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Margaret Wallace



Mission Health System Scholarships
The College of Health and Human Sciences at Western Carolina University is pleased to announce that a scholarship fund has been established for student support through the generous gift of Mission Health System of Asheville, North Carolina. The purpose of this fund is to increase the number of qualified health and allied health care providers in and beyond the western North Carolina region. The fund supports scholarships for students demonstrating exceptional academic merit/promise and/or financial need. Though scholarships will be open to all qualified students, the college is especially interested in supporting applicants from western North Carolina who also reflect the diverse communities we serve. Six MSW students have received scholarships for the current academic year.

Click HERE for additional information and an application.

Master of Social Work (MSW) Program

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The MSW Program at Western Carolina University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The first and last semesters of the full-time MSW program are taught on the WCU campus in Cullowhee and the second and third semesters are taught in Asheville at the WCU Programs at Biltmore Park campus.  For details, please see the sample schedule. 

A Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) prepares graduates for work in a variety of settings, including public agency work, private practice, social service management and administration.

A MSW is required for individuals who want to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). In addition, social workers with a MSW are eligible to obtain certifications from the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), the Qualified Clinical Social Worker (QCSW), and/or the Diplomat in Clinical Social Work (DCSW). These credentials are especially important for those in clinical practice who depend on health insurance providers to reimburse them for services.

Entry into the MSW Program does not require a bachelor's degree in Social Work, but courses in Psychology, Biology, Economics, and Political Science are strongly recommended. Up to twelve semester hours of graduate credit hours with grades of B or better may be transferred from another accredited MSW program.

Full-time, Part-time and Advanced Standing Options

Western Carolina University offers three options of study-- Full-time, part-time and Advanced Standing. The full-time Master of Social Work Program consists of two years of full-time course and fieldwork, excluding summers. All of the classes are offered in back-to-back blocks to best meet scheduling needs of students. The first and last semesters are offered at WCU in Cullowhee while the intermediate two semesters are offered in Asheville at the WCU Programs at Biltmore Park campus.  The department also offers a three or four-year part-time program

A one year Advanced Standing Program is open to a select number of students who have completed a CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work program within the last five years. Advanced Standing students complete a Bridge Course in the summer and follow the concentration year curriculum (see our sample advanced standing schedule).

In accordance with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) policies, no credit is given for life or work experience.

Applications are reviewed upon receipt. The deadline for completion of Advanced Standing applications is February 1.  Priority deadline for applications to the the regular full or part-time program is February 1 with a final  application deadline of April 15. Applications received after these date will be reviewed if there is space available.

A link to the MSW student manual can be found HERE.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Patricia Morse, Professor and Head
Department of Social Work
Health and Human Sciences Bldg. Rm322
4121 Little Savannah Rd.
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: 828-227-7112
E-mail to: pmorse@email.wcu.edu



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