Frequently Asked Questions

Many prospective students have questions about the UNCW MSW program. You may find your answers here. If you still need information, email us at

Q: How do I apply to the program?
A: You must first apply to, and be admitted to the UNCW Graduate School. You
will find all Graduate School admission information at:
All admissions materials you submit to the Graduate School will be forwarded to the
MSW Admissions Committee for review after the Graduate School determines your
eligibility to the UNCW Graduate School. The MSW Admissions Committee then
determines admission to the MSW Program.

Q: When is the application deadline?
A: The deadline for fall admission is February 1.

Q: Is a specific score on the GRE required?
A: No, although at least average scores will stand you in good stead. We consider all
aspects of an applicant’s background, and standardized testing is just one aspect.

Q: Are some undergraduate majors (like social work) preferred?
A: No, we welcome students with a diverse background, although we do require
20 undergraduate credit hours of behavioral sciences courses.

Q: What types of courses are included in “behavioral sciences”?
A: These are courses in the following areas: anthropology, criminal justice,
economics, geography, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology.

Q: Can I apply if I do not have 20 hours of behavioral sciences?
A: If you do not have the required course background, you must take supplemental
post-baccalaureate courses to meet this requirement. Choose courses in the
disciplines identified above (particularly social work, psychology and sociology) and
have the grade transcript included in your application.

Q: Is there financial aid?
A: We have financial assistance available for some of our students. Complete
The university forms that verify your need for assistance, and also check into loan
programs and scholarships.
Additionally, a limited number of teaching assistantships are available.

Q: Does work or volunteer experience in the human services influence admissions?
A: While all applicants will be considered individually, if you have some background
in human services through work, internships, or volunteer efforts your application
is stronger.

Q: What should I include in my personal narrative?
A: Try to give the Admissions Committee a concise picture of who you are (your
academic and personal experiences) and why you are choosing social work as a
career. Discuss your current thoughts about what you would like to do with your
MSW degree, although we know that this may change as you go through the
program. Remember that we have many applicants, so the more clear and detailed
you are about your history and goals the better picture we have of you

Q: Is there a part-time program?
A: No.

Q: Are there courses offered on nights and weekends?
A: No.

Q: Can I start the program in January?
A: No.

Q: Is there advanced standing?
A: No.

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