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Master of Social Work (MSW)

This program educates graduate students in advanced social work practice either with individuals, families and groups or in community organizing 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.

The  Direct Practice Curriculum prepares students with the knowledge and skills to provide direct and clinical services to individuals, families, and small treatment groups. Direct practitioners provide services in diverse arenas, such as hospitals, mental health clinics, child protective agencies, aging programs, family counseling services, correctional institutions, and drug and alcohol abuse programs.

The Community Organizing & Social Administration (COSA) Curriculum prepares students with the knowledge and skills to provide leadership to communities in the development, administration, and support of service programs. COSA graduates help foster a more just and democratic society by taking positions in federal administrative agencies, city and state planning agencies, human services management in the public and private sectors, politics, and research and development organizations.

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

Fall 2017 update: The WVU School of Social Work is in the process of transitioning how we provide distance-based MSW education. In keeping up with changing distance education practices and the advancement of technology-supported education, the School of Social Work is shifting from the extended campus face-to-face distance education model and moving toward developing an online distance education MSW program.

Our intent in implementing the online program is to increase access to a WVU MSW education for students throughout the state and region and to offer working students greater convenience and flexibility for completing their MSW degree.

We anticipate offering the part-time online MSW program beginning in fall 2019.

Meanwhile all currently enrolled extended campus face-to-face cohorts will finish out their programs as originally planned. The WVU School of Social Work will continue to offer full-time and part-time face-to-face MSW programs in Morgantown.

Deadlines for applications for fall 2018 admission:

March 1, 2018: Priority Deadline

April 1, 2018: Regular Deadline

May 1, 2018: Late Deadline