Master of Social Work
Widener University

Program Details

Widener University’s online Master of Social Work (MSW) is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Through its trauma-focused curriculum, it will help you understand the impact trauma – a leading factor in mental health, substance abuse, and other social-emotional issues – has on the quality of life. Widener’s MSW program prepares you to improve both your life and the lives of others through clinical social work and social justice.  


At Widener, we develop social workers whose influences are seen, heard, and known throughout the field and community. You’ll benefit from personal support in a nurturing and inspirational learning environment and graduate prepared to sit for the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) exam.

Regular Admission, Advanced Standing, Dual Degree, and Certificate Options:


  • Regular Admission: the 57-credit hour Regular admission option is available to all applicants who have earned a regionally accredited undergraduate degree. It is not required to have a BSW or related social sciences degree.
  • Advanced Standing: the 36-credit hour Advanced Standing option is available to applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree in social work (BSW), within the last six years, from a CSWE-accredited program. This program can be completed within just two years.
  • Hybrid Dual Degree: Master of Social Work/Master of Education, Human Sexuality Studies (H/MSW/MEd): this program, that prepares social workers who are comfortable discussing sexuality in their social work practice, to also be qualified to work in areas that focus explicitly on sexuality, such as human trafficking, individuals with a history of sexual abuse, and gender or sexual identity issues.
  • Trauma Certificate: while earning your MSW, you have the option of also applying for a trauma certificate to deepen your knowledge and direct experience. The trauma certificate includes one additional credit in a Trauma Supervision Seminar.
About Widener
At Widener University, we proudly cultivate challenging and culturally diverse learning environments where academics, leadership, and service come first. Founded in 1812 in Chester, Pennsylvania, Widener is nationally recognized for our commitment to civic engagement, service, and social responsibility. It is our goal to develop true leaders who inspire positive change throughout our community.
If you would like to learn more about Widener University’s online Master of Social Work options or Hybrid Dual MSW/MEd degree program, complete the form to request more information.


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Program Accreditation & Licensing

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Widener University is accredited by:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Criminal Background Check, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Statement of Purpose/Intent