Social work

Master of Social Work program adds online-only option

The Master of Social Work program at Marshall University now offers an online-only option for students with advanced status. The all-new Social Work Student Option is accepting qualified students for the Fall 2022 semester.

The program requires the completion of 36 academic credit hours and is offered online only. The program requires students to take online courses only, no face-to-face or hybrid courses, while earning 36 hours. The online MSW program is for students with a bachelor’s degree in social work and focused on careers in behavioral health administration.

The 36 credit hour program includes 9 credit hours of field instruction. Dr. Peggy Proudfoot Harman is Director of the Graduate Program in Social Work.

“We are excited to offer this program option to those who qualify for Advanced Status, which includes earning a BSW within the past seven years,” Harman said. “We recently completed the approval process by the University Committees and are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2022 semester.”

The hope is to provide an outlet for state and local social work students who want to advance their careers with a master’s degree in social work. The fully online course will be delivered asynchronously, meaning no face-to-face or on-site attendance requirements, allowing students to learn where they want and when they have time.

Harman said they were pleased to be one of the first in the area to offer the Behavioral Health Administration concentration.

“The online option is a good choice to offer the concentration in behavioral health administration,” Harman said.

An online-only program allows those working in the constantly busy social work field the flexibility to fit classes into their schedules without worrying about meeting at prescribed times at the Marshall campus in Huntington . For more information about the new online-only Master of Social Work, visit

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