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Ohio University Eastern hosts informational meeting on master's degree program

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (March 15, 2004) -- An informational meeting for those interested in the new Ohio University Eastern Campus program leading to a master's degree in social work will be held on March 22.

Plans for the MSW program, which will begin in September, will be discussed at the 7 p.m. meeting. Ohio University-Eastern is offering the degree program to help meet a growing local need for master's level social work practitioners.

Dr. Warren Galbreath, assistant professor of social work at the Eastern Campus, is director of the program. The deadline for applying is May 1, but Galbreath said decisions are being made as applications are completed and turned in.

The master's degree will take three years to earn with about eight courses being offered each year. Each student will also participate in two field placements, one possibly where they are currently employed. The part-time classes will be offered on nights and weekends to accommodate work schedules. The course will be based on the cohort system, with the same students in the program all three years.

All of the classes will be held at the Eastern Campus. The Athens Campus of Ohio University is also offering the program, and local students can opt to make up missed classes there.

MSW applicants must have a bachelor's degree; a 3.0 GPA or, if lower, take the Graduate Record Exam; a course in Quantitative Analysis (statistics equivalent to Psych 221; a course in Human Biology (equivalent to Bios 103) courses in three of the following social sciences: psychology, social work, anthropology, sociology, criminology or economics, one course of which is at the 300 or 400 level.

Students without all of those prerequisites can still apply and be accepted provisionally. However, they must take the required courses before the second quarter of the program. Some or the prerequisites will be taught at Ohio University-Eastern during the spring and summer quarters.

For more information or to request an application, call Galbreath at (740) 699-2341 or Charles W. Smith, Ohio University Eastern interim assistant dean, at (740) 699-2354.

The MSW degree is one of two, and possibly three, new master's degree programs will be offered next fall at Ohio University-Eastern as part of the campus's goal to meet the changing educational needs of area students.

"We remain committed to our undergraduate mission," said Interim Dean William Willan, "but recognize the need for select graduate programs in the area."

A master's in business administration (MBA) program also is scheduled to begin in September. It will offer aspiring business leaders the opportunity to earn the master's degree in a manageable, part-time format and is specifically designed for those who are employed and will be working throughout the program. Those enrolling will be part of a cohort program that lasts seven quarters, or 22 months.

The Eastern Campus is also surveying the community to see if there is sufficient interest to bring the master's program in Social Sciences to campus. Designed primarily for high school social studies teachers, the live, interactive video program would begin in the fall and continue through fall 2006. The program features courses in history, political science and geography. Anyone interested in the program should contact Smith at (740) 699-2354.

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