UNCW to Offer Part-time Master of Social Work Beginning Fall 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s College of Health and Human Services School of Social Work will offer a part-time Master of Social Work (MSW) beginning fall 2014, the University announced today. Designed for working professionals, the three-year curriculum will be available on UNCW’s main campus and at the New River Air Station in Onslow County. Applications are being accepted until April 15 and classes will begin on August 25.

Throughout the program, enrolled students will utilize video conferencing and online platforms, and will meet several times a month to learn together. Courses will be offered year-round allowing students to complete the degree in three years.

“Our degrees are in high demand, and we are excited to expand our programming to accommodate non-traditional students,” said Lori Messinger, Director of the School of Social Work. "Offering a blended part-time program to meet the state’s need for master’s educated social workers is a critical part of the school’s commitment to the region and the state.”

The need for social workers continues to rise in many areas, including aging services, health care, and military and veterans’ facilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is anticipated that the demand for social workers will grow 19% over the next eight years, a faster growth than predicted for most professions.

The existing Master of Social Work program is ranked fourth in the state. The new part-time program mirrors the full-time Master of Social Work with the same content, rigor and quality. For more information please contact Stacey Kolomer, Master of Social Work program coordinator.