Social Work M.S.W.

Social Work MS graduates talk about the program.

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Photo: Eve Gellner, WVU MSW graduate and Supervising Independent Social Worker in Ohio.

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The School of Social Work within the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences offers the Master of Social Work degree on a part-time basis in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Wheeling. The part-time programs in off-campus locations provide persons living and working in these areas an opportunity to pursue an MSW degree without having to attend classes on the main campus in Morgantown. For Regular Standing students (those with baccalaureate degrees other than in social work) the degree plan includes 58 credit hours of study, while Advanced Standing students (those holding accredited BSW degrees) complete 42 credit hours in all.

Students enter into the program in a cohort model; therefore, students must follow their assigned degree plan. Students who matriculate to off-campus sites take at least six credit hours each semester and enroll continuously even in summer months. Off-campus students should note 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 always have the option to enroll in courses at any other site or on the main campus in Morgantown, if their interest in a particular area of study can be met in this way.

Field Requirements

Students are required to complete an internship that requires 16 to 24 hours per week. This field experience may be done at the work place, but may not include current job responsibilities.

The part-time MSW program offers marketable, professional social work education for students interested in a variety of fields of practice, including counseling and therapy, family social work practice, medical social work, geriatric social work, child and adolescent practice, social policy analysis, community organization, and non-profit management.

Social work is a well recognized and respected profession which often receives hiring preferences within the human services arena in comparison with other disciplines.

The majority of social work faculty are doctoral level professionals whose teaching and scholarship have served to maintain the Social Work program's continuous accreditation for over thirty years. The WVU School of Social Work offers the only accredited MSW program in West Virginia.

Admission Requirements

Students should hold a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of 2.75 or more. For those with a GPA above 3.0, the Graduate Record Exam requirement is waived, otherwise, GRE scores should be submitted. A Division of Social Work application, a Graduate School application, a personal statement, letters of references, and undergraduate transcripts are needed for admission into the program. Applications should be completed by May 1 for admission with the start of the following fall term. Application materials are downloadable from the Social Work Homepage.

Course Content

Two practice tracks and three fields of study are offered. The first practice track is Direct Practice, for those interested in working directly with potential consumers of social work services, such as individuals, families, and small groups. The second track is Community Organization/Social Administration, for those interested in indirect practice, such as program administration, social policy, advocacy, and community work. The three fields of study are Children and Families, Behavioral Health, and Aging and Health.

International students will not be eligible for an I-20 student visa form from West Virginia University for this program.

State laws regarding distance education vary from state-to-state. Residents of other states can check the state authorization page to see if there are approvals for their enrollment at West Virginia University.