Fayetteville State University


Accredited Social Work Degrees at FSU

Fayetteville State University appears in our ranking of the 36 Most Affordable Accredited MSW Programs in the South East.

Since 2011, the College of Arts & Sciences has granted a Social Work BSW to Fayetteville State University undergrads who've mastered the evidence-based intervention practices that ease oppressive injustices. Directed by Dr. Erica Campbell, the 60-credit, upper-division major develops nine professional competencies with special focus on empowering African Americans. In-person courses like Cultural Diversity, Infancy to Adolescence, Practice with Military Families, and Policy Evaluation have a 15:1 learner-faculty ratio for engagement. Two field placements, such as Magellan Health, NC Mentor, Daymark Recovery, Sandhills Community Action, and Sophia's Haven of Hope, accumulate 480+ résumé hours. Students could also join the NABSW Chapter, become Black Feminist Scholars, pursue the Peace Corps, attend the Boots to Suits Conference, travel to Senegal, and minor in Public Administration.

Given the 2013 HBCU Award for Best Social Work Program, Fayetteville State's MSW deepens clinical practice skills for post-grad leadership in two distinct concentrations: Children and Family Services or Mental Health. Overseen by Dr. Dennis Corbin, the 61-credit, non-thesis program produces Certified Master Social Workers capable of assisting at-risk populations, especially of color. Courses like Human Services Management, Substance Abuse, and Research Methods meet at the Lauretta J. Taylor Building in evenings or on weekends. The Advanced Standing track will waive 26 credits for CSWE-accredited undergrad training. There's also the first Army MSW option at Fort Sam Houston that incurs a five-year service obligation. Field instruction from Salisbury Veterans Home to Duke Children's Specialty Hospital totals 960 clock hours. Other opportunities include joining Phi Alpha, attending the NASW-NC Conference, adding the Military Behavioral Health Certificate, researching in the FASTeR Facility, and visiting India.

About Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University was originally opened in 1867 on Gillespie Street as the Howard School after seven African-American men pooled $136 each. First named for the Freedmen's Bureau Chief General, it was rechartered 10 years later as the State Colored Normal School. Charles W. Chesnutt, famed postbellum author of The Conjure Woman, served as principal until 1883. Accredited in 1947, the School became Fayetteville State University in 1969 and joined the UNC system in 1972. Now budgeting $112.8 million yearly, North Carolina's second-oldest public university enrolls 6,226 Broncos, including Social Work majors, with 73 percent retention. Linked to 16,177 LinkedIn alumni, Fayetteville has graduated Darrell Armstrong, Michele Jones, Affion Crockett, and others at the 38-building Cumberland County campus.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked Fayetteville State the 23rd best historically Black university and 220th top social work school. On Niche, FSU boasts America's 170th best faculty, 332nd best Greek life, 356th top college dining, and 667th best academics. College Factual picked Fayetteville State University 194th among social work programs. The Social Science Research Network placed FSU 89th worldwide in May 2017. Washington Monthly noted Fayetteville as the country's 67th best master's institution. The Tom Joyner Foundation applauded FSU for the #1 best online emergency services training. PayScale calculated a median mid-career salary of $59,700 for Fayetteville State University alums. According to the Social Mobility Index, FSU has the 63rd best opportunity for low-income learners.

Fayetteville State University Accreditation Details

In Spring 2011, Fayetteville State University underwent an institutional review from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to reaffirm the max 10-year Level V accreditation under Chancellor James A. Anderson, who received the 2016 AABHE Harold Delaney Exemplary Leadership Award. Located 373 miles west in Decatur, this 11-state Atlantic Coast accreditor is authorized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to continually check FSU's 39 baccalaureate, nine master's, one doctoral, and 20 certificate offerings. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) also extended its Fayette programmatic approval through June 2019.

Fayetteville State University Application Requirements

Admission to Fayetteville State University is labeled "moderately difficult" on Peterson's since just 2,733 of the 4,611 Fall 2016 applicants were okayed for 59 percent acceptance. First-year Broncos stampeding the Social Work BSW program must finish 64 credits of general education. Prerequisite courses, such as SWRK 230, must be graded "C" or better. Averages falling below the 2.5 mark require a committee interview. Juniors and transfers can waive the required 880 SAT or 17 ACT score. Fayetteville Technical Community College A.A. grads are guaranteed BSW spots thanks to an articulation agreement too. The MSW mandates accredited bachelor's study with 18 social sciences credits and 3.0 upper-level GPAs. Submitting GRE General Section scores less than five years old to the University Testing Services Center is also needed.

Fayetteville State University has set four undergrad deadlines of June 30th for Fall, December 1st for Spring, May 1st for Summer I, and June 1st for Summer II entry. The MSW Program starts each Fall with a January 15th candidacy deadline. Create a free CFNC account online to submit the undergraduate or graduate application. Arrange for official documents to ship to 1200 Murchison Road in Fayetteville, NC 28301. Please inquire more at (910) 672-2850 or esc@uncfsu.edu. The Enrollment Services Center requests the following:

  • Non-refundable $40 fee payment
  • High school and bachelor's transcripts
  • Verified GRE scores or waiver request
  • Three forms of recommendation
  • Signed code of ethical behavior agreement
  • Two- or three-page typed personal narrative

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2018-19, Fayetteville State University is charging full-time Social Work BSW majors $2,982 annually. Non-resident undergrads pay $14,590 each year. Mandatory add-ons include the $718 athletic fee, $237 health fee, $382 technology fee, and $565 activity fee. Living at the Sandhills campus' dorms like Renaissance Hall costs $6,557 for housing and $3,938 for dining. Annual bachelor's attendance equals $16,517 in-state and $28,125 out-of-state. The MSW tuition bills North Carolinians $3,437 and non-residents $14,503 yearly full-time. Studying part-time incurs $429 in-state and $1,812 out-of-state per two credits.

According to the NCES College Navigator, 69 percent of full-time FSU Broncos buck for median financial aid offers of $6,652 each and $25.44 million combined. University funds include the Barbara Massey Scholarship, Donna Hurst Carter Scholarship, James Burch Scholarship, Lloyd Hackley Scholarship, Dr. Valeria Fleming Scholarship, Sangbolu Tamba Scholarship, Katie Forshee Scholarship, and Curtis Worthy Endowed Scholarship. The UNCIG Grant provides eligible undergrads at the 16 branches with up to $4,200. Federal Pell and FSEOG Grant values are calculated with FAFSA applications coded 002928. Tar Heel State residents pursue the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship, Child Welfare Postsecondary Support Program, and Student Incentive Grant. Federal Work-Study jobs pay at least $7.25/hour. The Graduate School has assistantships covering in-state tuition up to 15 credits. College Factual also records average yearly debt of $5,403 from Perkins, Direct, Plus, and alternative loans.

Learn more about Fayetteville State University at the School of Social Work website.