Master of Social Work

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 SW 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 beginning in summer session II of 2021 at the ASU Center at Hickory distance education site (more information can be found here) (Note: the Advanced Standing program begins with SW 5001, a transitional seminar scheduled in the summer of 2021)

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. 

To learn more about the MSW program, please consider attending an information session in the fall.  Please check back later for details about 2021 information sessions.

The application deadline for programs beginning in 2021 is February 1, 2021.  All application materials must be received by this deadline.  Completed applications will be reviewed prior to the deadline, and these applicants may be considered and offered early admission.  Prospective students should apply through the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies website.  

The MSW Program at Appalachian State University is housed within the Beaver College of Health Sciences. The MSW program is part of the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies , which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

For more information about the MSW Program, contact:

Deborah L. Phillips, PhD
MSW Program Director

Download the MSW Student Handbook (PDF, 695 KB)

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