Welcome to the Department of Social Work at Marshall University. We are a leading regional provider of social work education and our graduates can earn a BSW (Bachelor of Social Work) degree and beginning in fall 2016, a MSW (Master of Social Work) degree. Located in a major university setting in southern West Virginia, we have access to resources to provide students with quality community-based social work experiences.

Social work is an exciting, rewarding, and fast-growing profession that is in high demand. With contemporary social issues such as child abuse, homelessness, racism, discrimination against people of color and income levels, AIDS, poverty, aging, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, violence against women, and juvenile delinquency, there has never been a more important need for social workers.

Graduates from the Marshall University Department of Social Work have an excellent track record in finding employment in the social work field. Alumni work in hospitals, mental health centers, shelters for battered women, and numerous other human service agencies. There continues to be a growing need for social workers in the Tri-State area and nationwide. The BSW degree is the entry level into the profession.

If you are considering Marshall University for your educational needs, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Services in the College of Health Professions or the BSW Program Director, Professor Jo Dee Gottlieb, with any questions that you might have. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you are already a student with us at Marshall University, enjoy your course of study and don’t forget to take advantage of the many diverse experiences of campus life and West Virginia. If you have any ideas, questions, or concerns, please contact our BSW program director for more information. The BSW is nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Financial assistance available to qualified students.


The mission of the Marshall University Baccalaureate Social Work Program is to prepare students for the beginning level of practice as social work generalists grounded in the core professional values and competencies with an understanding and appreciation of the population and institution of Appalachia.


Council on Social Work Education
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: +1.703.683.8080
Fax: +1.703.683.8099
Email: info@cswe.org

Program Contact

Jo Dee Gottlieb
BSW Program Director
(304) 696-2791, Prichard Hall 310