Master of Social Work Progam
The Department of Social Work offers a Master in Social Work degree to prepare students for socially responsible practice, leadership in multiple practice environments, and production and dissemination of knowledge. The MSW Program at NCSU was granted accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in February of 2009. Beginning in academic year 2010-2011, our program is shifting focus to an advanced generalist practice. The advanced generalist model is designed for preparing practitioners with (1) the knowledge and the skills to respond to a wide range of human difficulties and diverse client populations in a multitude of settings, (2) an ethical commitment to advocate for under-served and oppressed populations, and (3) the ability to respond creatively to the need for additional programs and services. The MSW program features content on human behavior, policy, practice, administration, community partnerships, and direct practice with individuals, families and groups.
MSW Program Mission Statement
Consistent with the requirements for the Council on Social Work Education, the Graduate Social Work Program’s mission is to prepare students for advanced generalist practice with diverse populations in urban and rural areas of North Carolina and beyond. The program provides students with the knowledge, values, and skills to respond competently to 1.) the aspirations and service needs of diverse client populations and 2.) the contexts that shape the needs of clients and service delivery systems throughout the state. The program prepares graduates to assume a range of advanced generalist practice roles in direct and indirect service provision, including leadership in the planning, development, management, and evaluation of culturally competent services to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
We offer two course of study options for students entering the program:
The traditional program is a full-time, two-year program totalling 60 credit hours. Students take a year of foundation courses that prepares them for the advanced practice content in year two.
The Advanced Standing program totals 39 credit hours and allows the Department of Social Work to mainstream BSW graduates into the second year of the MSW curriculum, following seven hours of “bridge courses” taken in the summer. Students enter directly into the advanced year of the curriculum and graduate in one full academic year.
Summer courses may be offered to lighten students' course loads for the fall and spring semesters. Click here to for more information.