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Department of Social Work

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work 

Weekend Advanced Standing Program

The Weekend Advanced Standing MSW Program is a 39 credit program available to applicants who have a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited college or university. This is a 39 hour program designed for working professionals who have previously earned a CSWE accredited bachelor’s degree in social work and desire a weekend course schedule.  The Program is completed over two calendar years in the weekend format.  Classes meet one weekend each month. Students enroll in classes over a period of two years beginning each August.   The Program offers a concentration in Empowerment Practice across systems (individuals and families; small groups; and communities and organizations).

Weekend Program Courses consist of five distinct components: 

  1. An initial independent study period during which readings and assignments are completed in preparation for the initial on-campus weekend of class.
  2. A three-day weekend of class (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 8:30a.m.—5:00p.m.)
  3. Another independent study period, during which additional readings and written assignments are completed in preparation for the second on-campus weekend.
  4. A two-day weekend of class (Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m.).
  5. A final study period during which the final course assignment is completed. 

Weekend Program Class Attendance Policy

Because each course in the Weekend Program consists of five intensive class meeting days, students are expected to attend all classes. Students who are absent for more than the equivalent of one day of class in a course will not receive credit for the course. Absences must be requested through the course instructor. Because courses are sequenced, the need to re-take a course can delay a student’s progression through the Program.


Charlotte Regional Partnership

Plan of Courses (pdf 86 KB)

Course Meeting Dates (pdf 273 KB)

Information about Field Instruction

MSW Information Sessions

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)


For questions regarding admissions, please contact the Graduate School 803/323-2204.

For questions regarding the MSW program, please contact the Department of Social Work 803/323-2168.


The Department of Social Work offers a range of assistantship positions to MSW students. Click here for more information.

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