Master of Social Work


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.

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.


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).



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Master of Social Work requires 36 credit hours to complete and is offered on a part-time basis only. Cost per credit hour is $631.

Residents and Non-Residents
Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Cost
1 $631
3 $1,893
6 $3,786
9 $5,679

Financial Aid

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.

Next Start Date: August 21, 2019    Apply Now


What can you do with a Master of Social Work?

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.

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).

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

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