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The mission of the Social Work Program is to prepare students for the beginning level of professional practice as social work generalists in a wide range of settings, with diverse populations, and with a special sense and appreciation for the peoples and institutions of West Virginia


Our undergraduate Social Work program has a long tradition of preparing students for beginning generalist practice in a unique and culturally diverse learning environment. The program has been fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1975 and has graduated over 600 students serving in child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, aging, healthcare, youth services, corrections, disabilities, schools and social justice settings. Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at other universities throughout the country.

If you enjoy working with people and are looking for a profession that is interesting and fulfilling, you should consider Social Work as your career choice.

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Collaborative MSW Program Begins August 2016

The Department of Social Work is pleased to announce a new collaborative MSW degree program between WVSU and WVU. This partnership provides the opportunity to offer a full-time day time option for eligible students who want to complete a degree in 12 months. WVU has offered a part-time evening MSW degree program in the Kanawha Valley for many years, and the collaboration expands the education possibilities for both universities. As part of the partnership between the two institutions, students will take day time classes on the WVSU campus, and WVSU professors will assist in teaching and advising. The program begins August 2016. Interested students can contact Dr. Brenda Wamsley at the WVSU Department or bociai worK at wamsleyb@wvstateu.edu or 304-766-5240.

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For more information about the Department of Social Work please contact:

Brenda Wamsley, Ph.D., Chair
Department of Social Work
916 Wallace Hall
West Virginia State University
P.O. Box 1000
Institute, WV 25112-1000

Go to Information Request page to request information regarding: Title IV-E Junior/Senior Tuition Stipends; the Social Work Program; Application for Admission to the Social Work Program; or, Health/Wellness Information.

Departmental Phone Number: (304) 766-3307

In July 2015, WVSU's Social Work Program was ranked 10th among the 50 Most Affordable Selective Schools for a Bachelor's of Social Work in the country by Social Work Degree Guide.



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