique opportunity to receive a quality education at an exceptionally affordable rate. Within a public university renowned for its commitment to student-centered education, the MSW Program at West Chester University combines personal attention with accessibility to interdisciplinary resources.
Students are immersed in the study and practice of cutting-edge social work practice areas including social work with veterans and military families, older adults, substance use disorders, child welfare, traumatic brain injury, and community practice. Students work alongside a nationally recognized faculty whose members have been the proud recipients of awards including:
The MSW Program is designed to meet the needs of today’s student, who is often working and caregiving while attending graduate school. All required MSW courses are offered both during the day and evening so that full-time students can complete the degree in two academic years. For students working full-time as well as attending school, there are some opportunities for employment-based field placements as well as extended field placements, working at the field site over breaks and/or into the summer, with a reduced requirement for weekly hours. Students also have the flexibility to take courses part-time basis and complete the degree in three or four years.
Additionally, the MSW Program also offers a 12-month Advanced Standing option to qualified applicants who have graduated within the last five years with a bachelor's degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students may also complete the Advanced Standing program on a part-time, two-year basis.
As a public, regional, comprehensive institution founded in 1871, West Chester University demonstrates a long-standing commitment to public education. WCU is member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, whose purpose is “to provide high quality education at the lowest possible cost to students.” West Chester University is one of three Pennsylvania schools ranked in the top 100 “Best buys” among 500 public four year colleges and universities around the country. This is the sixth year that West Chester has been included in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2012-13. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.
The MSW Program at West Chester University offers the highest quality education for the best value in the greater Philadelphia region. Click here to compare WCU's tuition to that of other local MSW programs.
Students in the MSW Program enjoy intentionally small classes taught by experienced faculty. The individual attention students receive serves to provide intensive and comprehensive training in social work practice and research, as well as professional mentoring and guidance. A number of professors have involved students in research projects and presented with students at local, regional, state, national and international professional conferences. One professor has mentored students to develop and edit a peer-reviewed journal that has received national recognition. A number of professors have also involved students in social action projects such as working on rebuilding in communities devastated by disaster.
The driving force behind West Chester’s MSW program stems from a strong commitment to our social work roots: community action, social justice and the enhanced well-being of vulnerable populations through meaningful and lasting social change. The program’s integrative approach to issues of social justice is reflected in our One Book, One Program initiative in which all students, faculty and staff read one book over the summer months and discuss it throughout the academic year. Additionally, our students are routinely engaged in community action, social change and advocacy including the organization of a “sleep out” in honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, rebuilding efforts in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, and the creation of a local human trafficking training for service providers in Chester County.