MSW Distance Option - Southern Oregon


The MSW-DO Southern Oregon Option, begun in 1997, recruits and admits students from several counties in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The MSW-DO Southern Oregon Site is located on the beautiful Southern Oregon University campus in Medford where students attend classes taught by PSU School of Social Work faculty in a university setting.

Our site has long-standing partnerships with many area agencies, including the Veteran's Administration's Southern Oregon Rehabilitation 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.  Advanced Year coursework is completed in year three.  You can view the sequence of classes on the Distance Option Course Map.  


The next Southern Oregon Cohort begins in fall 2020.  The application will be available in fall 2019 and can be found on the admissions page.

Southern Oregon Site Coordinator

Michele Morales, MA, MSW, PhD (University of Michigan) has focused her career in recovery and education.  Within the field of addictions, she has worked in treatment, prevention, research, teaching and most recently served as the Addiction Services Manager for Jackson County Health and Human Services.  Within student support services, Dr. Morales is especially interested in issues of equity; she previously served as the TRiO Director for low-income, first generation and students with disabilities.  She helped found the Collegiate Recovery Program (CORE) at Southern Oregon University and has written numerous grants to support creative approaches to health access, substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion. 



Michele Morales, MA, MSW, PhD; Southern Oregon Site Coordinator

(541) 552-8111

Higher Education Center

101 S. Bartlett, 201A
Medford, OR 97501