Create Meaningful Change By Treating the Effects of Trauma
The online masters of social work (MSW), accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), from Widener University prepares you to improve both your life and the lives of others through clinical social work and social justice. Trauma is a leading factor in mental health challenges, often leading to substance abuse and other social-emotional issues that affect quality of life. Our online MSW program helps you understand past trauma as a root cause for people to seek social services. You will also study the effect trauma has on individuals, families, and communities.
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. Plus, you’ll make valuable connections through our community partnerships and find opportunities to actively participate in social change throughout your education.
As a graduate of Widener’s MSW program, you are qualified and prepared to sit for the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) exam and, after two years of supervised clinical practice, for the Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) exam.* An LCSW is the highest credential a social worker can have. Earning yours will open new professional doors and pave the way toward higher-paying jobs in social work.
Treat the cause. Take an active role in your community. Be the future of social services.
An MSW Curriculum Specializing in Trauma
Create positive, meaningful change in disadvantaged communities while contributing to the knowledge base of your profession. Our advanced curriculum weaves trauma and its impact on mental health into all coursework, preparing clinical social workers to deliver culturally competent, evidence-based social work services to individuals, families, and groups from diverse client populations.
Widener’s Faculty Train the Next Generation of Social Work Leaders
Our social work faculty is comprised of professionals with a wide range of credentials and professional experiences. Among them are counselors, social researchers, and published authors who are considered to be experts in the field of social work.
Our diverse faculty of experts prepares you for counseling, therapy, and clinical supervisory positions with:
- Advanced assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills
- An active understanding of policy, empowering you to empathize with and advocate for those in need
- Self-reflection and critical thinking capacity to hold purposeful, informed interventions
- Cultural, gender, and racial sensitivity that will help you be effective in working with diverse populations
- A strong understanding in trauma-informed practice.
Start on your journey toward a stronger, more supportive society today with a masters in social work degree that focuses on the root causes of mental illness across a flexible, 64 credit program. Students who commit to attending classes during all three semesters can complete our flexible MSW program within 10 semesters. Widener’s online MSW students are not required to attend any on-campus events, but they are welcome to attend social work career fairs, graduation ceremonies, and other events that are held on-site.
Learn more about our trauma-focused curriculum and diverse selection of electives.
Hybrid Dual Degree: Master Of Social Work / Master of Education, Human Sexuality Studies (H/MSW/MEd)
To learn more about this unique dual master’s degree click here.
Your Future with Widener University
At Widener, we develop true leaders. Nationally recognized for our commitment to career leadership and service, we provide you with the advanced education needed to promote positive change within your field and your community.
We’re ranked among the best in the nation for our field and are committed to connecting you with community partners and open doors to roles where you can create meaningful change throughout your community and profession.
Be an expert in trauma and have a positive impact on the lives of those in need.
Additional Program Offerings
In addition to the traditional online MSW program, Widener also offers the program on campus in Chester, Pennsylvania.
*Varies by state. Check your state’s Social Work licensing requirements.