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Interdisciplinary Programs

The Center for Human Sexuality Studies offers three interdisciplinary programs in collaboration with the Widener Center for Social Work Education, the Institute for Clinical Psychology, and the School of Education, Innovation, & Continuing Studies. These programs enable you to earn a licensable degree in social work, clinical psychology, or a PA certificate in school counseling.

It is important to understand that your clinical field will be considered your primary career identity and your knowledge of human sexuality will be a specialization within that field. We encourage you to learn more about the practice and ethics frameworks used by each clinical field and learn which profession is right for you. For more information, visit the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

Human Sexuality and Social Work

The interdisciplinary program with Widener's Center for Social Work Education provides students with a clinical, licensable Master of Social Work (MSW), as well as either a Master of Education (MEd) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Sexuality Studies. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary program with the Widener Center for Social Work Education generally plan to work as therapists in non-profit agencies, community organizations, or in private practice.

The MSW/MEd interdisciplinary program is a full-time, 3-year program. The MSW/PhD program takes 4 years to complete coursework, full-time, followed by dissertation studies for the completion of the PhD. See a sample MSW/MEd course progression and a sample MSW/PhD course progression.

For those entering the program with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), an advanced-standing course progression is also available.

See the Admission Information page for details on the admissions process and criteria.

Human Sexuality and Clinical Psychology

The interdisciplinary program with the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology offers students a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) and a Master of Education (MEd) in Human Sexuality Studies. Students pursuing the PsyD/MEd interdisciplinary program generally plan to work as therapists in private practice, hospitals, and other mental health institutions.

The PsyD/MEd dual program takes 5 years to complete, full-time. See a sample PsyD/MEd course progression.

See the Admission Information page for details on the admissions process and criteria.

Human Sexuality and School Counseling Certificate

The Counselor Education/Human Sexuality Studies interdisciplinary program with the School of Education, Innovation, and Continuing Studies provides students with a PA certification in school counseling and a Master of Education (MEd) in Human Sexuality Studies. Students pursuing the certificate program with Counselor Education plan to work as counselors in elementary schools (K-8), secondary schools (7-12), or community settings.

The school counseling certification/MEd program takes 3 years to complete, full-time. See a sample PA school counseling certificate/MEd course progression.

See the Admission Information page for details on the admissions process and criteria.