Social Work M.S.W.

August 21, 2019
Next Start Date
$597
Per Credit Hour

Overview

The WVU Master of Social Work program educates students to become advanced integrated practice social workers. The specialization in advanced integrated practice builds on generalist practice and prepares students to integrate micro, mezzo, and macro practice skills across service sectors and within interdisciplinary teams to effectively address social and human problems pertinent to a wide range of professional practice areas, with a particular emphasis on effective models of rural service delivery.

 

The advanced integrated practice curriculum provides an integrative approach to social work where students are prepared for both direct practice and administrative roles. This curriculum prepares WVU MSW graduates to be well-rounded advanced practitioners who can respond to the complex realities of practice in a variety of roles and settings.

 

The Online MSW Program is provided on a part-time basis only. Advanced Standing students who have already earned a BSW from a CSWE-accredited University within the previous 8 years begin in fall and complete their degree in two years. Regular Standing students (those who have earned a bachelor’s degree in another field of study) also start in the fall and complete their degree in three years. Advanced Standing students finish in the summer after their second year of classes, and Regular Standing students finish in the summer after their third year of classes.



Accreditation

West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Master of Social Work program is national accredited by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE).



Admissions

MSW Admission Process

The School of Social Work has an online application process. To apply, go to graduateadmissions.wvu.edu/

 

Application Deadlines

 

REGULAR STANDING (Part Time) and ADVANCED STANDING (Part Time)

  • February 1 is the priority deadline. Applications submitted by February 1 will be given preference for scholarships.
  • April 15 is the standard deadline. All applications must be submitted by April 15 for consideration. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis from late February through April 15.

 

Application Requirements

 

Note: Materials marked with an ' * ' must be uploaded/submitted at graduateadmissions.wvu.edu/ in the Supplemental Material section.

 

REGULAR STANDING

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university

 

ADVANCED STANDING

  • Applicants who have received a BSW from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited program within the last eight years may apply for Advanced Standing.
  • Advanced Standing allows students with a bachelor’s degree to move directly to the program’s advanced curriculum, waiving foundation-level courses, as well as the foundation field experience.

 

GRADE POINT AVERAGE

  • A 2.75 overall GPA is required, though a 3.0 GPA is preferred
  • Advanced Standing applicants should have a 3.25 or higher GPA in their undergraduate social work courses
  • Students with an overall GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 must submit GRE test scores. Official test scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to WVU. The Institution code is 5904.

 

APPLICATION AND APPLICATION FEE*

  • Complete the combined WVU Graduate/School of Social Work application
  • $60 application fee

 

TRANSCRIPTS

  • Submit official transcripts to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions at P.O. Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506

 

RESUME*

  • Submit a current resume, including employment and volunteer experience

 

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Three letters of recommendation are required. Contact information for these individuals should be provided within the online Graduate Application. Please submit a recommendation from each of the following categories:

  • Academic (Note: Advanced Standing applicants must submit a recommendation from the director of their undergraduate program)
  • Social Work/Human Service Experience (volunteer or paid)
  • Employer

 

TESTING

Students with an overall GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 must submit GRE test scores. Official test scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to WVU. The Institution code is 5904.

 

ADMISSION ESSAY:

All applicants must submit an Admission Essay. Please see detailed guidelines for the essay on the WVU School of Social Work website.

 

CASE STUDY

Students applying for Advanced Standing status must also complete a case study on a hypothetical practice example.

 

For more information, contact Master of Social Work Admissions & Recruitment at socialwork@mail.wvu.edu or phone (304) 293-3280.

 



Cost

Residents Non-Residents
Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2018-2019

$597

Per Credit Hour

$597

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

The program is 36 credit hours for Advanced Standing students and the degree can be completed in 2 years. The program is 60 credits for Regular Standing Students and the degree can be completed in 3 years. All courses are offered online except for the field internships which will be arranged in or near the student’s home community.

 

View Curriculum

 

 

Curriculum: Advanced Standing

 

Advanced Courses:

SOWK 616 Evaluation Research in Social Work
SOWK 633 Social Policy Analysis, Advocacy, and Deliberation
SOWK 643 Assessment and Diagnosis
SOWK 649 Practice with Individuals
SOWK 650 Practice with Families and Groups
SOWK 654 Organizational Administration and Leadership
SOWK 656 Financial Management and Grant Writing
SOWK 682 Advanced Field Experience
 

Electives

(Select two of the following)

SOWK 626 Child Mental Health: Promotion, Prevention, and Treatment
SOWK 627 Clinical Practice in Integrated Healthcare
SOWK 675 Addiction and Social Work Practice
SOWK 680 Child Welfare Continuum
GERO 645 Fundamentals of Gerontology
GERO 681 Rural Gerontology
 

Curriculum: Regular Standing

SOWK 513 Research Methods
SOWK 520 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SOWK 540 Generalist Practice 1: Individuals, Families, and Groups
SOWK 531 Social Welfare Policy and Programs
GERO 530 Professional Identity and Social Justice
GERO 541 Generalist Practice 2: Rural Community Macro Practice
GERO 581 Generalist Field Practice
 

Advanced Courses

SOWK 616 Evaluation Research in Social Work
SOWK 633 Social Policy Analysis, Advocacy, and Deliberation
SOWK 643 Assessment and Diagnosis
SOWK 649 Practice with Individuals
GERO 650 Practice with Families and Groups
GERO 654 Organizational Administration and Leadership
GERO 656 Financial Management and Grant Writing
GERO 682 Advanced Field Experience
 

Electives

(Select two of the following)

SOWK 626 Child Mental Health: Promotion, Prevention, and Treatment
SOWK 627 Clinical Practice in Integrated Healthcare
SOWK 675 Addiction and Social Work Practice
SOWK 680 Child Welfare Continuum
GERO 645 Fundamentals of Gerontology
GERO 681 Rural Gerontology



Career Information

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Master of Social Work degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

 

Social Worker

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Social Work Teacher – Postsecondary

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Rehabilitation Counselor

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Social and Community Service Manager

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Mental Health Counselor

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Child, Family and School Social Worker

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Healthcare Social Worker

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Worker

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Educational, Guidance School and Vocational Counselors

Projected Growth: 10- 14% *Bright Outlook
 
Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).