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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 specialized practice in either direct practice or community organizing/social administration.

The School of Social Work welcomes new director

The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at  West Virginia University announces that Deana Morrow has joined the organization as the director for the School of Social Work. She began her duties July 1.

Morrow joins the Eberly College from  Winthrop University, where she served as department chair and a professor of social work. Her professional practice background includes clinical, supervisory, administrative, and consultative roles in behavioral health, medical social work, and long-term care social work.

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 social work practice either with individuals, families and groups or in community organizing 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

For the 39th year, the Summer Institute on Aging will support the professional development in aging for those persons working in the areas of health care, social service and education. The WVU School of Social Work and WVU School of Public Health are committed to providing timely information and educational opportunities to service providers, educators, and students. Attendees are from all over the state of West Virginia. The dates of the 2017 conference are June 6-8, 2017 at Lakeview Resort & Conference Center in Morgantown, WV and the theme for this year's Institute is "AGING IN AMERICA: LEADING THE WAY".

Summer Institute on Aging Site


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