Social Work, M.S.W.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website: Applications are received in the Department of Social Work for the M.S.W. by the priority date of March 30.

Students also must provide two recommendations. The letters must be original, must be signed and be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. These may be e-mailed from a verifiable e-mail account of the person providing the reference. Reference letters sent via e-mail need to have the signature of the person providing the reference (signed and scanned). These may be sent to

Applicants are encouraged to submit at least one academic recommendation. If the applicant has not enrolled in classes within the past 5 years, this requirement may be waived and an additional work reference substituted. Evaluations should be submitted from persons who have been directly responsible for assessing and supervising your human service related work/volunteer experience and academic performance. Avoid personal references (coworkers, advisors, friends, clergy, personal therapists, etc.). The Marshall University Department of Social Work M.S.W. program requires two recommendation forms, however letters accompanying the forms are welcomed and strongly encouraged.

It is highly recommended that applicants who wish to be considered for the 36-hour Specialist/Advanced Standing program should submit their field evaluations if available, or one of their two letters of recommendation should be from their Director of Field Education, on-site Practicum Supervisor, or Practicum/Practice Instructor if the field evaluation is not accessible. The school reserves the right to request additional supportive material from persons acquainted with the applicant’s academic and/or practice capabilities.

Program Requirements

For Conditional and/or Provisional admissions: The student and advisor will develop a Plan of Study or blueprint for graduation requirements. The Plan of Study must be on file in the Graduate College office before the student registers for the 12th semester hour.

Behavioral Health Area of Specialized Practice

The Behavioral Health Area of Specialized Practice prepares students to conduct clinical social work practice in assessing, treating, and evaluating mental health, substance abuse, and physical health in relation to one another across practice settings. A focus throughout the specialization will be on understanding the multiple factors that influence health disparities and best practices to increase health equity, particularly for marginalized populations. There will be a special emphasis on effectively serving vulnerable populations with multiple needs. The Behavioral Health specialization integrates Generalist practice by enhancing and expanding on Generalist knowledge, values, and skills in the application of the planned change process across all size systems.

The Behavioral Health specialization extends and enhances the Generalist practice skills of engagement, assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation and termination across all sized systems by incorporating clinical courses focused on Advanced Clinical Social Work in Behavioral Health with Individuals and Families.

Plan of Study

Composition of the Master of Social Work Program Generalist/Foundation

Total Credit Hours30

Specialist/Advanced Curriculum

Field Instruction9
Total Credit Hours36

INTO Marshall Students

The Graduate Pathway program will require INTO students who are matriculating into social work to begin work toward their degree by taking SWK 203 Intro To Social Work.


The M.S.W. program consists of a foundation-level Generalist curriculum to include the following:

SWK 501Foundations of Gen Practice I3
SWK 511Foundations of HBSE3
SWK 521Foundations of Social Policy3
SWK 531Foundations of Gen Practice II3
SWK 541Foundations of Research3
SWK 551Foundations of Field Practicum (450 work hours)9

 All Generalist 2-year students must complete 66 credits in order to graduate from the program. All students enrolled in the regular 66 credit program must complete two separate (2-3 semesters each) academic yearlong field placements.

Advanced Standing in the Program

An applicant for admission to the Master of Social Work program who holds a baccalaureate degree from an undergraduate social work program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education may be admitted with advanced standing.

SWK 615Psychopathology3
SWK 631Int Health Models & Pract3
SWK 633Adv Clin SW Prac Ind Fam3

The spring semester includes the following courses:

SWK 634Adv SW Prac Gps Com & Org3
SWK 670Adv Theory & Pract Child3
SWK 673Family & Community Violence3
SWK 655Comorb Ment & Phy Disorders3
SWK 653Adv Field Practicum (450 work hours)9

Students who enter the program with Advanced Standing (30 credit hours total) complete only one (1) academic (two semesters) year-long field placement (9 credit hours, 450 work hours).