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Social Work MSW – Advanced Standing

Aug. 17, 2022

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Courses Required

$643

Cost Per Credit Hour

36

Total Credit Hours

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Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Degree Awarded: Master of Social Work

Expand Your Reach

The Master of Social Work offered by the WVU School of Social Work prepares you to be a well-rounded advanced practitioner who can respond to the complex realities of practice in a variety of roles and settings. The specialization in advanced integrated practice builds on generalist practice and prepares you 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.

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Learning Formats

Online Courses


Start Date

August 17, 2022


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Program Details

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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.

Students are eligible to pursue the Advanced Standing degree plan option if they have earned a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited university within the previous 8 years. The Advanced Standing degree plan option can be pursued through our online program on a part-time basis only. Students who pursue the Advanced Standing degree plan option through the online program begin the program in the fall semester and complete the degree the summer after their second year in classes.

Students with a bachelor’s degree other than social work, or with a BSW degree earned more than eight years ago, should go to the Social Work MSW – Regular Standing page.

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Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • 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.
NOTE: International applicants living outside of the United States are not eligible to apply to the online MSW program. Application and Application Fee
  • Complete the combined WVU Graduate/School of Social Work application
  • $60 application fee
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  • Submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions at P.O. Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506. ( *NOTE: official transcripts for applicants who attended West Virginia University will be uploaded by WVU Graduate Admissions upon submission of the graduate application).
  • Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded by applicants in their application for the purposes of review for admission. However, official transcripts are required before a formal acceptance to the MSW program is offered.
Resume
  • Submit a current resume including employment, volunteer experience, including start and end dates.

Letters of Recommendation

Three professional 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*** (see note below):

  • Academic**(see note for advanced-standing applicants below)
  • Social Work/Human Service Experience (volunteer or paid)
  • Employer

**It is preferred that advanced-standing applicants submit a supporting recommendation from the director of their undergraduate program. Use this as the academic reference. A recommendation from a different BSW faculty member is also acceptable.

***The recommendation suggestions above are preferable, however, for applicants that have been out of school for many years or who have been working in the field, a combination of 3 professional recommendations that address your ability to handle the rigors of graduate studies and your experience and skills in the helping field are acceptable. For students right out of undergraduate studies with little work experience; a combination of 3 professional recommendations that include 2 academic references and a social work/human service experience recommendation are appropriate. Questions? Contact us at socialwork@mail.wvu.edu.

Admission Essay

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

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

Program Admissions Details

Estimated Tuition and Fees

Social Work MSW – Advanced Standing requires 36 credit hours to complete and is offered on a part-time basis only. Cost per credit hour is $643.

Total Degree Cost

$23,148 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $643
3 $1,929
6 $3,858
9 $5,787

Financial Aid

WVU provides a comprehensive approach to helping you finance your education. Learn more by visiting the Student Financial Services website.

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by the March 1 deadline to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827; and
  • Check with your employer to see if they provide financial support for earning your graduate degree.

Career Paths

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: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Rehabilitation Counselor
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Mental Health Counselor
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Healthcare Social Worker
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Educational, Guidance School and Career Counselors
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Social Work Teacher - Postsecondary
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Social and Community Service Manager
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Child, Family and School Social Worker
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Mental Health and Substance Abouse Social Worker
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *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).

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