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  • Center for Social Work Education

  • Admissions Information

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


Mission & Outcomes, Master of Social Work

Program Highlight

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Widener Social Work Program

See the most recent social work newsletter for highlights about the program.


The mission of Widener’s master of social work program is to prepare culturally competent 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

The department also strives to use self-reflection and critical thinking in creating purposeful interventions informed by theory and evidence through:

  • Creating a supportive and nurturing academic environment that integrates dynamic classroom instruction and scientific inquiry with real-world learning
  • Having diverse faculty members whose social work practice, research, and community service experiences inform their teaching and inspire our students


All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

Student Policy Manual

The MSW Student Policy Manual is a valuable resource for students, providing a comprehensive overview of the general policies related to academic affairs processes, attendance, requirements for graduation, grading, academic integrity, academic programs, as well as curriculum ladders and field placement policies. It also provides vital forms in the appendices.