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Marshall Offers New Master of Social Work Degree

The Marshall University College of Health Professions will offer a brand new Master of Social Work degree beginning fall 2016. The Board of Governors met Oct. 28 and voted to approve the new program.

Social workers are uniquely trained to work with addiction, mental and emotional health, the elderly population, veterans and members of the military and various other community components, according to MSW program director, Dr. Peggy Proudfoot Harman.

“MSW graduates work directly with clients and serve as a liaison between health care professionals and patients,” Harman said. “The program offers specialization in integrated behavioral health with opportunities to focus on veteran affairs and a variety of rural and underserved populations, which is especially exciting for our community given the large numbers of veterans who have returned from active duty, many returning from combat situations.”

The MSW program consists of 60 hours for the two-year generalist component designed for those coming to the field of social work from a related discipline, and 36 hours for those holding a bachelor’s degree in social work.  Full-time students can expect to graduate within two years and advanced standing students will be able to complete the program in one calendar year.  Part-time and online options will be available to those who cannot attend full-time classes. The program will begin accepting students in mid-January.  For more information on the Department of Social Work, visit or

Graduate Tuition Benefit

The Graduate College will begin accepting applications for the Graduate Tuition Benefit for Summer 2016 in March 2016. Watch this space for information. You must have a FAFSA form on file with the Financial Aid office to qualify for this benefit. Students enrolled in the Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Public Health, and Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia programs are not eligible for the grant. In addition, graduate students receiving assistantships that offer tuition benefits or students classified as Distance Learning may not receive this grant.


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