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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's of social work program (details below).
  • For course lists and program requirements please refer to the undergraduate catalog.

Social work Admission Requirements

  • Be unconditionally admitted to Morehead State University.
  • Declare Social Work as major (Area of Concentration).
  • Complete 60 hours of credit towards degree including pending hours.
  • Complete all University General Education requirements.
  • Complete or is currently enrolled in SWK 210 and SWK 230.
  • Earn a “C” or better in SWK 210 and SWK 230.
  • Achieve an overall and Social Work GPA of 2.5.

Social Work Admission Process

Students seeking a BSW degree must apply to the social work program the semester before the first set of required core classes (SWK320, SWK324 and SWK325). Students on the Morehead and Prestonsburg campuses will apply during the spring semester and begin the program in the fall semester. Students on the Ashland and Mt. Sterling campuses will apply in the fall semester and begin the program in the spring semester. Admission is limited to 120 students per academic year. The application priority deadline is three weeks prior to the first week of advance registration for classes. The priority deadline will be announced and advertised on each of the campuses with a contact person with whom they will schedule an interview. The Social Work Admissions Committee will evaluate all applicants and determine students that are accepted into the cohort on each campus.

The candidate must complete the following materials and submit them to their academic advisor during the admission interview:


***Students will not be interviewed unless they have all the required documents.***

During the social work admission interview, the academic advisor meets with the candidate and completes the social work admission record and score sheet. The academic advisor scores the personal statement using the faculty evaluation of personal statement rubric and the interview using the faculty evaluation of interview rubric.

The Social Work Admissions Committee reviews applications and admits a cohort of students based on scores from the social work admission record score sheet. The social work program will notify applicants of the admission decision within two weeks of the committee meeting.

There are four categories of admission decisions:

  • Admitted
  • Admitted with contingencies
  • Denied
  • Deferred decision (admission decision is deferred until the end of the semester.)

A formal letter will be sent via email from the program director explaining the admission decision.

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 and others.

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.