Widener's Masters of Social Work program seeks to prepare culturally competent clinical social workers who:
- are dedicated to the attainment of social and economic justice for the betterment of poor, vulnerable, and oppressed individuals, families, groups, and communities.
- demonstrate care and compassion for clients from diverse cultural, social, and economic backgrounds.
- hold an unwavering belief in client strengths, client empowerment, and the importance of the helping relationship.
If you share these values, consider our graduate social work program leading to a
master in social work (MSW).
Our single concentration in clinical social work focuses on providing students with the full range of skills needed for direct clinical practice in human service organizations.
Two programs of study leading to a MSW degree are available on a full- and part-time basis:
- Regular Program (63 credits)
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 Program (39 credits)
Students from an accredited 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).
Most classes meet on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Daytime and evening classes
are available. Part-time students also begin in May and complete the program in five
For more information on admissions, courses, and degree requirements for master's degrees in social work, see our Center for Social Work Graduate Catalog.
Our MSW program, educating social workers since 1975, is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.