The School of Social Work is nationally recognized as a pioneer in rural social work education. The Master of Social Work degree is offered on a part-time basis in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Wheeling. The program, offered by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, provides 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.
Students enter as a cohort which creates an environment of supportive learning that often turns into lifelong professional networks and friendships. 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. Those holding an accredited B.S.W. degree can be admitted as “Advanced Standing” and complete their M.S.W. with 42 credit hours. Students are expected to take 6 credits each term including summer.
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International students will not be eligible for an I-20 student visa form from West Virginia University for this program.
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