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MSW Program

Embrace NC State’s Think and Do approach when you earn your MSW here. 

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About Our MSW Program

We launched our Master of Social Work (MSW) Program in 2005. We are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

As a graduate student here, you will gain:

  • knowledge and the skills to respond to a wide range of human difficulties in a variety of settings. 
  • an ethical commitment to advocate for under-served and oppressed populations.
  • the ability to respond creatively to the need for additional programs and resources. 


Ranked Among the Top 100 Graduate Social Work Programs

U.S. News & World Report, 2016 (Best College Rankings), 2016 (Best Business Schools) and 2015 (Best Grad Schools)

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HRSA Grant Aids Graduate Student Support

Community Engagement

Addressing Shortage of Mental Health Professionals

NC State receives three-year, $1.1 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA). 

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Our graduate students benefit from working alongside faculty who are conducting research that matters.

Aware that professionals who can provide mental health and addiction treatment services to young adults – particularly in rural areas – are in short supply, our faculty leaders created the Behavioral Health Scholars Education and Training (BHSET) initiative.

The BHSET initiative focuses on integrating mental health care and physical health care. It provides MSW students who are interested in mental health or addiction treatment among adolescent populations with intensive, innovative education, training and internships. MSW students who are selected and participate in the BHSET program are eligible for a $10,000 stipend.

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Our Model

Advanced Generalist Practice Model

Our MSW program equips students with the skills for advanced generalist practice in leadership roles. The advanced generalist model is designed for preparing practitioners with:

  • The knowledge and the skills to respond to a wide range of human difficulties and diverse client populations in a multitude of settings.
  • An ethical commitment to advocate for under-served and oppressed populations.
  • The ability to respond creatively to the need for additional programs and services.

Applying our practice

Research, Advocacy and Clinical Practice

MSW students develop the skills to practice in a variety of social work settings. In the classroom and in the community, students conduct independent research, learn clinical skills and treatment models to engage in policy advocacy and administration.