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MSW Distance Option - Ashland Site


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 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. Click here to view the Foundation and Advanced curriculum grid.


The next cohort in Ashland will start the program in fall 2018. The admissions materials will be available in fall 2017.

Ashland 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; Ashland Site Coordinator

(541) 552-8111

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