Location: Cullowhee & Asheville
Full Time or Part Time
Pre-Requisites: GRE Not Required
Time to Complete: 2-4 Years
$10,000 Stipends Available
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A Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) prepares graduates for work in a variety of settings, including public agency work, private clinical practice, integrated healthcare, mental health and addiction treatment, social service management and administration. A MSW is required for individuals who want to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). In addition, social workers with a MSW are eligible to obtain certifications from the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), and as a Qualified Clinical Social Worker (QCSW), or a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW). These credentials are especially important for those in clinical practice who depend on health insurance providers to reimburse them for services.
Entry into the MSW Program does not require a bachelor's degree in Social Work, but courses in Psychology, Biology, Economics, and Political Science are strongly recommended. Transfer students may have up to twelve semester hours of graduate credit with grades of B or better transferred from another CSWE-accredited MSW program.
The MSW program offers full-time (2 years of study) and part-time (3 or 4 year option) study and a full-time and part-time Advanced Standing Program for students with a BSW awarded in the prior 5 years. Change of status requests for movement between part-time and full-time is at the discretion of the MSW Program Director. Please note that the university considers students enrolled in the part-time program taking 9 or more hours as full-time students and tuition rates reflect this. Students who are pursuing integrated care training may be eligible for a $10,000 stipend that is available during their final year of study. Classes are taught at both the WCU main campus in Cullowhee and in Asheville at the WCU Biltmore Park instructional site. For details, please see the sample schedule. Advanced Standing MSW Program. MSW Full-time or Part-time Program.
The MSW Program at Western Carolina University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). For additional are expectations and requirements of the program please refer to:
For questions, email MSW@wcu.edu.
Western Carolina’s Department of Social Work is seeking applicants who demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to the values of the Social Work profession. Consideration for admission will be given to those applicants who exemplify the greatest potential for successful scholarship through their past academic and/or work experiences.
The Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) Program requires 62 hours (two years) of graduate coursework beyond the bachelor degree from an accredited college or university.
Only complete application packets will be considered.
These following requirements are for admission to the regular full- or part-time Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at Western Carolina University:
There are a number of ways that you can finance your Master's Degree.
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Students in the 2, 3, or 4 year programs will participate in two different field placements, while advanced standing students will participate in one specialized field placement.
MSW students who apply and are accepted will complete four elective courses focusing on addictive disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery. Additionally, they will complete their specialization year field placement in an approved addictive disorder treatment setting.
Participation in the Child Welfare Education Collaborative Scholars Program is available at both the BSW and MSW levels.
This 12-hour certificate program provides a new approach to training for health professionals serving Native peoples, grounded in a tribal community. A certificate in Culturally-Based Native Health will enable students to utilize their training in a health-related discipline and apply it to Southeastern Indian cultures.
MSW students interested in integrated care may participate in this focus area and be eligible for a $10,000 stipend.
MSW students who apply for and are accepted to the School Social Work certification program must complete the online School Social Work elective (SOCW 528), an additional course from an approved list offered through the School of Education, and must complete their specialization year field placement in an accredited school setting. Upon graduation, these students can apply for and receive North Carolina School Social Work Certification.