Online Social Work Programs in North Carolina

Appalachian State University

Housed within the Beaver College of Health Sciences in Boone, North Carolina, Appalachian's Department of Social Work offers both bachelor of social work and master of social work programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The department requires all degree candidates to complete field placements or internships to gain practical experience in North Carolina social work.

Appalachian's Department of Social Work strives to prepare professionals who actively work towards a just society and serve vulnerable and oppressed populations. The department also partners with many Appalachian and global organizations on economic, social, and environmental justice projects.


Appalachian's Master of Social Work

  • Concentrations: This hybrid program offers concentrations in individuals and families and community and organizational practice.
  • Credits and Courses: Students can finish the program by completing 60 credits. Learners with advanced standing can complete the degree with 33 credits. Students holding a bachelor's degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited university and a 3.2 GPA may apply for advanced standing.
  • Completion Time: Degree candidates can graduate within three years, while learners with advanced standing can complete the program in only two years.
  • Field Education: Appalachian requires 240 hours of supervised placement in a human service agency, which provides students with field-based practice.
  • Exam Preparation: This program prepares students for the licensure exam.
  • Transfer Policies: To transfer, students must hold a cumulative 2.25 GPA and at least 30 hours of transferable credit.
  • Online Student Support: Special services for distance learners include Appalachian State Online Library Services, online resources from the student learning center and the writing center, and 24-hour online tutoring.
  • Cost: $237/credit in-state; $896/credit out-of-state.
  • Admission Requirements: Applicants must hold GRE scores less than five years old and a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Candidates must submit an online application, official transcripts, a personal statement, resume, three references, and a program selection form.

Appalachian State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Appalachian State University's online social work programs are CSWE-accredited.

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