Bachelor of Social Work

The Marshall University Social Work Department offers a BSW degree, the entry level into the profession. Social Work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help people and to make a difference. Social workers help to solve individual, family, and community problems and enhance the social environment. They are employed in a variety of fields and settings such as child welfare, juvenile and criminal justice, health care, mental health, substance use treatment, housing programs, gerontology, and more. Social workers engage in counseling, crisis intervention, case management, community action, policy development, and other services.


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.

General Requirements

Candidates for graduation must have a Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher on all work attempted at Marshall University, a 2.0 average in prerequisite courses (ENG 101, 201 or 200H, BSC 105 or anatomy course, PSC 202, ECN 250, SOC 200, PSY 201, Math) and a GPA of 2.5 or higher in Social Work courses.
All required social work courses must be completed with a C or above. Only SWK 370 and SWK 473 are graded under the credit/no credit option. All social work majors must have their schedules approved by their faculty advisors before they register for classes, or for any schedule adjustment.

BSW Licensure Information

The Marshall University BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. In the majority of states, social work regulatory boards accept degrees from programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. If you would like to see each state’s requirements, the Association of Social Work Boards provides this information:

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