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  • Center for Social Work Education

  • Admissions Information

    • Bruce Hall, Social Work Suite
    • tel: 610-499-4129
  • Online Programs Office


Curriculum, Master of Social Work

Program Highlight

 msw online

Online MSW Degree

Interim Associate Dean & MSW Program Director Beth I. Barol, MSW faculty members, and students highlight the experience and skills gained with this trauma-focused master of social work online program.

The master of social work (MSW) curriculum is built around introducing clinical social workers to the values and knowledge base of the profession. The MSW faculty stress the importance of civic engagement and use a mix of coursework and field experience to teach students how to serve vulnerable clients from diverse backgrounds.

Regular MSW Program (63 credits)

Students enrolled in the regular admission MSW program must complete 33 credit-hours of required core practice courses, 30 credit-hours of advanced practice courses that include 9 hours of electives, and a noncredit writing module for a total of 63 credit hours.

  • Full-time regular admission students can complete the program in two years (4 semesters) of full-time study.
  • Regular admission part-time students can complete the program in three years (8 semesters). Part-time students must take at least two courses per semester and complete the program within four calendar years.

Advanced Standing MSW Program (39 credits)

Students from an accredited bachelor of social work (BSW) program are eligible to apply for advanced standing admission. The advanced standing program offers both full-time and part-time options.

Beginning with a summer session in May, full-time students can complete the program in one year (3 semesters) and part-time students can complete it in two years (5 semesters).

Online MSW Program (64 credits)

Widener’s online master of social work is a clinical program that focuses on treating trauma. Trauma is one of the leading reasons people seek social services and has a relational impact on mental illness, substance abuse, and other issues.

Our online MSW curriculum consists of 64 credit-hours, 35 of which are from core courses, 23 in advanced concentration coursework, and the remaining 6 earned through elective courses. The additional credit-hour over the number required for the campus-based program is due to a simultaneous field seminar while students are in the field to provide enhanced support during the field experience.

For more information about the courses and requirements for the MSW degree, please refer to page 9 in our course catalog.