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MSW Program Ranked Most Affordable in the Nation

UNC Charlotte’s Master of Social Work degree is the most affordable program in the nation, according to the website Social Work Degree Guide.

To select its list, the website looked at a number of resources, including the average in-state graduate tuition listed on the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator. The guide noted that for the top 100 graduate social work degrees, the average in-state tuition in 2014 was $15,416. It listed UNC Charlotte’s MSW tuition at $4,008.

Housed in the School of Social Work in the College of Health and Human Services, the Master of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the nationally recognized accrediting body for the field. The 62-credit hour program prepares graduates to be "advanced practitioners of social work who engage client systems at all levels in a manner consistent with social work values and ethics."

Health Professional Becomes Executive-in-Residence

Bringing a unique background in health care analytics, finance and economics to the University, Dipti Patel-Misra is the first executive-in-residence in the Center for Graduate Life (CGL).

In her role with the CGL, Patel-Misra will develop and teach a course on strategic career planning for graduate students interested in roles outside academia. She also will be available to meet with students one-on-one to coach them toward sustainable career success. “For a successful career, one needs a combination of both academic and non-academic skills,” Patel-Misra said. “Understanding, developing and leveraging these skills for the right role leads to a fulfilling career.”

Patel-Misra, who holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill, has two decades of experience in health care analytics; finance; insurance; and health economics, outcomes and informatics, including senior leadership roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, SAS and Best Doctors.