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West Virginia State University Collaborative

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

1. What is the Collaborative Master’s of Social Work Degree program? It is an innovative model that combines the resources and expertise of West Virginia’s two land-grant universities to expand the Master’s of Social Work (MSW) program offered by WVU in Southern WV since 1995.

2. Where is the program offered? It is offered exclusively in Kanawha County on the campuses of WVU (Kanawha City) and WVSU (Institute).

3. How long does it take to complete the program? Students who qualify for Advanced Standing admission have the option of studying full-time, completing the MSW degree program in just 12 months. The program also offers part-time study options for Advanced Standing students (completed in 2 years) and Regular Standing students (completed in 3 years).

4. Where and when are classes held? Students enrolled in the full-time Advanced Standing program take all required day classes two days per week on the WVSU campus in Institute. Some courses are offered online. Part-time students take two evening classes on the WVU campus in Kanawha City. Students have the option of taking some elective courses at either campus or online.

5. Who teaches the classes? Classes are taught by full-time faculty of both Universities as well as by highly qualified and experienced adjunct faculty for selected courses.

6. Which University awards the degree? WVU awards the degree. Both University seals appear on the diploma along with signatures of both University Presidents.

7. When does the program begin? The first group of students will begin classes in August 2016. Beginning March 1, 2016, applications will be accepted online at

8. Is financial support available? Financial support is available to qualified students through the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training program, scholarships, meritorious tuition waivers, and through a time-limited behavioral health grant-funded program.

9. Why is the WVU/WVSU Collaborative MSW degree program a good option for me? The Collaborative MSW Degree Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and enables students to: • receive personal attention from professors in small classroom settings; • choose either the micro- or macro-practice option; • learn from diverse, expert faculty from two esteemed universities; and • complete the degree in as little as 12 months (Advanced Standing) with part-time options available to both Advanced Standing & Regular Standing students.

10. How do I apply? Apply online at:

For more information contact:

Ms. Alysha Nichols at or Dr. Brenda Wamsley at