The hybrid Master of Social Work degree at Appalachian

Appalachian State University’s Master of Social Work program serves as a launching pad to help you make a positive change in the community.

This App State Online program provides you with advanced practice and intervention skills to empower yourself and others.

The Master of Social Work curriculum prepares you to step into management or supervisory roles, leading others to offer effective social work services.

Conduct research that can make a direct impact on the livelihood of many individuals and learn to foster relationships with people who need you the most.

App State Online: Change your future.

More information on Social Work


  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Medical social worker
  • Child welfare case worker
  • School social worker

Degree details


  • The Individuals and Families concentration is designed for those who intend to go into advanced direct and clinical practice. Click for course information.
  • The Community and Organizational Practice concentration prepares you for advanced practice in the range of settings that focus on social problems and social change at the community, organizational and societal levels. Click for course information.

(Note: Not all courses listed may be delivered to App State Online students. Refer curriculum questions to the program contact.)

Program information

  • Instruction is delivered with some face-to-face instruction and some online instruction. The face to face component of the courses is taught in the evenings.
  • This program is 33 hours for Advanced Standing students. If you have earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited university within the past seven years and have a 3.2 grade point average in your undergraduate courses, you may apply for the Advanced Standing program.
  • Completion time: Two years

Eligibility and Application Requirements


Applicants must:

Admissions exam:

COVID-19 Update Effective 8/5/2020:

Individuals applying to programs for admission in Spring 2021 or later will be expected to submit scores for the required entrance exam unless they meet their intended program's criteria for waiving the exam (see more about admissions exam criteria below). Both the GRE and the GMAT are available in an at-home / online format; in addition, many testing centers have reopened and are available for on-site testing.

GRE waivers are available for applicants who:

  • are eligible for Advanced Standing and have a GPA of 3.2 or higher in undergraduate Social Work major courses; or
  • have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher in the last earned degree; or
  • have completed a graduate degree in another discipline.

No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. Standardized test scores may be required for scholarship consideration.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria listed above will be required to take the official general GRE exam in accordance with Graduate School policy.

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts must be submitted showing any completed degrees and transcripts showing any coursework completed at institutions other than Appalachian in the last five years
  • A personal statement
  • Resume
  • Three references
  • Program selection form

Professional Licensure

This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification.  Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.

If this applies to you, check the U.S. Department of Education for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at or 828-262-7559.

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Hear from an Alumnus

Tristan Killian

“For this working father of three, school was not an option unless it was flexible, affordable, well respected by employers and the community, and close enough for in-person access. Appalachian’s hybrid program allowed me to obtain my degree with once-weekly evening classroom meetings and online assignment coordination. I obtained my MSW and received gifts of professional and personal growth through professors that invested in fostering the confidence and competence needed to excel in both my profession and life.”

– Tristan Killian ‘19