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School-Based Mental Health MSW Program

Designed for students pursuing a Master of Social Work Degree at Miami University, this program provides financial assistance to participants as they provide quality behavioral health services to K-12 students in Dayton and Hamilton, Ohio.

Program Benefits

Students participating in the School-Based Mental Health MSW Program will receive the following benefits:

  • Specialized coursework and training in school-based prevention, assessments, and mental health interventions.
  • Field placement in a school-based setting supporting K-12 students.
  • Community building as a signature feature of the program.
  • Access to licensure test preparation and financial support with licensing-related fees.
  • Financial support through scholarships and subsidies.

Program Highlights


Gain first-hand experience in an internship setting supporting K-12 students in Dayton Public Schools, Hamilton City School District, or Northridge Local Schools.


Benefit from a specialized evidence-based, inclusive, and anti-oppressive curriculum.


$4,000 scholarship and a $4,500 internship subsidy per semester of field placement.


Our program offers full-time and part-time options, with a combination of online and hybrid courses, to help students balance school, field, and other responsibilities.


Take courses on Miami’s Middletown campus (easy access to I-75) and/or in Oxford.

Program Funding Requirements

The federal funding from the Department of Education requires Miami to give priority to participants who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • From a historically underrepresented group or diverse background (i.e., race/ethnicity; gender or sexual identity; Appalachian culture; first-generation college student); or
  • Currently residing in Dayton or Hamilton, Ohio.

After graduation, participants commit to work at least two years within our partner community agencies or school districts (Hamilton City Schools, Dayton Public Schools, and Northridge Local Schools).


Professor Shawnieka Pope
SBMH Project Director