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A degree in social work will take your aspirations to the next level. A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) prepares students for generalist practice and a Master of Social Work (MSW) prepares students for advanced integrated practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and social administration .

Welcome to the School of Social Work

Welcome to the West Virginia University School of Social Work. We offer BSW and MSW degree programs that are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. You will find in the School of Social Work nationally recognized faculty who are dedicated to excellence in teaching and research. Our students experience an enriching educational environment that values learning based on scientific inquiry and a commitment to evidence-based practice.

Social work is the profession of people helping people. If you are committed to improving human lives, if you value human diversity, and if you believe in the importance of improving social problems and helping people live empowered lives, then social work may be the right profession for you. I invite you to experience the School of Social Work where we are committed to state-of-the-art social work education and research. We are building the leaders of tomorrow today.


Deana F. Morrow, PhD, LICSW, ACSW

Director and Professor

Dean Deana Morrow


If you are a compassionate individual with an interest in human diversity and a desire to help others, then a bachelor of social work can help you reach your goals. Our curriculum prepares students for positions in the social work profession and can provide you with the opportunity to advance in higher education.  



The master of social work program trains graduate students in advanced integrated social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and social administration. The MPA and MSW degree programs require students to complete a public service internship and an advanced field placement.


Field Education

Field Education is an integral part of the professional social work curriculum and requires a close cooperative relationship between the School of Social Work and the selected field sites who accept our students for the internship experience. Field education has been designated by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) as the “signature pedagogy” and as equal to the course work in social work higher education. Experiential learning complements the classroom learning and gives the student the opportunity to build a sense of professional competence and identity that serves as a foundation for ongoing professional growth.


Over the past five years, the School of Social Work has helped lead Vietnam’s commitment to quality social work education. Through encouraging increased quality and quantity of joint programs between American and Vietnamese universities, the School has increased the number of Vietnamese studying in American universities and helped promote their acquisition of skills to help Vietnam’s rapidly modernizing economy.

Undergraduate and graduate students can earn six and three credit hours, respectively, studying in Vietnam. Participants will examine social issues like human trafficking in both rural and urban settings. They will also learn how culture, history, and politics influence the creation, perpetuation, and perception of social problems – and contribute to the emergence of potential solutions. For more information, contact Neal Newfield.

West Virginia Summer Institute on Aging

In its 40th year, the Summer Institute on Aging Conference supports professional development for individuals working in healthcare, social services and education. The WVU School of Social Work is committed to providing timely information and educational opportunities to service providers, educators and students. Participants attend from all over the state of West Virginia. The 2018 conference will take place June 12-14, 2018 at Lakeview Resort and Conference Center in Morgantown, W.Va. The theme for this year's conference is Adventures in Aging: Building Wisdom, Well Being and Wonder. 

Summer Institute on Aging Site


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