West Virginia State, Concord Universities Sign Social Work Agreement Creating Pathway to Graduate School

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December 20, 2022
West Virginia State, Concord Universities Sign Social Work Agreement 
Creating Pathway to Graduate School 

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University’s (WVSU) Department of Social Work is partnering with Concord University’s Master of Social Work to establish an articulation agreement for a more efficient transfer of students from undergraduate studies at WVSU to Concord’s graduate program. 

The agreement establishes a plan of study for undergraduate students at WVSU that will allow them to then enter the master of social work program at Concord, making it a seamless transition and process. Both WVSU and Concord have accredited programs through the Council on Social Work Education.

“We’re excited to partner with Concord University on this amazing opportunity for our students to continue their educational journey and become very capable and qualified master’s level Social Workers, which are so needed in West Virginia,” said Dr. Kerri Steele, dean of the College of Professional Studies and chair of the Social Work Department at WVSU.  

WVSU advisors will counsel students to enroll in the prerequisite social work courses at WVSU that have been accepted by Concord’s Master of Social Work program. Concord will waive the application fee and reserve a set number of seats for qualifying WVSU Bachelor of Social Work graduates each year into its master’s program. 

“The Concord-WVSU collaboration further solidifies a long-standing partnership providing well educated professional social workers throughout the state,” said Dr. Scott Inghram, director of Concord’s MSW program and chair of the Department of Social Work and Sociology. “We are confident that this is just one among many steps in a joint venture to strengthen our communities through exemplary educational efforts.”

Students intending to receive a bachelor of social work degree from WVSU who have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher, with a 3.0 or higher in social work courses, may apply for admission to the master of social work program at Concord. They must submit a transcript, three letters of reference, and a personal statement addressing the criteria requested for the program. 

For more information on Concord’s Master of Social Work, visit concord.edu/MSW.

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