Career Outlook: Online MSW

Your Social Work Career After Widener

The MSW online program from Widener University empowers you with the flexibility to continue your career while furthering your education. Engage with an expert faculty and develop your understanding of trauma-informed practice while maintaining your current life commitments. Learn new skills and then immediately apply them in your field. Develop a strong clinical skillset to move beyond entry-level positions. As a Widener MSW online student, you develop the knowledge and skills needed to drive change and make an impact in the communities and lives of those battling mental illness and social-emotional issues.

When you graduate with an online MSW from Widener University, you are eligible and prepared for the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) exam and, after two years of supervised clinical practice, you may sit for the Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) exam.* These two advanced exams are increasingly required by mental health service organizations and clinics. Obtaining these licenses will also help you secure higher positions and better salaries within the social work field.

According to the NASW Workforce Center, a social worker with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and working in a hospital had an average yearly salary of $40,100, whereas a social worker with a master’s degree in the same type of setting earned an average yearly salary of $60,000.**

Newsweek recently named Widener the #19 service-minded college in the country. We earned this distinction by keeping our curriculum focused on all the ways that our graduates can use their degrees in the service of others.

Understand Trauma. Save Lives.

As an MSW Widener graduate, you are prepared to assist in a variety of rapidly expanding subfields and specialties, including the treatment of veterans, the urban youth, trauma survivors, people with intellectual and developmental disability, older adults, and those in need of child welfare services. Professional opportunities for social workers are increasing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates job growth of up to 19% for social service leaders over the next decade. With a strong focus on trauma as a root cause, Widener will help you change lives.

A masters in social work is often needed to advance in the human services field, and our program swiftly prepares you for a successful career in roles such as:

  • Clinical social worker
  • Trauma informed therapist
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Children’s services worker
  • Adoption specialist
  • Medical social worker

Call a Program Manager at 1-844-386-7321Call: 1-844-386-7321 or click here to request a free program brochure to learn more about Widener’s online Master of Social Work program.

*Varies by state. Check your state’s Social Work licensing requirements.

**Source: National Association of Social Workers: Center for Workforce Studies, “NASW Occupational Profiles.” Accessed July 17, 2017,