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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.

Full-time Advanced standing students who have already earned a BSW from a CSWE Accredited University begin in May and complete their degree in one calendar year (12 months) on campus.

Part-time Advanced Standing and full- and part-time Regular standing students (those who have earned a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university in another field of study) would start in the fall on campus. Part-time Advanced Standing students finish in the summer after their second year of classes.  Full-time Regular standing students finish in two years and part-time Regular Standing students finish in the summer after their third year of classes.  Both the BSW and the MSW programs are nationally accredited by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE). 

For more information, contact MSW Admissions & Recruitment at or 304-293-3280.


WVU School of Social Work has launched a fully online asynchronous MSW program which  starts in the fall of 2019.  This program is specially designed for students who cannot make it to Morgantown for classes, as a replacement for our extended campus programs which are phasing out as of Spring 2019. Students in the online program will pay in-state tuition, regardless of their current state residency. 

This program is offered as a part-time option with fall admission only. All students will follow the same degree plans as the part-time on-campus program under the Advanced Integrated Practice curriculum. Advanced Standing students will complete the degree in 2 years and Regular Standing students will complete the program in 3 years. 


Students should be aware that after applying to either the online or on-campus program, they will not be permitted to switch once they have begun their coursework. The online and on-campus applications and programs are being kept separate. 

However, students can apply to both the on-campus and online programs.  They will complete two applications, pay two $60 fees, and should indicate which option is their preference in their Admissions Essay or in the Addendum portion of the applications.

Click here to request more information on the Online MSW program. 

Deadlines for applications for Summer and Fall 2019 admission:

Advanced Standing (Full Time) - On Campus
  • 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) - On Campus
  • 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 4 and April 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 
  • June 14 is the final deadline for Advanced Standing applicants only.
*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.