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Master of Social Work (MSW)

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This program educates graduate students in advanced integrated social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and social administration. The focus of this education is to produce competent and effective practitioners committed to enhancing social well-being and quality of life with particular emphasis on vulnerable and oppressed populations in small towns and rural areas characteristic of the Appalachian region.

All students will specialize in Advanced Integrated Practice. The curriculum prepares students to integrate micro, mezzo, and macro practice skills across service sectors and within interdisciplinary teams to effectively address social and human problems across a wide range of practice areas, with a particular emphasis on effective models of rural service delivery. Both the BSW and the MSW programs are nationally accredited by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE).

The MSW Program offers social work education for the 21st century, incorporating digital literacy in both the on campus and online programs.  The WVU MSW is ranked #70 by US News & World Report in their 2019 rankings of graduate schools of social work.

Social Work Licensure

Graduates of the WVU MSW program are eligible to pursue social work licensure at their degree level. States can have varying requirements for clinical licensure. For detailed information about state-specific licensing, please see the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) licensing and regulation website:
https://www.aswb.org/licensees/about-licensing-and-regulation/social-work-regulation/

Regular Standing

Advanced Standing

On-Campus MSW Program

On-Campus Application Process Video

Online MSW Program

Online Application Process Video

Deadlines

Regular Standing

Domestic applicants: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • International applicants: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. You are considered an international applicant if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. (*note: international applicants living outside of the United States are not eligible to apply to the online MSW program.)

Advanced Standing

  • Domestic applicants who have received a BSW from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited program within the last eight years may apply for advanced standing.
  • International applicants who have received a BSW from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited program, recognized through its International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Services, or covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accreditors within the last eight years may apply for advanced-standing. (*note: international applicants living outside the United States are not eligible to apply to the online MSW program)

On-Campus MSW Program

For more information, contact MSW Admissions & Recruitment at socialwork@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-3280.

Watch this 13 minute video for an overview of the on campus MSW programs and application process.

Online MSW Program

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APPLY: https://admissions.wvu.edu/how-to-apply

Once students have begun coursework in either online or on campus programs, they are not permitted to switch.

Request more information on the Online MSW program.

Watch this 10 minute video for an overview of the online MSW programs and application process.



Deadlines for applications for Summer and Fall 2021 admission

**On-Campus Summer/Fall 2021 applications are now closed. Online MSW applications for Fall 2021 will remain open until April 15, 2021.  Apply now!

On-Campus Program

Advanced Standing (Full Time)

  • January 15 is the deadline for summer admission*. Students applying by this deadline will be given preference for graduate assistantships and scholarships. *Submission of an Advanced Standing (full time) application between January 15 and March 1 will be considered after March 1.

Regular Standing (Full and Part Time) and Advanced Standing (Part Time)

  • January 15 is the priority deadline*. Applications submitted by January 15 will be given preference for graduate assistantships and scholarships.
  • March 1 is the standard deadline*. All applications must be submitted by March 1 for consideration.

Online Program

Regular and Advanced Standing (Part Time Only)

  • February 1 is the priority deadline.* Applications submitted by February 1 will be given preference for scholarships.
  • April 15 is the standard deadline.* Applications submitted between February 2 and April 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Please remember that all required materials must be received and processed by the deadline dates listed above. Keep in mind transcripts, references, and test scores often take longer than anticipated to arrive.