SOCIAL WORK M.S.W.

August 16, 2017
Next Start Date
$533 | $1,354
Residents | Non-Residents Cost Per Credit Hour

Overview

The Master of Social Work degree is offered on a part-time basis in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Wheeling. The program, housed in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, provides marketable, professional social work education for students interested in a variety of fields of practice. These sites provide the social work curriculum using a cohort model. Thus, admissions are not made every year. Students who matriculate to extended campus sites take at least six credit hours each semester and enroll continuously, even in summer months. Individual courses are not repeated on a regular basis in these locations; thus students must closely follow their degree plans. Extended campus students should be aware that limited enrollment and interest in any particular practice track or field of practice may, in turn, limit the options available at the site. Students, however, always have the option to enroll in courses at any other site or on the main campus in Morgantown in order to meet a strong interest in a particular area of study.


Applicants who have received a BSW from a Council of Social Work Education-accredited program within the last eight years may apply for advanced standing, which requires 42 hours for completion. Applicants who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field other than social work will be admitted as Regular Standing students, which requires 58 hours for completion.



Accreditation

West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The MSW program also holds full accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).



Admissions

The School of Social Work considers past academic performance, standardized test scores, paid and volunteer experiences in the human service field, references, personal qualifications, and commitment to social work as evidenced in the applicant’s admission essay. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a grade point average of at least 3.0. Applicants whose GPA is below a 3.0 may be granted “provisional” admission if they demonstrate a potential for graduate studies. In addition, applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 must demonstrate aptitude for graduate study as evidenced by performance on the Graduate Record Exam. International students whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL and the GRE if their GPA is below a 3.0.


Students should also have 30 hours of courses in the liberal arts, which include the social, behavioral, and biological sciences and evidence of study related to diverse cultures, social conditions, social problems, and individual lifespan.


Applicants who have received a BSW from a Council of Social Work Education-accredited program within the last eight years may apply for Advanced Standing. These students move directly to the program’s advanced curriculum, waiving 12 credits of foundation level courses as well as the foundation field experience. Admission requirements are the same as above with the addition of the following:


  • A supporting recommendation from the director of the undergraduate social work program
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in undergraduate social work courses

Application Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • Submit resume
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation
  • Submit an admission essay which addresses human services and community work, professional ethics, social work practice, and an addendum that can address any gaps or deficiencies in their academic record
  • Advanced standing applicants must also submit a practice example. Learn more on the School of Social Work website.
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:

    WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510

    or

    electronically sent to GraduateAdmissions@mail.wvu.edu


Cost

ResidentsNon-Residents
Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2016-2017

$533

Per Credit Hour

$1,354

Per Credit Hour

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.



Curriculum

Students enter as a cohort which creates an environment of supportive learning that often turns into lifelong professional networks and friendships. The start dates for various cohorts varies based on location. Contact wvuonline@mail.wvu.edu or call (800) 253-2762 for details on programs in your area.


Those who do not have an undergraduate degree in social work are admitted as “Regular Standing” students who need to complete 58 credit hours of study. The degree can be completed in three years going part-time. Those with an accredited BSW degree earned in the last eight years can be admitted as “Advanced Standing” and complete their MSW with 42 credit hours in two years. Students are expected to take 6 credits each term including summer.


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The curriculum consists of the following courses:


Regular Standing (58 credit hours)


Semester 1

SOWK 520 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SOWK 540 Generalist Social Work Practice

Semester 2

SOWK 513 Social Work Research Methods
SOWK 531 Social Welfare Policies & Services

Semester 3

SOWK 581 Generalist Field Experience
Practice Elective

Semester 4

SOWK 621 Human Behavior, Diversity & Social Justice
SOWK 654 Social Agency & Program Administration

Semester 5

SOWK 633 Social Policy Analysis, Advocacy & Deliberation
SOWK 651 Community Organization, Theory & Practice

Semester 6

Practice Elective (3 credits)
Practice Elective (3 credits)
SOWK 682 Advanced Field Instruction

Semester 7

SOWK 682 Advanced Field Experience (2, 4, or 6 credits)
Practice Elective (3 credits)
SOWK 656 Nonprofit Financial Management

Semester 8

SOWK 682 Advanced Field Experience (2, 4, or 6 credits)
Practice Elective (3 credits)
SOWK 616 Program Evaluation Research

Semester 9

Practice Elective (3 credits)

Total of 12 credit hours of Practice Electives required to graduate.


Advanced Standing (42 credit hours)


Semester 1

SOWK 654 Program & Agency Administration
SOWK 621 Human Behavior, Diversity & Social Justice

Semester 2

SOWK 633 Social Policy Analysis, Advocacy & Deliberation
SOWK 651 Community Organization, Theory & Practice

Semester 3

SOWK 682 Advanced Field Experience
Practice Elective (3 credits)
Practice Elective (3 credits)

Semester 4

SOWK 656 Nonprofit Financial Management
SOWK 682 Advanced Field Instruction (2, 4, or 6 credits)

Semester 5

SOWK 616 Program Evaluation
SOWK 682 Advanced Field Instruction (2, 4, or 6 credits)

Semester 6

Practice Elective (3 credits)

Total of 12 credit hours of Practice Electives required to graduate.


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