UPIKE and Ferrum College enter partnership for Master of Social Work Program

Recently, the University of Pikeville (UPIKE) and Ferrum College entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to provide additional educational opportunities to Ferrum College students. UPIKE has agreed to reserve one seat each academic year in their Master of Social Work (MSW) Program for a Ferrum College student who meets all early admissions requirements.

This agreement is the second of its kind for the institutions. UPIKE and Ferrum College entered into their first MOA last September when UPIKE pledged to reserve one seat each academic year in its Doctor of Optometry program for a Ferrum College student who meets all early admissions criteria.

Both institutions look forward to continued collaboration and a strong partnership in making educational opportunities available in central Appalachia.

“The importance of this partnership with Ferrum College cannot be overstated. While the partnership is student-centered, it cannot be forgotten that the implications of this partnership ripple out into the communities we serve by providing competent, advanced level professional social workers who will serve as clinicians, leaders and administrators,” explained UPIKE’s MSW Program Director and School of Social Work Chair Genesia Kilgore-Bowling, Ph.D., MSW, CSW. 

“We are fortunate to have such great partners at the University of Pikeville,” said Ferrum College President David Johns, “and we are pleased to collaborate with them again to provide new opportunities for our students. This pandemic has highlighted the important role social workers play in holding together the fabric of our society. I am grateful we will be working together to prepare our students for this critical career.”

UPIKE’s MSW program is delivered online with courses offered year-round, so students may continue to work while obtaining their degree. The master’s program offers a 30-hour advanced

standing option for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in social work and a 60-hour program for students who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than social work, or who completed a social work degree in a non-accredited program. 

To learn more about UPIKE’s MSW program, visit upike.edu/msw.