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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

The West Virginia University School of Social Work is on the move in advancing community-based research and innovative educational programming. Through rigorous research, excellent teaching, and impactful public service, the School of Social Work is committed to educating social workers who will improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities. We aspire to boldly address problems such as the opioid crisis, suicide, mental illness, child welfare, and chronic health challenges through innovative research, community engagement, and integrated, evidence-based approaches. Given the many life challenges and barriers people face, we need pioneering education and community-based solutions to meaningfully address the social and human problems of our time—and we aim to do just that.

The School of Social Work offers CSWE-accredited BSW and MSW programs and is expanding educational offerings through high-quality online degree programs. We are also exploring the possibility of establishing West Virginia’s first doctoral program in social work. Whether you are a prospective student or a future faculty colleague, come join the dynamic School of Social Work community. We are building the leaders and change agents 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.


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