Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work

​At this very moment, there are people only you can reach...and differences only you can make.
~Mike Dooley (Author) 

The Mission of the Master of Social Work Program at Concord University is "to prepare graduates for advanced generalist social work practice with a specialized area in rural practice.  The Master of Social Work Program is built upon a systems approach and a strengths perspective, delivered in a manner that meets the needs of students that live and/or work primarily in rural areas."

MSW Students Learn To:

  • Conduct advanced social work practice, with a rural concentration, which operates from a systems and strengths perspective with the ability to respond to varying rural contexts, including diversity and difference and to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate at all levels including individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Think critically and examine issues within the rural context while applying knowledge from both a person in environment and human behavior perspective to determine appropriate methods of intervention and to communicate these in an ethical manner utilizing the strengths of rural settings.
  • Utilize an advanced reflective and developmental approach to practice.
  • Apply an advanced critical and analytical approach to practice that incorporates the unique culture and systems within rural settings and includes engaging in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Use advanced knowledge and skills in analyzing rural social policies and promoting change in rural settings through the development of more just and humane policies as they affect clients, social workers, and service systems.
  • Address the uniqueness of issues of human rights, mechanisms of operation, discrimination, and social and economic justice in order to improve the social and economic well-being of clients within rural settings across all levels of practice.

 

MSW Degree Requirements


Concord 2013 BSW Graduation PartyStudents without a BSW are required to complete the Standard Generalist Curriculum and then the student may enter the Advanced Generalist Curriculum.

Students with a CSWE accredited BSW (with a 3.0 GPA in Social Work classes and a 2.75 overall GPA) may apply directly to the Advanced Year (Advanced Standing).

Sixty (60) semester credit hours are required for graduation:  24 credit hours to be completed in the Generalist Curriculum and 36 credit hours to be completed in the Advanced Generalist Curriculum. The Generalist Year consists of fall, spring, and the first summer term. The Advanced Year consists of the fall, spring, first summer term and second summer term. Thus, if entering in the Generalist Year, the Master of Social Work can be completed in 2 calendar years of full-time study. A part-time schedule is available which can be completed within threes years or in a maximum of 4 calendar years of structured part-time professional education.

The Concord University MSW Program cannot grant social work course credit for any life experience and/or work experience.

The Social Work program uses the MSW Progression Sheet to keep track of the courses that students have taken towards the degree requirement. Download it below.

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MSW Progression Sheet (PDF)

Standard Generalist Curriculum (24 Credit Hours):

  • SOWK 501 Intro to Generalist Practice (3)
  • SOWK 511 Generalist of Human Behavior and Social Environment (3)
  • SOWK 521 Generalist of Policy (3)
  • SOWK 531 Generalist of Practice (3)
  • SOWK 541 Generalist of Research (3)
  • SOWK 551 Generalist Field Practicum (6)
  • SOWK 660 Special Topics (3)

Advanced Generalist Curriculum (36 Credit Hours):

(To be completed by students in both the Standard Generalist Program and the Advanced Generalist Program)

  • SOWK 613 Advanced Human Behavior and the Social Environment in Rural Settings (3)
  • SOWK 622 Advanced Policy in Rural Practice (3)
  • SOWK 633 Advanced Rural Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups (3)
  • SOWK 634 Advanced Rural Practice with Communities and Organizations (3)
  • SOWK 642 Advanced Rural Research (3)
  • SOWK 653 Advanced Field (A, B, and C) (9)
  • SOWK 661 Appalachian Culture, Structures, and Environment (3)
  • SOWK 660 Special Topics (9)

 

Admission Requirements to the Master of Social Work Program 


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Standard Generalist Program

Applicants Must:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • All official transcripts must be received directly from the registrar of each college/university attended
  • Have a 2.5 or higher GPA overall
  • Have a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 hours (provisional acceptance for applicants with lower GPA will be considered on an individual basis)
  • Submit two letters of academic reference (from your academic program. For applicants who graduated within the past seven years)
  • Submit one professional reference (from someone who knows the candidate well, preferably in a work or volunteer setting and is/was in a supervisory role with the candidate)
  • Submit a personal statement that includes the student's background, interests, experiences, and goals; perceptions regarding a social issue; views of social and economic justice in rural settings; and reasons for pursuing the MSW degree. 
  • Complete/submit the application for admission and although not required, you may submit a resume to supplement your application
  • The GRE is not required 

Advanced Standing MSW Program

Applicants Must: 

  • Have a bachelor of social work degree from an accredited CSWE undergraduate social work program 
  • All official transcripts must be received directly from the registrar of each college/university attended
  • Have a 2.75 or higher GPA
  • Have a 3.0 GPA in the social work classes (in rare cases a conditional status may be granted, this will be determined on a case by case basis)
  • Indicate application to the Advanced Standing Program on the application for admission
  • Submit two letters of academic reference (student's academic program, including one from a social work faculty member. For applicants who graduated within the past seven years)
  • Submit one professional reference (agency field instructor or an employer/supervisor)
  • Submit a personal statement that includes the student's background, interests, experiences, and goals; perceptions regarding a social issue; views of social and economic justice in rural settings; and reasons for pursuing the MSW degree
  • Complete/submit the application for admission and although not required, you may submit a resume to supplement your application
  • The GRE is not required

Application Deadlines
 

Fall Deadlines

  • May 15

Spring Deadline

  • November 15

Applicants can apply in person or they can apply online.

Online Application
Paper Application 

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact us. 

Dr. Scott Inghram
MSW Program Director
Professor of Social Work
304-384-5215
Email
Vanessa Howell
Administrative Associate
304-384-6260
Email
Department of Social Work & Sociology
Marsh Hall 107
PO Box 1000, F42
Athens, WV 24712