Master of Science in Social Work
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Master of Science in Social Work

The Department of Social Work at Austin Peay, in association with the Mid-Tennessee Collaborative Master of Social Work, offers a master’s program designed for the working professional with on-campus courses offered in the evening and the remaining classes offered online.

The mission of the MTC-MSW Program is dedicated to the enhancement of human well-being, diversity, and social justice through developing and improving systems of public social services, especially for children and families, by offering graduate training in Social Work with a hybrid model of delivery. The mission of the program reflects the dominant values of the social work profession and is dedicated to serving the needs of the region, preparing social workers with an advanced generalist practice orientation suited to the social context, and reflecting the values and skills of the profession.

The advanced generalist concentration curriculum builds on the knowledge, values, skills, and roles mastered at the foundation level. The concentration requires that students have greater theoretical and methodological sophistication. It requires them to be able to work in a wider selection of practitioner roles. It requires the ability to integrate research into advanced practice, add greater depth to the provision of services, and provide the skills to function as administrators, supervisors, policy analysts, and social planners. 

Students who have completed the BSW degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing status.  This allows for degree completion in one year of full-time study or two years if the student chooses to attend part-time.

The Social Work program is offered through the APSU Clarksville Campus and admits for the fall term only. Priority admissions is February 1.

Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Stefanie Hicks
Department of Social Work website

Admission Requirements

Required Application Materials

* The Social Work departmental application and attached Letter of Reference forms can be found here.

Admission Requirements

The Social Work program admits for fall semesters on the APSU main campus. Priority application review begins February 1st. Only complete admission files will be referred to the committee for review. All admissions decisions are  made by the Social Work department. To be admitted, applicants should meet the following admission requirements: 

International Admission Requirements

To view graduate programs available to international students, refer to the Graduate Programs for International Students page on the College of Graduate Studies website. Dependent upon program and/or visa status, additional graduate admission requirements must be met. Please refer to the Admission Requirements for International Students page on our website for detailed information and forms that may be required. All admission documents must be received and processed before selection committee review.

Admission Status

Regular Admission will be granted to applicants who have met all entrance requirements. To be granted conditional  admission, unofficial transcripts and entrance exam scores may be submitted until the official documents are received by Graduate Admissions. If official documents are not received as prescribed in the current Graduate Bulletin all classes will be dropped. Denied admission status will be granted to applicants who do not meet the regular or conditional criteria for admission to the program.