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Due to statewide budget cuts and the closure of all West Virginia University (WVU) extended campus Master of Social Work (MSW) programs, the Collaborative MSW Program through WVU and West Virginia State University (WVSU) is no longer accepting applications. Our WVU/WVSU Collaborative MSW Program will conclude with the graduation of our current cohort in August 2018.

Collaborative MSW Program WITh WVSU and WVU

In Fall 2016, the Department of Social Work launched a new collaborative MSW degree program between WVSU and West Virginia University. This partnership provides the opportunity to offer a fulltime, daytime option for eligible students who want to complete a Master of Social Work degree in 12 months.
WVU has offered a part-time evening MSW degree program in the Kanawha Valley for many years, and this collaboration expands the education possibilities for both universities. As part of the partnership, students will take daytime classes on the WVSU campus, and WVSU professors will assist in teaching and advising. Degrees are awarded by WVU, with the presidential signature and university seal from both institutions appearing on the diploma.
Learn more with our Frequently Asked Questions or APPLY NOW through WVU's Department of Social Work website.
Additional questions? Contact Dr. Brenda Wamsley at the WVSU Department of Social Work at or (304) 766-5240.

image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowReasons to Choose the WVU/WVSU Collaborative MSW Program
Advance Your Career as a Social Worker
• An MSW is often required for social work positions in specialized clinical settings, such as health care, veteran’s services, mental health and addiction services.
• An advanced degree leads to higher salaries within the field of social work.
• Supervisory and administrative positions within social work settings often require a master’s degree.
• An MSW is the minimum educational requirement for private clinical practice.
• Regardless of setting, an MSW expands career options.
Benefits of the Collaborative Program
• Personal attention from professors in small, familiar classroom settings.
• Choice of two curriculum tracks:
1. Direct Practice
2. Community Organization & Social Administration (COSA)
• Completion in as little as 12 months if you qualify for Advanced Standing admission.
• Support and fellowship through the Graduate Social Work Organization (GSWO).
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowAdmission Requirements
Types of Admission
Advanced Standing
Applicants who have received a BSW from a Council of Social Work Education-accredited program within the last eight years may apply for Advanced Standing, enabling the student to move directly to the program’s advanced curriculum and waiving 12 credits of foundation-level courses, as well as the foundation field experience.
Regular Standing
Applicants who have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than social work are eligible to apply for Regular Standing admission. Regular Standing students must take 12 credits of foundation-level courses, as well as a foundation field experience, prior to taking the program’s advanced curriculum.
  • For the Fall 2017, the WVU/WVSU collaborative will only be accepting applications for Advanced Standing Initiative
Admission Requirements
The School of Social Work considers past academic performance, standardized test scores, paid and volunteer experiences in the human service field, references, personal qualifications, and commitment to social work as evidenced in the applicant’s admission essay.
A candidate must have:
• A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants whose GPA is below a 3.0 may be granted “provisional” admission if they demonstrate a potential for graduate studies. In addition, applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 must demonstrate aptitude for graduate study as evidenced by performance on the GRE.
• International students whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL and the GRE (if their GPA is below a 3.0).
Application Deadlines
Please note: ALL required application materials must be received and processed by close of business (4:45pm) on the day of the deadline. University processing can take 2-3 weeks. We encourage you to submit your materials at least 2-3 weeks before the deadline date. Remember: Transcripts, References, GRE scores often take longer than anticipated to arrive.
Priority: March 1 
Applications submitted by this March 1 priority deadline will be given preference for graduate assistantships and scholarships.
Standard: April 1 
All applications must be submitted by April 1 for consideration.
Late Application: May 1
All applications must be submitted by May 1. Late application deadline acceptance is based upon available space.
Completed applications received after the May 1 deadline will be reviewed during the NEXT admission cycle, which begins March 1 of the next year. We do not review applications or admit students at any other time.
The Direct Practice Curriculum prepares students with the knowledge and skills to provide direct and clinical services to individuals, families, and small treatment groups. Direct practitioners provide services in diverse arenas, such as hospitals, mental health clinics, child protective agencies, aging programs, family counseling services, correctional institutions, and drug and alcohol abuse programs.
Fall Semester
SOWK 621 – Human Behavior, Diversity, & Social Justice (3)
SOWK 633 – Social Policy Analysis, Advocacy, & Deliberation (3)
SOWK 643 – Psychopathology & Social Work Practice (3)
SOWK 649 – Advanced Practice with Individuals (3)
Practice Elective
Spring Semester
SOWK 650 – Advanced Practice with Families & Groups (3)
SOWK 682 – Advanced Field Experience (6)
Practice Elective (3)
Practice Elective (3)
Summer Semester
SOWK 618 – Personal Practice Assessment (3)
SOWK 682 – Advanced Field Experience (6)
Practice Elective (3)
The Community Organization & Social Administration (COSA) Curriculum prepares students with the knowledge and skills to provide leadership to communities in the development, administration, and support of service programs. COSA graduates help foster a more just and democratic society by taking positions in federal administrative agencies, city and state planning agencies, human services management in the public and private sectors, politics, and research and development organizations.
Fall Semester
SOWK 621 – Human Behavior, Diversity, & Social Justice (3)
SOWK 633 – Social Policy Analysis, Advocacy, & Deliberation (3)
SOWK 654 – Social Agency & Program Administration (3)
SOWK 656 – Non-profit Financial Management (3)
Practice Elective
Spring Semester
SOWK 651 –Community Organizing Theory & Practice (3)
SOWK 682 – Advanced Field Experience (6)
Practice Elective (3)
Practice Elective (3)
Summer Semester
SOWK 618 – Personal Practice Assessment (3)
SOWK 682 – Advanced Field Experience (6)
Practice Elective (3)
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowFrequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Collaborative Master of Social Work Degree program? It is an innovative model that combines the resources and expertise of West Virginia’s two land-grant universities to expand the Master of Social Work (MSW) program offered by WVU in Southern WV since 1995.
2. Where is the program offered? It is offered exclusively in Kanawha County on the campuses of WVU (Kanawha City) and WVSU (Institute).
3. How long does it take to complete the program? Students who qualify for Advanced Standing admission have the option of studying full-time, completing the MSW degree program in just 12 months.
4. Where and when are classes held? 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.
5. Who teaches the classes? Classes are taught by full-time faculty of both Universities as well as by highly qualified and experienced adjunct faculty for selected courses.
6. Which University awards the degree? The MSW degree is accredited and awarded by WVU. Both University seals appear on the diploma along with signatures of both University Presidents.
7. When does the program begin? Students begin classes in August each year.
8. Is financial support available? Financial support is available to qualified students through the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training program and meritorious tuition waivers (as available),
9. Why is the WVU/WVSU Collaborative MSW degree program a good option for me? The Collaborative MSW Degree Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and enables students to:
• receive personal attention from professors in small classroom settings;
• choose either the micro (Direct Practice) or macro (Community Organization & Social Administration) practice option;
• learn from diverse, expert faculty from two esteemed universities; and
• complete the degree in as little as 12 months (Advanced Standing)
10. How do I apply? Apply online at:
Application deadlines are March 1, April 1, and May 1 of each year.

Faculty & Staff

Ms. Lee
Ms. Lee Altiery
Title IV-E Program Assistant
Phone: (304) 766-3018
Ms. Rita
Ms. Rita Brown
Associate Professor/Title IV-E Coordinator
Phone: (304) 766-3273
Ms. Yvonne
Ms. Yvonne Lee
Adjunct Instructor/Social Worker
Phone: 304-766-3098
Sonja McClung
Administrative Assistant Sr.
Phone: (304) 766-3254
Dr. Raphael
Dr. Raphael Mutepa
Associate Professor
Phone: (304) 766-3234
Dr. Kerri
Dr. Kerri Steele
Assistant Professor
Phone: (304) 766-3282
Dr. Brenda
Dr. Brenda  Wamsley
Department Chair
Phone: (304) 766-5240
Dr. Brenda
Dr. Brenda  Wamsley
Department Chair
916 Wallace Hall
Phone: (304) 766-5240

APPLY NOW through WVU's Department of Social Work website.
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