Social Work: Master of Social Work Degree

Program Overview - 2015

Department of Social Work

Program Director: Dr. Denise Levy;; 828-262-6934

Concentrations: Community and Organizational Practice; Individuals and Families

Location of instruction: On and off campus (Off-campus students attend classes in Hickory, NC; see Distance Education for more information)

Downloadable Brochure (pdf)

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at Appalachian State University seeks to educate social workers who can contribute to the growth and success of the profession through skills in advanced clinical practice, leadership and supervision, community development and advocacy, and innovative program planning and administration.  Graduates will be qualified to provide advanced social work practice to individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

Program Highlights

  • As a full-time on-campus student, you can expect to complete the program in 2 years
  • There is a part-time off-campus cohort based program available in Hickory. (The next cohort is planned for Fall 2016.) You can expect to complete the part-time Hickory-based program in 4 years

Application Essentials

Required Entrance Exam: GRE (score must be no more than 5 years old)

Required Number of References to specify in the online form: 3

Supplemental Information: Resume (Required upload for application submission); personal statement (upload on the Additional Information page in the on-line application)

2015 Cohorts Available for Application:

  • Full-Time on campus
  • Full-Time Advanced Standing on campus

2015 Deadlines for Application. (Please contact gradadmissions for information about other years.) Complete applications submitted by the priority date will receive early consideration for admission. Applications that are not complete by the priority screening date risk denial of admission due to no seats available.

  • Spring: x
  • Summer Session 1: x
  • Summer Session 2: x
  • Fall: 2/1

Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission:

Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages. With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.

Graduate School: 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the appropriate admission test(s), OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s).

Admission to Social Work: Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of applications are reviewed in comparison to the current applicant pool. Academic credit is not awarded for life or previous work experience.

Additional Criteria for Advanced Standing Consideration: Applicants who are graduates of Council on Social Work Education-accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree programs during the seven years preceding application and who have earned average grades of 3.2 or greater in their undergraduate social work course work may apply, by letter, for Advanced Standing in the MSW program. Only graduates of such Bachelor of Social Work programs are eligible for Advanced Standing.

Link to 2014 Bulletin Description

Link to Application

Tuition and Fees and Sources of Financial Support

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