Social work is a valuable profession with broad opportunities to serve local, national, and international populations. Accordingly, the mission of the MSW program at WVU is to educate graduate students in advanced integrated social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and social administration. The focus of this education is to produce competent and effective practitioners committed to enhancing social well-being and quality of life with particular emphasis on vulnerable and oppressed populations in small towns and rural areas characteristic of the Appalachian region.
All students will specialize in Advanced Integrated Practice. The curriculum prepares students to integrate micro, mezzo, and macro practice skills across service sectors and within interdisciplinary teams to effectively address social and human problems across a wide range of practice areas, with a particular emphasis on effective models of rural service delivery.
Program Application RequirementsResume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio
Graduate Program Application Requirements
Resume/CV, 3 Letters of Recommendation (for Advanced Standing students with BSW, one letter of recommendation must be BSW Program Director), Admissions Essay
Note these important deadlines:
March 1 is the priority deadline. Applications submitted by March 1 will be given preference for graduate assistantships and scholarships. Advanced Standing students: March 1 is the deadline for summer/fall 2018 admission. Submission of an Advanced Standing application between March 2 and April 1 will be considered pending available openings.
April 1 is the standard deadline. All applications must be submitted by April 1 for consideration. (Advanced Standing students: see note above)
May 1 is the late application deadline for Regular Standing students only.
All applications for Regular Standing students must be submitted by May 1, and late application acceptance for Regular Standing is based upon available space.
Program Application Test RequirementsGRE (if GPA is below 3.0 and above 2.75) TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants
Fall PriorityJanuary 15
Fall DeadlineMarch 1
Spring PriorityDo Not Admit
Spring DeadlineDo Not Admit
Summer PriorityJanuary 15 (Advanced Standing Full-Time Only)
Summer DeadlineJanuary 15 (Advanced Standing Full-Time Only)
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The M.S.W. program at WVU has enjoyed continuous accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education since the 1940s, and our B.S.W. program was among the first programs to receive accreditation in 1974. The M.S.W. program in the School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. www.cswe.org