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Master Degrees

Widener's Masters of Social Work program seeks to prepare culturally competent clinical social workers who:

  • recognize that many issues presented by clients are a result of exposure to trauma in their families and communities, and are trained to intervene effectively with clients and to advocate for universal human rights.
  • 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.
  • understand the impact of helping traumatized clients on the social worker and on the organizations who serve them, and practice important self-care strategies.

If you share these values, consider our trauma-informed 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.

Three programs of study leading to a MSW degree are available on a full-time (Chester campus only) and part-time (Chester and Harrisburg campuses), or an online 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).
  • Dual Degree Program in Clinical Social Work and Human Sexuality (MSW/MEd)
    Students complete the requirements for their MSW and MEd in Human Sexuality degrees in two or three years.
    Courses for both programs are taken concurrently.  The dual degree program is available to regular and advanced standing admission students.  Students graduate with a clinical specialization in human sexuality with eligibility for American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) certification.

Most classes meet on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Daytime and evening classes are available. Many classes are offered in hybrid (combination of in-person and on-line), online only, and weekend formats.  
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 1991, is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.