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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

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

Application Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to the Morehead State University Social Work Program, students must have met (or be in the process of meeting) certain criteria outlined below:
  • Student has been unconditionally admitted to Morehead State University
  • Student has declared Social Work as their major (Area of Concentration)
  • Student has completed 60 credit hours including pending hours (current coursework)
  • Student has completed all University General Education requirements
  • Student has completed or is currently enrolled in SWK 210 (or HMS 101/SWK 124) and SWK 230 (or HMS 102/SWK 222)
  • Student has an Overall Grade Point Average of 2.5 or greater
If you do not meet all of the criteria, you should contact your advisor or the campus program facilitator to determine eligibility, as exceptions can be granted under certain circumstances.

Deadline to Apply to the Social Work Program

The deadline to apply is based on the campus.  Students on the Morehead and Prestonsburg campuses will apply during the spring semester (February through May) and begin the program in the fall semester (August). Students on the Ashland and Mt. Sterling campuses will apply in the fall semester (September-December) and begin the program in the spring semester (January).

Admission Process

Part I: Students submit the application packet.
Students should complete the following documents:
  • A completed Student Application
  • A signed and dated Social Work Program Statement of Understanding (attached)
  • A student Personal Statement (directions and format requirements provided in this packet)
  • A current MSU Program Evaluation or unofficial transcript if a transfer student
Once students are ready to submit the application, they should email their faculty advisor or the campus program facilitator for submission instructions.
Please note: Students will not be interviewed unless they have all the required documents submitted.
Part II: Students schedule and complete a personal interview.  The interview is an opportunity for the faculty member or campus program facilitator to meet the student and review all application materials. Students should present in a professional manner and allot approximately an hour for the interview.
Part III: The Application Packet is scored and an admission decision is made.  The faculty member or campus program facilitator completes rubrics and Social Work Admission Record Score Sheet.

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. A formal letter will be sent via email from the Program Director explaining the admission decision.  There are 4 categories of admission decisions:
  • Admitted
  • Denied
  • Admitted with contingencies
  • Deferred decision (Admission decision is deferred until the end of the semester)

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.