If you’re passionate about being a voice for the vulnerable, enroll in PennWest’s nationally recognized online Master of Social Work program.
Built around professional best practices, our curriculum focuses on trauma-informed practice, family practice and rural social work practice. It is taught by dedicated faculty with extensive field experience. Count on our faculty to be your mentors, guiding you through many areas of social work.
Our program offers strong local, regional and national networks of internship partners, allowing you to gain extensive hands-on experience. Many of these lead to full-time employment and help you prepare for state licensure exams.
Our MSW program was recently ranked among the top 10 online programs in the country by SR Education Group.
This PennWest program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.
We may admit online graduate students from all 50 states, as well as international students and the military.
Expected job growth through 2026 for social workers.
Format: 100% online or hybrid (California Campus)
Fall, Spring, Summer (Regular or Advanced Standing)
Summer (Advanced Standing only)
When you earn a MSW from PennWest, you will have numerous job opportunities across several sectors. You may work in public schools or at colleges and universities, at corrections institutions, with children and youth services in church or community settings. You may opt to work for agencies that deal with substance abuse prevention and rehabilitation, victims services and advocacy programs or veterans' and military social work practice. You may also consider employment in organizations that provide counseling and mental health services, immigration and refugee services, hospice care, disability rights and other service organizations.
PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.