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Widener University retains no. 1 ranking for online Master of Social Work program

Our online master of social work program gets top honors.

Widener's online master of social work program is ranked no. 1 by

Widener University has been ranked number one on the list of 2017 Top Online MSW Programs published by It is the second consecutive year the university has held the top spot

The list is comprised of 10 programs from across the country and is based entirely on student feedback, obtained from more than 57,000 student reviews and ratings of more than 1,600 colleges. Widener’s extremely high student satisfaction rating kept the university in the top spot for a second year. The outlet included a comment from a Widener student in its introduction to the list, which read, “Widener was the best choice I could've made for a quality online graduate education.”

Widener’s online Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The advanced curriculum weaves trauma and its impact on mental health into all coursework, as the program prepares clinical social workers to deliver culturally competent, evidence-based social work services to individuals, families and groups from diverse client populations.

“At Widener, we develop social workers whose influences are seen, heard and known throughout the field and community,” said Paula Silver PhD., Associate Provost for Global Engagement and Dean of the School of Human Service Professions, which houses the social work program. “We have worked hard to develop this outstanding program and it is gratifying to earn this top ranking through student satisfaction. Positive student reviews are our highest praise.”

“We are proud to remain first on this national list of online social work programs,” Widener University President Dr. Julie E. Wollman added. “We are committed to the success of all of our students through personal attention and dedicated support to achieve their goals.” 

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,