Lauren Renkert, Chair
Deborah Phillips, Graduate Program Director
The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at Appalachian State University educates social workers who contribute to the well-being of others through skills in advanced clinical practice, leadership and supervision, community development and advocacy, and innovative program planning and administration. Graduates will be qualified to engage in advanced social work practice to individuals, families, organizations, and communities. They are eligible to apply for their clinical social work license and/or social work manager license. Appalachian State University’s MSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
The MSW Program at Appalachian State University offers two concentrations:
- Individuals and Families
- Community and Organizational Practice
The MSW Program offers:
- Regular 60 semester hour program beginning each fall on campus (full-time or part-time)
- Advanced Standing* 33-hour program beginning each summer session II on campus (full-time or part-time) (The Advanced Standing program begins with S W 5001 , a week-long transitional seminar scheduled in the Summer Session II prior to beginning concentration coursework in the fall semester.)
- Advanced Standing* 33-hour, hybrid program at the ASU Center at Hickory distance education site (Note: the Advanced Standing program begins with S W 5001 , a transitional seminar scheduled in the summer)
* Applicants who earned a BSW Degree from a CSWE-accredited University within the past 7 years and have a 3.2 grade point average in their BSW courses may apply for the Advanced Standing program.
Location of Program: This program is offered on campus in Boone in the format described in this Bulletin. Off-campus, hybrid cohorts are also offered. To learn more about upcoming off-campus cohorts, please visit the Department of Social Work’s Distance Education website: http://socialwork.appstate.edu/graduate/distance-education
ProgramsMaster of Social Work