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WVU Provisional License Program

The School of Social Work at West Virginia University offers the option for provisionally licensed social workers in West Virginia to take courses required for the provisional license as non-degree seeking students. Provisionally licensed social workers may attend these classes either in person or online.

There is also an expedited application review for admission to the MSW program for provisionally licensed social workers who successfully complete at least one of the required academic courses for the provisional license at WVU. These individuals have the option to apply for the part-time or full-time, online or on-campus programs, with rolling admits in fall, spring, and summer semesters.

How to apply to take required courses as a non-degree seeking student: 

Provisionally licensed social workers can enroll in the required classes starting in August 2023. Those who are interested in taking one or more of the required courses should:

1.)   Complete the WVU Graduate Admissions application to be admitted as a non-degree seeking student. 

2.)   Pay the one-time $60 application fee

3.)   Contact the MSW Program Director, Dr. Mary Christensen ( for instructions regarding registration. Registration for Fall 2023 will be open until the add/drop deadline (8/22/23).

The required courses for the WV provisional license are:

·        SOWK 520 Human Behavior in the Social Environment

·        SOWK 530 Professional Identity and Social Justice

·        SOWK 531 Policy I

·        SOWK 540 Generalist Practice I

SOWK 520, SOWK 530, and SOWK 540 are typically offered in the Fall semester and SOWK 531 in the spring semester. All courses are offered through on-campus or online delivery modalities.