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Master of Social Work

College of Education and Social Work

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Master of Social Work

Kyle Murray


Program Overview

We are a regional leader in graduate social work education with faculty and staff dedicated to promoting social work values and ethics through a skills-based curriculum. Our Master of Social Work program specializes in preparing students for advanced practice with individuals, families and communities while maintaining a focus on social justice and human rights. In alignment with the missions of West Chester University and the College of Education and Social Work, our community of educators prepare professionals to engage with diverse populations and address the ever-changing needs of our society. West Chester University offers the MSW program at both our West Chester and Philadelphia campuses with full-and part-time study options available. Get Involved: Graduate Student Association, Phi Alpha Graduate Social Work Honor Society, and Voices Magazine.


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 board member
  • 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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