Master of Social Work (MSW)
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 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:
- 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.)
- 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)
- Full or part time options
- Full time advanced standing students complete the degree in one calendar year (May/summer admission)
- Part time advanced standing students complete the degree in 2 years (fall admission)
- Full time regular standing students complete the degree in 2 years (fall admission)
- Part time regular standing students complete the degree in 3 years (fall admission)
- On Campus Frequently Asked Questions
- Field Internship Frequently Asked Questions
For more information, contact MSW Admissions & Recruitment at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-293-3280.
Watch this 11 minute video for an overview of the on campus MSW programs and application process.
- Part time with fall admission only
- In state tuition regardless of residency
- Advanced standing students complete the degree in 2 years
- Regular standing students complete the degree in 3 years
- Applicants can apply to both the on campus and online programs, each requiring a separate application and fees.
- Online Frequently Asked Questions
- Field Internship Frequently Asked Questions
Once students have begun coursework in either online or on campus programs, they are not permitted to switch.
Watch this 9 minute
video for an overview of the online MSW programs and application process.
Deadlines for applications for Summer and Fall 2022 admission
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.
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.