School of Human Service Professions
We prepare students seeking to enter or advance their careers in health and human service professions with the skills they need to be successful practitioners, educators, and leaders.
Our school offers a wide range of degree programs that lead to rewarding careers aimed at empowering others. And we do so from an interdisciplinary and interprofessional perspective; our students gain knowledge in their specific fields of study while also learning to collaborate with students and professionals in other fields, enabling them to provide more holistic, improved care for individuals, families, and communities.
We offer top-ranked programs in the following fields of study:
- Clinical Psychology
- Human Sexuality Studies
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Social Work
Through ample opportunities to engage with faculty mentors who prioritize your success, and professional experiences in one of our student-run clinics and community service settings, you'll make meaningful contributions to your field and arrive prepared when you hit the workplace.
And just as our school is shaping the future of education programs through our innovation and leadership, you'll also develop the qualities and skills that will set you apart as a leader in your field--positioning you for greater responsibility and earning potential as you advance in your career.
Explore School of Human Service Professions Degree Programs
See our undergraduate and graduate degree programs that can put you on the inside track to a successful, rewarding career.
For high school and transfer students, explore the majors we offer in education and social work.
For those ready to enter or advance in your professional career, explore our master's, doctorate, and certificate program options.
Designed specifically for busy working professionals, find programs in education and social work that are offered entirely online.
Zora Wolfe, an associate professor in Widener’s Center for Education, shares ways for parents, students, and educators to smoothly transition to online learning.
With the addition of occupational therapy, social work, and clinical psychology services, the Chester Community Clinic provides a one-stop-shop resource for clients and engages students in an interdisciplinary, hands-on learning environment designed to treat clients holistically.
The National Science Foundation awarded Professor Dawn Gulick $748,000 to continue developing an innovative orthopedic device aimed at improving joint mobility through quantitative assessment.
Advancing Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice
At Widener, you'll receive excellent preparation in your chosen field, while also learning alongside students in other disciplines. Interprofessional education, research, and practice are essential for the inside track to career success. Opportunities to connect and collaborate abound through community service, dual degree programs, experiential learning, and leadership opportunities.
The School of Human Service Professions operates several clinics and services that provide care to vulnerable adults and the underserved, create connections and build capacity with our communities, contribute to the education and development of young children and families, and conduct research and evaluation through grant-funded initiatives.
Our points of pride not only designate us as a top tier university, they demonstrate the resources and connections we offer that will lead you to a successful, rewarding career.
PsyD program in the nation.
Widener's online master's in social work ranks second nationwide.
Ranked 11 out of 50
On the list of Editors' Choice 50 Best Accredited PsyD Programs for 2020
The Graduate Student Research Symposium is a celebration of graduate student research work in University Center. Participants encompass students from five of the School of Human Service Professions graduate disciplines as well as the School of Nursing.
Your Inside Track to Success
When you graduate, you won't be just starting your career. You'll be continuing the work you've been doing all along.
Clinical Experiences That Put You in High Demand
Our programs emphasize experiential learning and clinical training – all of our programs include both required and optional experiences including internship, practica, fieldwork, and clinical education to hone your skills and expand your expertise as you prepare to enter or advance in your career.
Leadership Development That Sets You Apart
Discover your leadership potential and be prepared for the next step in your life's journey through a variety of learning experiences in our programs. Become involved in one of our community clinics or services, engage with a professional organization or on-campus group, join a leadership society, and take advantage of curriculum designed to take you to the next level.
Expand Your World View by Studying Abroad
Short term study aboard opportunities provide both discipline-specific and interprofessional-learning experiences that expand your world view and contribute to cross-cultural professional exchange. Examples of where our our students and faculty have traveled include China, Netherlands, Costa Rica, Mexico, Thailand, Belize, and Italy.