In keeping with the tenets of the program, the purposes of social work, constituent needs, and the regional characteristics of south central and western Kentucky, the mission of the MSW program at WKU is to educate and prepare students for professional social work practice to meet the needs of increasingly diverse rural populations. The program is particularly dedicated to addressing the work force needs of agencies working with Kentucky’s families and communities. In addition, the program emphasizes professional and scholarly service to the community, the state, and the nation.
The goals of the program are designed to provide a level of competence that includes quality leadership that is grounded in the historical roots of the profession. The needs of the community along with the purposes of the profession influence the four goals of the MSW program. These goals are:
•To produce competent practitioners within rural areas.
•To increase the number of practitioners with professional values and standards of cultural competence who are creative and ethically accountable in their practice with diverse rural populations.
•To apply critical knowledge that cultivates and synthesizes an understanding of the complex needs within the culture of rural communities, including research, training, continuing education, and other relevant projects.
•To impact the social, economic, and political environments of rural areas in order to empower constituents and influence social welfare policies, practices, and services.
There are three program options for students meeting the admission requirements outlined below. The
Traditional Option requires 60 semester hours for students with a baccalaureate degree in any field and may be taken full or part-time. The Advanced-Standing Option requires 33 semester hours for students who have earned a bachelor of social work (BSW) degree from an accredited social work program and who have fulfilled the additional admission requirements.
Fully Accredited by the council on Social Work Education
International Student Requirements:
TOEFL requirements are as follows: A minimum of 550 on the paper based TOEFL, a minimum of 79 on the iBT TOEFL , or a minimum of 6.5 on the ITELTS)
Facts & Figures
# of Credits Required:
33 to 60 hours
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate):