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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. MSU’s Bachelor of Social Work program (BSW) is a community of social work teachers, scholars and learners dedicated to strengthening and enhancing individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. We promote academic excellence, student success and community engagement with evidence-based practice to prepare our student for generalist practice. The BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a national professional social work education standard-setting body.

You can complete a BSW on any of MSU’s four campuses: Mt. Sterling, Morehead, Ashland or Prestonsburg. The curriculum is delivered through a mix of face-to-face and online courses. The Mt. Sterling and Prestonsburg campuses offer classes one day a week. The Ashland and Morehead campuses typically offer classes two days a week. These options allow for flexibility in schedule and classroom interaction with professors and other students. Our model works to ensure that students can practice the profession and process their learning experience with guidance and interaction from professors and fellow students.

Students in our program gain hands-on experience through participation in more than 500 hours of field experience in agencies. 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.


You can complete a BSW on any of MSU’s four campuses: Ashland, Mt. SterlingPrestonsburg and Morehead campuses.





Program Requirements

  • The first step is admission to Morehead State University, see MSU's admission requirements.
  • You must also be admitted to the Bachelor of Social Work program (details below).
  • For course lists and program requirements please refer to the undergraduate catalog.

BSW Admission Process

The BSW program has a selective admission procedure. Applicants 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. Achieved an overall and Social Work GPA of 2.5.

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 Social Work Faculty Advisor:


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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