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MSW Distance Option - Ashland Site

Upcoming Information Sessions

  • 5:30-7 pm on November 12 at OIT, College Union, Sunset Room, 3201 Campus Drive, Klamath Falls, OR 97601
  • 6:30-8 pm on November 18 at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, Room 224, 101 S. Bartlett, Medford, OR  97501
  • 5:30-7 pm on November 25 at the Ashland Public Library, Guanajuato Room,
    410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR 97520


The MSW-DO Ashland Site, begun in 1997, recruits and admits students from several counties in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The MSW-DO Ashland Site is located on the beautiful Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland where students attend classes taught by PSU School of Social Work faculty in a university setting. Students have access to SOU's beautiful and extensive Dixie and Lenn Hannon Library.

Our site has long-standing partnerships with many area agencies, including the Veteran's Administration's Southern Oregon Rehabiliation Clinics and Center in White City; local county and non-profit mental health agencies, such as Jackson County Health & Human Services, Family Solutions, and Klamath Youth Development Center; various hospitals, home health, and hospice agencies in Jackson, Klamath and Josephine Counties; community health centers and school-based health centers; and the Department of Human Services Child Welfare offices.

MSW-DO students attend classes every Friday all three years of the program on the SOU Campus. Students complete each of their two years of practicum in agencies in their home communities whenever possible.

Curriculum Grid

Students complete Foundation Year coursework in years one and two. Click here to view the Foundation curriculum grid. In year three, students take Advanced Concentration courses in Cinical Social Work Practice.


The next Ashland Site cohort will begin in Fall 2015, with the application available beginning October 2014.

Ashland Site Coordinator

The Ashland Site Coordinator since 2001, Gretchen Thiel, M.S.W. has an office on the SOU campus. Gretchen is a graduate of Florida State University's School of Social Work and has practiced social work in the Southern Oregon area for twenty-seven years. Experienced in rural social work, she has developed positive working relationships with social services agencies in many Southern Oregon communities.

Her areas of teaching include child welfare policy, human behavior in the social environment, involuntary clients, and field instruction. Gretchen also is actively involved in the Rogue District of the Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.



Gretchen Thiel, M.S.W., Ashland Site Coordinator (541) 552-8111

Taylor Hall, Room 114
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520