A Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) prepares graduates for work in a variety of settings, including public agency work, private clinical practice, 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 and part-time (3 or 4 year option) study and an Advanced Standing Program for students with a BSW awarded in the prior 5 years. Eligible MSW students have $10,000 stipends 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.
The MSW Program at Western Carolina University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). For additional information please refer to the MSW STUDENT MANUAL
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.
For more information on funding your Masters of Social Work please contact Dr. Pat Morse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.227.7112.
MSW Graduate Application Checklist
_____ Graduate School Application
_____ Official GRE Scores: Sent directly to the Graduate School
_____ Official or unofficial transcripts: Send directly to the Graduate School or upload to the online application
_____ 3 professional recommendations (at least one must be academic)
_____ Professional resume
_____ Personal Narrative Statement/supplemental questions
_____ List of liberal arts courses taken as an undergraduate
_____ Criminal Record Statement
_____ Nonrefundable $65.00 application fee
Students in the two-year program 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 must complete four elective classes focusing
on SA and SA treatment, and complete their two semester Specialized year internship
with an approved SA treatment agency under a CSI or CSS level supervisor.
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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 two semester Specialized year internship in an accredited school setting. Upon
graduation, these students can apply for and receive North Carolina School Social
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