What Our Alumni Say

Chelsey GatesMiami University graduate social work program gave me an opportunity to learn new skills to be a great social worker. I was able to be challenged by the curriculum and supported by awesome staff.

Chelsey Gates
-MASW Graduate 2017


The MASW program, for me, was where I truly feel like I started to "figure life out". The opportunity to not only complete an internship but also work with/shadow fellow social workers allowed me to choose my area of interest (and later get a job!). Coming from a psychology undergraduate degree, I wasn't sure what to expect out of the social work department and thought I would be extremely overwhelmed from the beginning. I had little to no idea what I wanted to pursue-- I just wanted to help people-- but as soon as I started my first course I knew I was where I belonged. The classes are interesting and challenging, with time allotted for students to adjust to the program before starting internships.  The professors were so helpful every step of the way, and even though it was difficult at times, the graduate program helped prepare me for the social work world.

Sarah Aurand
-MASW Graduate 2018

Elizabeth BurnettThe Greater Miami Valley Joint MASW Program led me to my career in the field of medical social work. I did not initially see myself working in a hospital setting, but after my internship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) while I was completing the master's program, I discovered how much I loved being here! After my internship, graduation, and passing my licensure exam, I completed a clinical social work fellowship and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related disabilities (LEND) program at CCHMC; I am now a clinical social worker in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute (CBDI) working with patients with Sickle Cell disease and their families. I would not be where I am today without the encouragement and support from the MASW program staff, my peers, my family, and friends; nor without the opportunities that the MASW program offered me.

Elizabeth Burnett
-MASW Graduate 2017

I had the best experience I could have ever hoped for in the Miami University MASW Program.  It was an intensive workload but the professors were so helpful and accommodating to all students. This program brought me some of my closest friends and connections to jobs! Everyone knew everyone and it was very close-knit, which was great when I needed extra help on something. I'd highly recommend it!

Katie Guban
-MASW Graduate 2018

Jason BaileyOperating on the values of Relationship-Based Care, the Dayton VA employs over 90 social workers to provide comprehensive services to veterans. There are  opportunities for growth that span a variety of areas including mental health, substance abuse, medical, and hospice. There is a little bit of everything in a welcoming and friendly environment to provide an excellent field experience"

Jason Bailey
-MASW Graduate 2018

 As a student in the MASW program I interned for Butler Behavioral Health Services in Hamilton Ohio. I regularly assessed and provided evidence based intervention plans with eight female clients. I also co-facilitated a personal growth group  and a Dialectical Behavior Therapy group. My supervision at BBHS was phenomenal with two supervisors and a full staff always willing to assist me.

Lori Shaffer
-MASW Graduate of 2018