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Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work

A banner collage of students working in and supporting the community.
A banner collage of students working in and supporting the community.
A banner collage of students working in and supporting the community.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Social Work Program at Wingate University is to develop exemplary difference makers who have the professional knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive affective processes needed to practice transformative social work in the beloved community.

Transformative Social Work in the Beloved Community

Transformative social work is an innovative approach in which students learn how to weave together the micro, mezzo, and macro levels and utilize the person-in-environment framework in promoting human and community well-being. Wingate’s transformative social work approach is grounded in the beloved community, defined as a place with no room for racism or other forms of marginalization based on any status, where all people are cared for, and where peace transcends international borders. Transformative social work in the beloved community thus prepares social workers who are committed to the professional values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the human being, importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights, and scientific inquiry locally and globally. 

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Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Social Work degree must complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of coursework (including 12 credit hours in one or more practicum settings) in accordance with standards set forth by the Council on Social Work Education.

Course Delivery

The MSW Program is fully online and asynchronous. The program provides full-time students a path to graduation in as little as two years (one year for the advanced standing option) with the flexibility to go part-time if needed. Students are able to advance their careers by continuing to work full-time while taking courses in the MSW program at Wingate.

MSW in the News


Wingate's Master of Social Work has been approved by SACSCOC and is in the process of achieving candidacy status through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). In accordance with the Accreditation Policy Handbook, “students admitted to the MSW Program during or after the academic year in which the program gains candidacy status will be recognized as graduates from a CSWE-BOA accredited program, once the program achieves initial accreditation as granted by the Board of Accreditation (BOA)” (CSWE, 2022, p.77). Wingate  University plans to achieve candidacy status during the 2024-2025 academic year.


Wendy Sellers, PhD, MSW, MA
Founding Director of Social Work Program
(704) 233-6140