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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).

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. Part-time Advanced Standing students finish in the summer after their second year of classes, 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 socialwork@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-3280.

August 2018 update: We are moving forward with our new program that will be offered fully online. The program will be launching in the fall of 2019. This program is specially designed for students who cannot make it in to Morgantown for classes, as a replacement for our satellite programs which are phasing out. Students in the online program will pay in-state tuition, regardless of their current state residency. 

This program will be 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. 

Our first cohort will only have 20 slots each for the Regular Standing and Advanced Standing tracks. Due to the limited number of slots, the online program will be more competitive than the on-campus program. 

Students wishing to apply to the online program must complete a separate application specifically for the online program. This application will be available after September 1st, 2018. Check back or contact us for more information (socialwork@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-3280). Students should be aware that after applying to either the online or on-campus program, they will not be permitted to switch to their other part f the way through their coursework. The online and on-campus applications and programs are being kept separate. 

Deadlines for applications for Summer and Fall 2019 admission:

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.
Advanced Standing (Full Time)
  • January 15 is the deadline for summer admission*.  Submission of an Advanced Standing (full time) application between January 15 and March 1 will be considered pending available openings.
*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.