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MSW Distance Option - Eugene Site

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The Eugene Distance Option for the PSU School of Social Work MSW program is conveniently located in downtown Eugene within the University of Oregon Baker Downtown Center. Students can access affordable parking across the street and find many restaurants within walking distance. The Eugene site draws students from all areas of Oregon including Lane, Linn, Benton, Douglas and Coos counties.

The Eugene MSW Distance Option follows a three-year curriculum. During the first year of the program, students attend classes on the PSU Campus in Portland every two weeks on Fridays 1-9 pm and Saturdays 9 am - 5 pm. During the second and third years of the program, classes are held every Friday from 9 am - 4 pm in the UofO Baker Downtown Center. In addition to classes in the second and third years, students will also praticipate in field practicums. Field study encompasses a broad range of social work fields of practice including, but not limited to, mental health, medial, integrative care, school-based, child welfare, aging, etc.

Most courses are taught by PSU School of Social Work faculty who travel to the Eugene site. Students complete two years of field practice in agencies in or near 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 will begin the program in fall 2017.

Eugene Site Coordinator

Valerie Hamby, L.C.S.W., is a graduate of the PSU MSW program and joined the School of Social Work as the Eugene Site Coordinator in the fall of 2011. Valerie has had an extensive career in community mental health in the Eugene area including serving as lead clinician and member of the Clinic Coordination Team at the Lane County Mental Health clinic since 1990. Valerie continues to provide outpatient clinical services and in-hospital crisis evaluations, is a Civil Commitment Examiner and is a member of the local NASW chapter. Valerie's area of focus with the School of Social Work is in Field Instruction emphasizing students' strengths and working collaboratively with local social service agencies.


Valerie Hamby, L.C.S.W., Eugene Site Coordinator (541) 346-5612      

University of Oregon Baker Downtown Center

975 High Street

Eugene, OR  97401