Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
If you earn a 3.0 or higher with your B.S.W. degree, you can apply to an Advanced Standing Master of Social Work Program. This allows you to obtain your M.S.W. in 1 year instead of the traditional 2 years. Though we love to see our double Eagles, a B.S.W. earned from our institution is honored at any university in the US that offers the Advanced Standing Option. (Note: A 3.0 does not guarantee admission, but it is a common standard to get your application reviewed).
If you want more experience before entering the field or attending graduate school, consider an AmeriCorps Opportunity. This is a full-year service opportunity with which you can put your skills to practice in an environment that is supportive and expectations are that you are learning new skills.
You are paid a living wage (about $30k), receive full health benefits, and often receive housing compensation, and your loans go into forbearance (do not need to pay loans for the year). At the end of your service year, you receive just under $7,000 to use toward repaying student loans.
Some examples of AmeriCorps opportunities are College Advising Corps and Hunger Corps. The main website where you can get more information is https://americorps.gov/. There are opportunities locally and nationally, and we have alumni who can talk about their experiences.
Working with Your B.S.W.
Many of our students choose to go to work with their B.S.W. degree. This degree works as many humanities degrees work as well. In North Carolina, some of your options include working for a non-profit, at the county (social services), for the public school system and as a case manager.