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 or 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 edge into the profession. Our MSW degree provides advanced education with a specialization in behavioral health.

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 or the MSW program director, Dr. Peggy Harman, 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 program directors for more information. The BSW and MSW programs are nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Financial assistance is available to qualified students.

Our Commitment to Social Justice

The Marshall University Department of Social Work affirms our strong commitment to human rights and social justice. We offer you the reassurance of our unflinching commitment to the values of pluralism that have been crucial in weaving the strong fabric of our civil society. We do not support and will stand against any acts of bigotry, hate, harassment, bullying, or discrimination toward any individual or group. We welcome, stand with, and offer a safe place to all students regardless of race, color, immigrant status, culture, LGBTQ identification, disability, religious affiliation, spiritual belief, gender, or any other nuance of identity that may place one at risk of alienation.

With that being said, please click the link below to see the Marshall University Department of Social Work’s response to the recent untimely death of George Floyd.

MU SWK Dept George Floyd Death Statement


Credit for Life Experience

Please note: The social work programs (BSW and MSW) do not grant social work course credit for life experience or for previous work experience.


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


Social Work Licensing Laws/Rules for All States: Association of Social Work Boards

Getting licensed in another state or province

State Social Work Board Office rules/laws for each state

West Virginia Social Work Board Rules


Marshall University COHP Organizational Chart



BSW Program Contact

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

MSW Program Contact

Dr. Peggy Harman
MSW Program Director
304-696-3146, Prichard Hall 308