Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work


Are you interested in furthering your career in Social Work? Are you concerned with the human rights and social justice issues that are facing our society?

The mission of the master of social work at East Carolina University is to educate students for knowledgeable and competent practice, to encourage the development of high standards of personal and professional achievement, and to have appreciation for human diversity. The school provides a research and technological base for students to participate in research to enhance professional activities.

Professional social workers are found in every facet of community life - in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, senior centers, elected office, private practices, prisons, military, corporations, and in numerous public and private agencies that serve individuals and families in need. Professional social workers are the nation's largest group of mental health services providers. Social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. The profession is expected to grow by 25 percent between 2010 and 2020. More than 650,000 people currently hold social work degrees.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelors degree from an accredited undergraduate institution.
  • A satisfactory score on either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) unless a Test Waiver is granted.
  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
  • Three letters of professional reference
  • Resume

Test Waivers Available

  1. Accredited BSW degree and an overall 3.0 GPA
  2. 10 plus years since undergraduate degree completion and 10 plus years social work practice
  3. Prior Graduate level coursework

Email if you believe you qualify for a Waiver

Applicants must complete an application to the Graduate School (Apply Now button below) which includes personal statement questions. Applications are due on January 8 of the proposed year of entrance. For application instructions, please click here


Program Requirements

Required Courses

The MSW program requires completion of internships. For Regular Pathway students, there are two internships. The first occurs during the second semester of the first year. Advanced Standing students are exempt from the first MSW internship. The second internship is a two semester internship throughout the second year. MSW students are required to spend 24 hours a week in the field, for a minimum of 336 hours a semester.

Delivery Methods

The MSW program is offered on-campus in a face-to-face format, as well as through 3 part time options, located in New Bern, Rocky Mount, and on-campus. The part time programs are a hybrid format with some online classes, some hybrid classes, and some face-to-face on Saturdays at their locations. Email for more information.

Additional Information

There are four different program options in which students may enroll if the required criteria is met.

  • Full Time Regular MSW: A 60 credit hour program with a curriculum that is divided into a foundation year and an advanced year.
  • Full Time Advanced Standing MSW: Available for students earned a BSW degree from an accredited program. This is an accelerated, full-time (entire calendar year) program.  Enrolling in both summer sessions, fall and spring semesters.
  • Part Time Regular and Advanced Standing MSW: Both options are for students who need more flexibility while pursuing their graduate degree. These hybrid programs are completed over a three-year period. For more information about our Part Time programs please click here.

Accreditation Information

The MSW degree is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

East Carolina has determined that its Master of Social Work program meets the requirements for professional licensure in all states within the continental United States.