Master of Social Work

Why Widener?

client first philosophy

Client First Philosophy

Widener trains its graduate students to intervene effectively with clients and to advocate for universal human rights. Graduates of this program demonstrate care and compassion for clients from diverse cultural, social, and economic backgrounds and hold an unwavering belief in client strengths and client empowerment.

distinguished faculty

Distinguished Faculty

Widener’s social work instructors include full-time faculty and adjunct practitioners working in the field. Many of the professors have a deep interest in research or have been social work clinicians for more than 20 years.

flexible learning formats

Online Program

Widener offers an online MSW degree for working professionals or students unable to attend the Chester campus. The online program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and offers the same rigorous and rewarding education experience as the campus-based program. In addition, Widener offers a flexible, part-time MSW program with evening and weekend classes.

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brooks aylor '15

Brooks Aylor


I wanted the most clinical curriculum I could find and one that was truly trauma-informed. I wanted to work with faculty members who modeled social work values in everything they do. I wanted a deep sense of community and support. I got it all—and then some—from Widener social work.  

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Online Program

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

Potential Careers

  • Private or agency-based individual, group, and family therapist
  • School or social worker
  • Hospital social worker
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Case manager
  • College professor
  • Community organizer
  • Researcher
  • Policy consultant
  • Agency administrator/supervisor

Recent Employers

  • Department of Human Services
  • Northeast Community Center for Behavioral Health
  • Catholic Social Services
  • ActionAIDS
  • Values into Action
  • AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
  • Northern Children's Services
  • PLAN of PA
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Women's Therapy Center

cswe accreditation logoOur MSW program, educating social workers since 1991, is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.