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Online Master of Social Work (MSW) Program

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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 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.

Preparation to Sit for LCSW Exam

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 post LSW, for the Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) exam.* Earning your license will open new professional doors and pave the way toward higher-paying jobs in social work.

Address issues at the root of the problem. Take an active role in your community. Pursue your passion for helping others. Be the future of social services.

In-Demand Skillset for Today's Social Work Professionals

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.

There is a need for social work professionals who specialize in trauma. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in the United States, 61 percent of men and 51 percent of women report exposure to at least one lifetime traumatic event, and 90 percent of clients in public behavioral health care settings have experienced trauma. With Widener’s program you will be receiving a curriculum specializing in trauma to prepare you for the field today.**

Click here to view the full MSW curriculum.

Click here to learn more about the field experience.

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 clinicians, working in direct practice, community and clinically informed policy and social researchers, many of whom are considered to be experts in the field of social work.

Our diverse faculty of experts prepares you for a wide range of social work positions with training in:

  • 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 provide 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 helping to build 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, student-centered 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.

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 have been ranked No. 1 by GraduatePrograms.com as a Top Online MSW Program two years in a row.

Being ranked among the best in the nation for our field, we are committed to connecting you with community partners and open doors to roles where you can create meaningful change throughout your community and profession. As an online student you will still be part of Widener’s community. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of optional events hosted virtually or on-campus.

Learn more about the impact and treatment of trauma and have a positive impact on the lives of those in need.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university
  • 3.0 minimum GPA*

*If your GPA is lower than the 3.0 minimum, reach out to a Program Manager to discuss your options for admission.

For a full list of admissions requirements, click here.

Contact a Program Manager at 1-844-386-7321 or click here to request a free program brochure about what an online MSW from Widener University can do for your career.

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.
**Source: https://www.integration.samhsa.gov/clinical-practice/trauma