Information Session Jan. 26 to Explore Innovative Master’s Degree in Social Work

UPDATED: Due to weather issues, this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Contact: Kimberly Osborne
(304) 766-3363
Jan. 19, 2016
Information Session Jan. 26 to Explore Innovative Master’s Degree in Social Work
Collaborative Partnership between WVSU, WVU Brings Program to Kanawha Valley

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – Those interested in earning a master’s degree in social work are invited to an informational session, Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center on the campus of West Virginia State University (WVSU).

Through an innovative collaborative partnership between WVSU and West Virginia University (WVU), students will be able to earn a master’s degree in social work in as little as one year beginning in August 2016.

Classes will be offered at two convenient locations in the Kanawha Valley; on the WVSU Institute campus and at WVU Charleston, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, in Kanawha City.

“This partnership between West Virginia’s only two land-grant universities will make earning a master’s degree in social work an obtainable option for both traditional students, and for those who continue to work while studying,” said WVSU President Dr. Brian O. Hemphill.

Students who qualify for advanced standing admission to the program will have the option of studying full-time and may complete the program in one year. The program also offers part-time study options to advanced standing students to complete the program in two years, or regular standing students to complete in three years.

“One of the many draws to this collaboration between our two universities is our approach to continuing education opportunities,” said WVU President Gordon Gee. “Fit and flexibility are key, and this new master’s degree program is a wonderful example of our commitment to helping students around the Mountain State launch careers doing what they love.”

Students enrolled in the full-time advanced standing program take all required day classes two days per week on the WVSU campus in Institute. Some courses are offered online. Part-time students take two evening classes at the WVU Charleston campus, located in Kanawha City. Students have the option of taking some elective courses at either campus or online.

The Collaborative MSW degree program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The first group of students will begin classes in August 2016 and admission applications will begin being accepted March 1, 2016.

Financial support is available for students who qualify.

Applications are available online at

For those interested in attending the Jan. 26 event, RSVP’s are requested by Jan. 22 to Dr. Brenda Wamsley at

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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