Quick links


School of Social Work

McNeill Hall, Room 3101
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5979
Phone: (910) 962-3872
Fax: (910) 962-7283


Dr. Peter Nguyen:

Master's of Social Work: Curriculum Overview

The MSW degree program prepares graduates for advanced clinical practice in settings such as mental health, child welfare, family services and medical social work. The program emphasizes ethical and knowledge-based practice and includes coursework in program development and the management of social work practice and service delivery.

MSW Full-time Program Curriculum (PDF)

MSW Part-Time Program Curriculum (PDF)

Foundation Focus Content:

  • Human Behavior and Social Environment
  • Social Research
  • Social Policy
  • Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Populations at Risk
  • Social and Economic Justice
  • Clinical Practice
  • Ethics

Advanced Focus Content:

  • Clinical Practice
  • Course Work in Advanced Clinical Research
  • Organizational and Financial Context of Practice
  • Diversity Issues in Practice
  • Psychopathology

Extensive field placement in clinical practice settings with close supervision by faculty, clinical instructors and field supervisors is a key component of the MSW program. The guiding themes of curriculum and program development include up-to-date social work practice knowledge and skill, the strengths focus, career long learning, knowledge-based practice, technology, and leadership. With the department’s community and regional engagement every graduate student is provided an opportunity to work in social development programs and projects.

UNC Wilmington | 601 S. College Road, Wilmington NC 28403 | 910.962.3000 | About this Site | Copyright Notice | Feedback | Page maintained by:  M. Werbeach [ werbeachm AT uncw DOT edu ]