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.

The School of Social Work has proposed to change the Part-Time internship from Year 1 and 2 to Year 2 and 3; the curriculum below reflects these changes.

Year One: Foundation Curriculum

Summer (6 credits)

SOWK 6121 Social Work Practice: Theory and Skills (3)
SOWK 6141 Foundations of Social Work (3)

Fall (6 credits)

SOWK 6131 Social Work Research (3)
SOWK 6151 Social Work, Social Justice, & Diversity (3)

Spring (6 credits)

SOWK 6242 Advocacy and Policy Change (3)
SOWK 6232 Practice and Program Evaluation (3)

Year Two: Advanced Curriculum

Summer (3 Credits)

SOWK 6252 Mental Health Assessment (3)

Fall (9 Credits)

SOWK 7122 Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals (3)
SOWK 7222 Advanced Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations I (3)
SOWK 6441 Foundation Social Work Practicum I (3)

Spring (9 Credits)

SOWK 7127 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families (3)
SOWK 7223 Advanced Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations II (3)
SOWK 6442 Foundation Social Work Practicum II (3)

Year Three: Advanced Curriculum (cont.)

Summer (3 Credits)

*Elective (3)

Fall (10 Credits)

SOWK 7126 Advanced Interpersonal Practice with Groups (3)
*Elective (3)
SOWK 7443 Advanced Social Work Practicum I (4)

Spring (10 Credits)

SOWK 7651 Reflection and Synthesis (3)
*Elective (3)
SOWK 7444 Advanced Social Work Practicum II (4)

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.