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MSW Program

2018 Application Deadlines:

  • January 9, 2018: Chapel Hill 2-year Full-time Program and the Advanced Standing Program (The Advanced Standing Program will begin May 15, 2018; the 2-year Full-time Program begins in August.)
     
  • February 13, 2018: Triangle and Winston-Salem 3-year Distance Education Programs (The 3-year Distance Education Programs begin in August.)

We encourage you to apply early! If you are a full-time applicant and would like to be considered for the University Merit Assistantship or the Weiss Urban Livability Masters Fellowship, please complete your application by December 12, 2017.

Please note: If you are reapplying to the SSW, ALL materials must be resubmitted except for GRE scores taken within the last five years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 To be evaluated for admission, ALL applicants must complete the following and send electronically to the Graduate School Admissions Office:

  • UNC Graduate School Application. Complete online.
  • Application fee is $87.50.
  • Statement of Purpose (4 - 5 pages)
  • Current resume
  • One unofficial transcript* from each accredited university, college and/or community college attended (not just where your degree was completed) must be uploaded within the application. Check file size and do not exceed 1024kb. If you are offered admission, one official paper transcript for each university attended will be required prior to class registration. International applicants must also provide an English translation. 
  • Three letters of recommendation. Once you enter and save the name and email address of your recommender in your online application, they will receive instructions on how to upload the letter. A copy of the recommendation guidelines should be given to the those writing the recommendations. One academic recommendation or a letter from a supervisor attesting to your academic capability is required. The other two recommendations should be from those who have observed you in social work related activities.
  • Request ETS to send official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores to UNC Chapel Hill. Applicants should indicate instituion #5816 as the recipient when requesting score reports. (There is no seperate code for the SSW.) Applicants who have a research or professional doctorate degree in a field related to social work may apply for an exemption from the GRE. We recommend that you submit your request by December 1st. Please note: Your GRE scores will not be linked to your application until 7-10 days after you submit your application.
  • Interviews will be required for all competitive international applicants, applicants to the MDiv/MSW dual degree program and applicants to the Triangle and Winston-Salem distance education programs. The School of Social Work admissions office will contact all applicants for interviews by email.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for international applicants who received their bachelor’s degree at a school where English was not the primary language. Applicants must meet minimum TOEFL scores as set by the School of Social Work.
  • Any Social Work applicant who has responded "yes" to any of the Community Standards questions on the UNC Graduate School application may be asked to submit to a background check before their application will be reviewed. Failure to provide complete, accurate, and truthful information on your application will be grounds to deny or withdraw an applicant's admission or for dismissal after enrollment. For policies related to criminal background checks and our field education program, please visit our Field Education Manual. If you plan to pursue your social work licensure in NC or another state, please be sure to talk with the state licensure board to make sure you are aware of their review policies.

Distance Education applicants must also submit a one-page response to supplemental application questions and complete a required interview.

Advanced Standing applicants must meet the requirements below:

  • Reference letter from a faculty member at their BSW Program. This can be one of the three required recommendations.
  • If you have been out of school more than seven (7) years, you must complete submit a formal request to be considered for the Advanced Standing Program.
  • A copy of Field Instructor's evaluations from undergraduate placement will be required prior to the Advanced Standing Orientation.
  • Have a B or better average GPA in the last 60 credit hours of an accredited bachelor's degree and a B or better in all of the required undergraduate social work classes. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Completed a direct service field placement of at least 400 clock hours with a grade of B or better. Applicants with MSW supervision in their undergraduate placement are preferred.

Technical Standards for Professional and Ethical Behavior

All applicants should review our program's Technical Standards for Professional and Ethical Behavior. The SSW is preparing students for careers as professional social workers. Given the nature of professional social work practice to protect the clients and communities we serve, the SSW has established requirements for student conduct that not only focus on academic performance but that also emphasize necessary skills, attributes, and competencies. These requirements apply within the traditional classroom setting, in field placements, and in the broader community context. The document describes the Technical Standards for Professional and Ethical Behavior each MSW student must satisfy in order to enroll in, progress through, and graduate from the MSW program.

For more information about the School of Social Work, the admissions process, or to schedule a campus visit, please contact:

Ben Balderas, MSW
Assistant Director, Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid
(919) 843-6284
ben_balderas@unc.edu

Sharon Thomas, MSW
Assistant Dean, Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid
(919) 962-4367
sharon_thomas@unc.edu