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The Master of Arts in Social Work program at Wright State University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The program prepares you to become an advanced generalist competent and ethical social worker who can engage and intervene with diverse populations. Full-time (2 years), part-time (3-4 years), or advanced standing (3 semesters) programs are offered to admitted graduate students.
Successful completion of the M.A. in Social Work (SW) meets the educational requirements for the LSW and LISW in Ohio as regulated by the Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please contact the appropriate state licensing entity. The Master of Arts in social work is required in all states to begin the licensure process.
If you earn a Master of Arts in Social Work at Wright State, you will be eligible to become a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) in Ohio. Please refer to the Ohio Counselor Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for more information. If you live out-of-state, check the licensing board requirements for that state. Each state establishes its own regulations for issuing a degree. The M.A.S.W. is the acceptable degree for licensure, but other states may have other requirmenents for applicants.
Your scope of practice will include applying advanced generalist knowledge, skills, and values in direct practice, administration, and advocacy across different social service settings while working with persons across the lifespan.
Recent social work graduates are currently working in:
View the social work program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections
As a part of our Council on Social Work Education accredited social work pedagogy, you will be placed in one of our more than 100 partner agencies in the Dayton area and beyond to gain hands-on experience with the practice of social work. You will be given the opportunity to apply theory, practice wisdom, and create and employ interventions in a variety of settings. This experience will help develop the skills you will find necessary to graduate as a competent and well-prepared social work professional.
View the Master of Arts in Social Work program information and requirements in the Academic Catalog.
All materials to apply to the M.A.S.W. program at Wright State University are available at:
Wright State University Graduate School
344 Student Union
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
No course credit can be given for life or work experiences.
All required materials must be returned to the Wright State Graduate School. Do not send materials to the social work department.
All materials for the advanced standing program (see below) must be received by the Graduate School by January 15 to receive first consideration for May admission. All materials for the regular program must be received by the Graduate School by February 15 to receive first consideration for August admission.
You must submit three reference letters (PDF) from three different people on the recommender's letterhead. Each is to be accompanied by a reference form. These three letters must meet the following guidelines:
Please upload the reference forms and/or letters to the graduate school website, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax them to 937-775-2453. However, if you have questions about reference letters, please email email@example.com.
Faculty reviewers of your application want to understand why you are interested in graduate social work education and to assess your abilities at written communication. Prepare a 3-5 page detailed statement covering all of the questions and points below. Add any relevant information you wish, but please do not omit any sections or questions.
To be considered for admission to the M.A.S.W. program at Wright State University, you must:
Requirements for the advanced standing program which can be completed in three semesters beginning with the summer semester are:
There are some graduate scholarships available in the social work department ranging from $500-$1,000 per year. For more university scholarship opportunities, go to the Raider Connect website.