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Social Work

Social work is a profession for those who find fulfillment and reward in making a difference in the everyday lives of individuals. Specifically, social workers help those in need of critical resources including: medical and mental health services, income maintenance, child welfare and protection, domestic violence intervention, and assistance for the elderly. Social work also offers the opportunity to improve the community and make it a better place to live. The bachelor's of social work (BSW) prepares students as generalist practitioners for entry-level professional practice.

Students in our program gain hands-on experience through participation in undergraduate research fellowships. Our program also offers numerous opportunities for students to network with career professionals and gain experiences through involvement in organizations like the Student Association of Social Work.


Public Child Welfare Certification

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family services has implemented the Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) at MSU along with 10 other university undergraduate social work programs in order to better serve the children and families in this state. The goal of this program is to fill child welfare with the most competent and well-trained social workers who can provide high quality services immediately following employment. The program offers undergraduate social work juniors and seniors their academic program while they participate in the cabinet's child welfare training curricula. Learn more.


MSU also provides the option of obtaining a master's in social work at the Morehead State University campus, via the University of Kentucky (contact Terry Stivers at 606-783-2409).

Program Requirements

Students must first complete the general MSU admission requirements. The BSW Program has a selective admission procedure. The student must have:

  1. Been unconditionally admitted to Morehead State University;
  2. Declared Social Work as major (Area of Concentration);
  3. Completed 60 hours of credit towards degree including pending hours;
  4. Completed all University General Education requirements;
  5. Completed or is currently enrolled in SWK 210 and SWK 230;
  6. Earned a “C” or better in SWK 210 and SWK 230;
  7. and Achieved an overall and Social Work GPA of 2.5.

Admission Process

Students seeking a Bachelor of Social Work degree must apply to the Social Work Program the semester before the first set of required core courses (SWK 320, SWK 324 and SWK 325).  Students on the Morehead and Prestonsburg campuses will apply during the spring semester and begin the program in the fall semester.  Students on Ashland and Mt. Sterling campuses will apply in the fall semester and begin the program in the spring semester.  Admission is limited to a total of 120 students per academic year.  The application priority deadline is three weeks prior to the first week of Advance Registration for classes.  The Social Work Admissions Committee will evaluate all applicants and determine students that are accepted into each campus cohort.


Applicants must complete the following materials and submit them to their Academic Advisor:

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Curriculum Maps

For a complete list of program requirements and additional course information, visit the undergraduate catalog website.

Career Opportunities

Some may believe that all social workers are employed in the Department of Community Based Services. While this is one viable place of employment for individuals with a social work degree, there are numerous other areas of social work and places for employment. Morehead State University alumni with a bachelors in social work are employed in state, local, and regional social service agencies including: health, hospice and eldercare, rehabilitation, domestic violence shelters, substance abuse treatment as well as many other agencies.

Graduates of our social work program become advocates for those in need of critical human resources and may work to improve:

  • Anti-violence facilities
  • Assistance for the elderly
  • Child welfare and protection
  • Domestic violence intervention
  • Family planning and preservation
  • Income maintenance
  • Medical and mental health services
  • Services for the homeless
  • Substance abuse prevention  

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.

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