Master of Social Work

Please see upcoming MSW recruitment events here: https://socialwork.uncc.edu/admissions/msw-graduate-admissions/msw-events

School of Social Work Program Vision and Mission

Vision Statement

To foster optimal health and well-being, equal human rights, and a just society.

Program Mission

The MSW Program at UNC Charlotte is to prepare future social work professionals for leadership in areas of culturally-informed, community-engaged practice, policy, and research, with a particular emphasis on persistent and emerging social problems in rapidly diversifying urban areas locally, nationally, and globally.

MSW Curriculum

The MSW curriculum implements the School of Social Work vision and mission through a foundation curriculum and an advanced curriculum.  Both the foundation curriculum and advanced curriculum promote the social work profession's knowledge, values, skills, and approaches to critical thinking.  The MSW program educates future social workers to think and work multisystemically. A multisystemic approach maintains a simultaneous focus on people, their social environments, and their reciprocal relationships, while actively influencing organizations, communities, and social policy to bring about a more just society.  All students in the program are required to take advanced-level courses in practice with indivuduals, groujps, families, organizations, and communities. In addition, students have an opportunity to develop areas of specialization through elective courses in the School of Social Work or other departments at UNC Charlotte.  

State Licensure/Certification

Graduates of the MSW Program may pursue state licensure or certification. Application for licensure or certification should be made with the state board iwhere the applicant intends to practice social work. In North Carolina. the Certification and Licensure Board for Social Work may be accessed on the web at http://www.ncswboard. org or by phone at 336-625-1679. MSW levels of licensure/certification in North Carolina include the following: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSWA), Certified Master Social Worker (CMSW), and Certified Social Work Manager (CSWM).

Plans of Study

The MSW may be pursued through the Full Time (two years), Part Time (three years), or Advanced Standing (one year) plans of study.

Full-Time Plan of Study (Two Years)
The Full Time MSW plan of study is designed for students to complete the MSW through two years of intensive study.  The foundation curriculum is completed during the first year of study and the advanced curriculum is completed during the second year.  Students complete a total of 62 graduate credit hours, which includes 48 credit hours in the classroom and 14 credits in an approved field placement.  The Full Time plan of study is outlined below.

Year One: Foundation Curriculum

Fall (15 credits)
SOWK 6121 Social Work Practice: Theories and Skills (3)
SOWK 6131 Social Work Research (3)
SOWK 6141 Foundations of Social Work (3)
SOWK 6151 Social Work, Social Justice, and Diversity (3)
SOWK 6441 Foundation Social Work Practicum I (3)
 
Spring (15 credits)
SOWK 6232  Practice & Program Evaluation (3)
SOWK 6242  Advocacy & Policy Change (3)
SOWK 6252  Mental Health Assessment (3)
SOWK 6442  Foundation Social Work Practicum II (3)
*Elective

Year Two: Advanced Curriculum

Fall (16 credits)
SOWK 7122 Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals (3)
SOWK 7126 Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups (3)
SOWK 7222 Advanced Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations I (3)
SOWK 7443 Advanced Social Work Practicum I (4)
*Elective (3)
 
Spring (16 credits)
SOWK 7127 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families (3)
SOWK 7223 Advanced Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations II (3)
SOWK 7651  Reflection & Synthesis (3)
SOWK 7444 Advanced Social Work Practicum II (4)
*Elective (3)

Total Program Credits = 62

* Students work with their advisors to select three 3-credit electives that reflect their individual specialization.


Part Time Blended Plan of Study (3 years)

The Part Time (PT) Blended plan of study is designed for students who wish to complete an MSW but cannot attend graduate school under the FT plan of study.  In the Part Time Blended plan of study, the MSW can be completed in three years.  Part Time MSW students take the same courses as students in the Full Time plan of study.  They complete 62 graduate credit hours, which includes 48 credit hours in the classroom and 14 credits in an approved field placement.

The term "blended study" means courses are offered as hybrid, or blends, of face-to-face on-campus insturction and online instruction. Face-to-face classes meet on Saturdays at UNC Charlotte's Center City Building.  Online coursework is asynchronous, meaning students and instructors do not meet online at the same time.  Students begin the program in May at the beginning of the 10-week Extended Summer Session.  The Foundation curriculum is completed during the first year.  During Fall and Spring semesters of the first year, students continue to take a blend of Satruday and online  classes while completing the Foundation field placement on other days of the week.  During the next Extended Summer Session, students take one course to complete the Foundation curriculum.

Students complete the Advanced curriculum over two years, which includes two Fall semesters, two Spring semesters, and one Extended Summer Session.  During the Advanced curriculum Fall and Spring semesters, students continue taking a blend of Saturday and online classes and complete an Advanced field placement other days of the week.  In the final Extended Summer Session, students take an elective course that reflects their professional interests.  In the final Fall and Spring, students complete their required Advanced curriculum courses.  The Part Time plan of study is outlined below.

Year One:  Foundation Curriculum

Summer (6 credits)
SOWK 6121 social work Practice:  Theory and Skills (3)
SOWK 6141 Foundations of Social Work (3)
 
Fall (9 credits)
SOWK 6131 Social Work Research (3)
SOWK 6151 Social Work, Social Justice, & Diversity (3)
SOWK 6441 Foundation Social Work Practicum I (3)
 
Spring (9 credits)
SOWK 6242 Advocacy and Policy Change (3)
SOWK 6232 Practice and Program Evaluation (3)
SOWK 6442 Foundation Social Work Practicum II (3)
 
Summer (3 Credits)
SOWK 6252 Mental Health Assessment (3)

Year Two:  Advanced Curriculum   

Fall (10 Credits)
SOWK 7122 Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals (3)
SOWK 7222 Advanced Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations I (3)
SOWK 7443 Advanced Social Work Practicum I (4)
 
Spring (10 Credits)
SOWK 7127 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families (3)
SOWK 7223 Advanced Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations II (3)
SOWK 7443 Advanced Social Work Practicum II (4)
 
Summer (3 Credits)
*Elective (3)

Year Three:  Advanced Curriculum (cont.)

 Fall (6 Credits)
SOWK 7126 Advanced Interpersonal Practice with Groups (3)
*Elective (3)
 
Spring (6 Credits)
SOWK 7651 Reflection and Synthesis (3)
*Elective (3)
 
Total Program Credits = 62

* Students work with their advisors to select three 3-credit electives relating to a vulnerable population.


Advanced Standing Plan of Study (One Year)

The Advanced Standing plan of study is designed for students who have earned a BSW from an accredited social work program within the past seven years and wish to pursue the MSW.  Advanced Standing students are not required to complete the Foundation curriculum for the MSW.  Under the Advanced Standing plan of study, the MSW can be completed in one calendar year.  Students complete 41 graduate credits hours, which includes 33 credit hours in the classroom and 8 credits in an approved field placement.

Studnts begin the program in May at the beginning of the 10-week Extended Summer Session.  Advanced Standing students complete 9 hours of graduate level work designed to bridge the gap between their BSW curriculum and the Advanced MSW curriculum.  In the Fall and Spring semesters, students complete the Advanced curriculum along with students completing the Full Time plan of study. The Advanced Standing plan of study is outlined below.

Extended Summer Session (9 credits)
SOWK 6232 Practice and Program Evaluation (3)
SOWK 6242 Advocacy and Policy Change
SOWK 6252 Mental Health Assessment (3)
 
Fall (16 credits)
SOWK 7122 Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals (3)
SOWK 7126 Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups (3)
SOWK 7222 Advanced Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations I (3)
SOWK 7443 Advanced Social Work Practicum I (4)
*Elective (3)
 
Spring (16 credits)
SOWK 7127 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families (3)
SOWK 7223 Advanced Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations II (3)
SOWK 7651 Reflection and Synthesis (3)
SOWK 7444 Advanced Social Work Practicum II (4)
*Elective (3)
 
Total Program Credits = 41

*Students work with their advisors to select two 3-credit electives relating to a vulnerable population.

MSW Program Handbook & Field Manual

Click here for the 2017-2018 MSW Program Handbook

MSW Elective Choice Form

Students use the Elective Choice Form to document elective choice discussed with their advisors.

Click here for the Elective Choice Form. 

GSWA Membership and Activities

The MSW Program has a vibrant Graduate Social Work Assocation as a part of campus life.  As an affiliate of the Graduate and Professional Student Government, the Graduate Social Work Association qualifies for funds for continuing education and research activities. The Graduate Social Work Association was chartered in Fall 2001 in accordance with the Graduate and Professional Student Government by-laws. The president of the Graduate Social Work Association serves as the representative from the School of Social Work to the GPSG organization. Student activity fees fund the organization’s programs and activities, including travel to professional conferences, speakers, and research activities. The GPSG sponsors an annual research fair with monetary awards to excelling students. Elections are held within the School of Social Work each spring for the following year’s officers. All students are automatic members of the Graduate Social Work Association; there are no dues. An appointed faculty member from the School of Social Work serves as the advisor to the Graduate Social Work Association.  Click above for more information. 

Advocates for Change

Advocates for Change is a student-led graduate level student organization. Faculty serve as advisors but the organization is run by students. Advocates for Change began with a group of MSW students at UNC Charlotte in February 2015 as a student response to media reports and peer-reviewed research reports demonstrating inequitable treatment of disadvantaged and 31 minority individuals by health, education, and law enforcement services in the region, state, and nation. According to its mission statement, Advocates for Change is “Master of Social Work and Master’s level students from other disciplines who are committed to providing services to the UNC Charlotte campus and Charlotte community...The Advocates for Change goal is to enhance the quality of life for oppressed and vulnerable populations through advocacy, human services delivery, and research.” The organization was formally recognized by the University’s Graduate and Professional Student Government in November 2015.  Click bove for more information. 

School Social Work

Graduates of the Program may also qualify for licensure as a school social worker in the state of North Carolina. The School Social Work license is awarded by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. To be eligible for school social work licensure, MSW students must complete a two-semester field placement in a school setting, take SOWK 7010 School Social Work, and take another course from a list of approved electives. The School of Social Work’s Interim Field Education Director, Ticola Ross, has additional information about school social work licensure. She can be reached at tcaldw16@uncc.edu or 704-687-7932. Information is also available at http://www.ncsswa.org. Students interested in school social work licensure should begin planning with their advisors and the MSW Field Education Director as early in the program as possible. Click here for more information:  https://socialwork.uncc.edu/student-resources/school-social-work-licensure 

Child Welfare Education Collaborative

The North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaborative (CWEC) includes specialized, in-depth training in child welfare knowledge, values, and best practices. The program was established in 1999 to improve public child welfare services in North Carolina and is administered by the Jordan Institute for Families at UNC Chapel Hill.  CWEC ensures that graduates meet the state's pre-service training (PST) competency requirements. CWEC seeks to increase the number of professionally educated social workers in public child welfare in North Carolina. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte School of Social Work began participating in the Collaborative in 2002. 
 
More information about the NC Child Welfare Collaborative can be found at http://ssw.unc.edu/cwec/. For additional information about participating in the NC Child Welfare Education Collaborative at UNC Charlotte, please contact the site coordinator, Dr. Robert Herman-Smith, at bherman@uncc.edu or 704-687-7180.

Contact Information

MSW Program Director
Robert Herman-Smith, PhD, MSW, MA
School of Social Work
704-687-7180
 
School of Social Work Office of Admissions

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