Social Work: Master of Social Work Degree

Program Director: 
Dr. Denise Levy
Program Director Email: 
Program Director Phone: 
Social Work
Department Chair: 
Dr. Lauren Renkert
Beaver College of Health Sciences
Dr. Frederick Whitt
Program Overview

Note: Off-campus students attend classes in Hickory, NC; see Distance Education for more information.

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at Appalachian State University seeks to educate social workers who can contribute to the growth and success of the profession through skills in advanced clinical practice, leadership and supervision, community development and advocacy, and innovative program planning and administration. Graduates will be qualified to provide advanced social work practice to individuals, families, organizations, and communities.

Program Highlights:

  • The on-campus program offers both regular and advanced standing cohorts (full-time and part-time).  The full-time, advanced standing program takes one year to complete and the full-time regular program takes two years to complete.
  • The hybrid, advanced standing program takes two years to complete and the hybrid, regular program takes three years to complete.  For information on the next cohort, please see the MSW Distance Education website (

Concentrations: Community and Organizational Practice; Individuals and Families

Location of Instruction: 
On campus
Off campus
More Information
Application Essentials
Required Entrance Exam: 
GRE (score must be no more than 5 years old)
Required number of references to specify in the online form: 
Supplemental Information: 

Resume (Required upload for application submission); personal statement (upload on the Additional Information page in the on-line application)

Deadlines for Application: 

Complete applications submitted by the priority date will receive early consideration for admission. Applications that are not complete by the priority screening date risk denial of admission due to no seats available.

  • Spring: x
  • Summer Session 1: x
  • Summer Session 2: 2/1 (Advanced Standing)
  • Fall: 2/1
Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: 

Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages. With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.

Graduate School: 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the appropriate admission test(s), OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s).

Admission to Social Work: Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of applications are reviewed in comparison to the current applicant pool. Academic credit is not awarded for life or previous work experience.

Additional Criteria for Advanced Standing Consideration: 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 a grade point average of 3.2 or greater in their undergraduate social work course work may apply, for the Advanced Standing program.