Social Work (MSW)

Master of Social Work

Department of Social Work
Beaver College of Health Sciences

socialwork.appstate.edu

Lauren Renkert, Chair and Associate Professor
renkertle@appstate.edu

Kelly Williams, Graduate Program Director
williamska3@appstate.edu

The Department of Social Work offers the Master of Social Work (135*/44.0701) with concentrations in

  • Community and Organizational Practice (135B)
  • Individuals and Families (135C)

Guided by an overarching framework of human rights, and grounded in human relationships and scientific inquiry, the mission of the MSW Program at Appalachian State University is to promote the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups and communities; prevent oppression, discrimination, social and economic injustice; and provide assistance to those in need. The MSW Program, informed by and engaged with regional, state, national and global community contexts, aspires to provide exemplary educational opportunities. The foundation curriculum for the Program is designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice within the distinct Appalachian culture of the region, as well as across national and international contexts.

Building on the foundation, students select from one of two distinct concentration curricula: the Individuals and Families concentration or the Community and Organizational Practice concentration. The Individuals and Families concentration curriculum provides students with specialized knowledge and skills to effectively practice with adults, children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings. The Community and Organizational Practice concentration curriculum provides students with specialized knowledge and skills to effectively practice with communities and organizations in different locales. Appalachian's MSW Program also seeks to enhance students' knowledge and skills through a unique crossover design. The crossover design provides students specializing in one concentration vital exposure to content from the other concentration. Graduates of Appalachian's MSW Program demonstrate firm generalist practice knowledge and skills as well as specialized practice knowledge and skills to successfully serve individuals, families, groups, communities or organizations.

Appalachian State University's MSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Academic Credit is not awarded for life or previous work experience.

Entry with Advanced Standing: 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. The prerequisites and basic admissions criteria for Advanced Standing are the same as those for admission to the two-year program. Those admitted as Advanced Standing students are not required to complete the required foundation courses (SW 5005, 5010, 5020, 5030, 5040, 5200, 5210, 5220, 5230, and 5240).

Students admitted to Advanced Standing are required to enroll in and earn a grade of B or better in SW 5001, Advanced Standing Transitional Seminar, and up to six hours of additional course work, if deemed necessary by the social work faculty at the completion of the Transitional Seminar. The number of hours required for advanced standing students is 33 semester hours plus up to 6 additional hours if deemed necessary by the social work faculty.

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

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; an undergraduate liberal arts background, including knowledge from a variety of disciplines; personal statement.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus and Off Campus.

 Course Requirements for the Master of Social Work
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 60 (full program); 33 (advanced standing students)
 
Foundation Courses**
  • SW 5005: American Social Welfare History and the Social Work Profession (3)
  • SW 5010: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3)
  • SW 5020: Practice with Individuals and Families (3)
  • SW 5030: Foundations of Social Work Research (3)
  • SW 5040: Field Practicum and Seminar I (3)
  • SW 5200: Social Welfare Policy Analysis and Practice (3)
  • SW 5210: Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3)
  • SW 5220: Practice with Groups and Communities (3)
  • SW 5230: Evaluation of Professional Social Work Practice (3)
  • SW 5240: Field Practicum and Seminar II (3)
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Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

Community and Organizational Practice Concentration (135B):

  • SW 5810: Advanced Community Social Work Practice (3)
  • SW 5820: Social Welfare Organizational Management (3)
  • SW 5830: Community and Organizational Practice Field Practicum and Seminar I (3)
  • SW 5840: Nonprofit and Public Human Services Administration (3)
  • SW 5850: Community and Organizational Cultures (3)
  • SW 5860: Community and Organizational Practice Field Practicum and Seminar II (3)
  • choose two (6 s.h.) of the following courses:
    • SW 5700: Advanced Social Work Assessment (3)
    • SW 5710: Advanced Social Work Practice with Families (3)
    • SW 5730: Advanced Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents (3)
    • SW 5740: Advanced Social Work Practice with Adults (3)

OR
Individuals and Families Concentration (135C):

  • SW 5700: Advanced Social Work Assessment (3)
  • SW 5710: Advanced Social Work Practice with Families (3)
  • SW 5720: Individuals and Families Field Practicum and Seminar I (3)
  • SW 5730: Advanced Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents (3)
  • SW 5740: Advanced Social Work Practice with Adults (3)
  • SW 5750: Individuals and Families Field Practicum and Seminar II (3)
  • choose two (6 s.h.) of the following courses:
    • SW 5810: Advanced Community Social Work Practice (3)
    • SW 5820: Social Welfare Organizational Management (3)
    • SW 5840: Nonprofit and Public Human Services Administration (3)
    • SW 5850: Community and Organizational Cultures (3)
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Elective Courses6 s.h. of graduate electives selected in consultation with an advisor6

**NOTE: Students admitted as Advanced Standing Candidates will have some or all of the foundation courses waived upon successful completion of the Transitional Seminar SW 5001.

Note on Academic Standards For Retention in the MSW Program: Academic standards for retention in the MSW Program include abiding by the ASU Code of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, the National Association of Social Workers' Code of Ethics, the MSW Program's Competencies, and the following standards: 1) Scholastic Performance; 2) Professional Identity and Self Awareness; 3) Ethical Behavior; 4) Interpersonal Relationships; and 5) Commitment to Diversity, Social Justice, and Human Rights. Failure to meet these standards may result in dismissal from the program. The standards are fully described in the MSW Student Handbook. MSW students must achieve a grade of "C" or higher in all social work courses, maintain an overall GPA of 3.0, earn no more than two final grades of "C" or below in the program of study, and earn a Satisfactory in all foundation and applicable concentration field courses. Students are dismissed from the MSW Program if they earn more than two final grades of a "C" or lower or if they earn an Unsatisfactory in a field course.

Other Requirements for the MSW:

  • Thesis: Not required
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Not required
  • Comprehensive: Not required
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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