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Westfield State to host virtual information session for Master of Social Work program

Flexible, affordable; designed for the working adult

WESTFIELD, Mass.—Westfield State University will host a virtual information session for the Master of Social Work program Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m., via Zoom. 

Westfield State offers two MSW program options. The Westfield Onground MSW Program and the Online MSW Program. The Westfield Onground MSW Program is one of only four in western Massachusetts and within commuting distance of the Berkshires, central Massachusetts, northern Connecticut, southern New Hampshire and Vermont, and eastern New York. Students in the Westfield Onground Program attend classes in person on the Westfield campus Monday and Thursday evenings, along with coursework online (hybrid model). Some courses are fully asynchronous, online, and the required field internships are completed in person within a 60-mile radius of Westfield. 

In the Online MSW Program, students attend classes on Zoom Monday and Thursday evenings, along with asynchronous coursework (hybrid model). Some courses are fully asynchronous, online, and, for the 2022–23 academic year, the required field internships are completed in person throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

The MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and prepares students to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and to work in a variety of positions in the human services field. The program aims to prepare advanced-level social work practitioners who have specialized knowledge and skills for clinical practice that is based on a firm generalist foundation.  

Through Westfield State’s MSW program, enrolled students may also select a clinical specialization, pending campus governance approval, in one of four areas: Children, Youth & Family; Health Social Work; Latinx Community Health; and, Substance Use and Addictions.  

“The MSW Program at Westfield State University provides students with a competitive, accessible, and affordable social work education,” said Program Director Maria del Mar Farina, Ph.D. “As future social work professionals, students will be exceptionally well prepared to meet the increasingly complex needs of the diverse communities served by our profession.”  

With full or part-time options—and the consistency of having all of one’s classes on Monday and Thursday evenings—the MSW Onground and Online Programs offer flexibility and affordability. In addition to financial aid, students in the advanced year of their program of study can apply to the Integrative Behavioral Health Fellowship, which provides training focused on health equity and addressing the social determinants of health, as well as a $10,000 stipend. 

Information session attendees will have an opportunity to speak with faculty and members of the outreach team about the program and its application process. The $50 application fee will be waived for all attendees. To RSVP, visit www.GoBackNow.com. For more information, call 413-572-8020 or email wsucgce@westfield.ma.edu. 

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public, co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender, or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information on Westfield State University, visit www.westfield.ma.eduwww.twitter.com/westfieldstate, or https://www.facebook.com/WestfieldStateUniversity. 

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