Director's Message

Welcome to the webpages for the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The historical roots of the Department date back to the 1970s and since then we have grown into our own school within the College of Health and Human Services.  We have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program and a Master of Social Work (MSW) Program; both are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Additionally, we are part of an interdisciplinary collaboration that offers a Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Mental Health.  We offer our BSW and MSW students opportunities to become certified in School Social Work, and are part of the NC Child Welfare Collaborative.

We are fortunate to be housed in one of the newest, technologically-equipped buildings on campus, conveniently and centrally located across the street from the Student Union. You'll easily see the copper dome on our building.  In addition to our on-campus presence, we are proud to also offer a fully online pathway to earn the MSW degree, which affords working professionals an opportunity to earn a graduate degree without coming to campus.

We believe that the School of Social Work is the people.  We are comprised of our students and alumni, our faculty members and staff, and our community partners.  There is not enough space on this webpage to catalog all the important and excellent work our students and alumni are doing in our communities, as well as the impressive research our talented faculty have done and are doing. And, the heart of the School is the teaching and learning that takes place in our classrooms (on campus and virtually) and in our diverse field placements.

When considering one of our programs, one of the most critical factors to examine is the School's organizational culture. Our School has a positive, student-centered, vibrant culture emphasizing student involvement, community engagement and a steadfast commitment to serve vulnerable people in the Charlotte region. If you get a chance to visit us, you will feel the positive synergy and dedication among the faculty, staff, and students.  That synergy resulted in a giant leap in our national ranking. In 2008, the U.S. News and World Report ranked our MSW Program as 82nd in the country, and as of 2021 we had jumped 29 spots to 51st nationally. We continue to strive; we will only get better.

In Fall 2021, we will welcome our School's new director, Dr. Beth Wahler.  We look forward to continued improvements and innovations, and invite you to learn more about the exciting work taking place here

Dr. Diana Rowan

Interim Director & Professor