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Social Work and Divinity

Program Description

This program can be completed in four continuous years of full-time study (instead of 5 years) and leads to a master of divinity degree conferred by Duke University and a master of social work degree conferred by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Efficiency of the dual degree requires strict adherence to course sequence and the curriculum as designed. The program cannot be shortened significantly by taking courses in summer session at either school.

Inter-Institutional courses that are available while enrolled in a minimum of 3 courses at either university will be counted for credit at the school of current enrollment but will not be counted by both schools. The Robertson Scholars' bus arrangement can be used for free transportation between both schools.

Distinctive Features of the Program

Two integrative seminars co-led by a member of UNC’s Social Work faculty and a member of the Duke Divinity faculty are taken in the first and final year of study. These seminars enable students to integrate theological, biblical, theoretical (bio-psychosocial-spiritual and person-in-environment framework), ethical, pastoral, social justice, empirical perspectives, and practical dimensions of social work.

Requirements for Admission

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited four-year college or university or equivalent educational credential from another country
  • Separate applications to Duke Divinity School and UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Acceptance into one of program does not guarantee acceptance into the other.

The School of Social Work Also Requires:

  • Personal statement
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Recent scores from the Graduate Record Examination

Students cannot transfer into the dual degree program from other universities.

For more information, contact:

University of North Carolina School of Social Work
Amelia C. Roberts-Lewis, program coordinator
(919) 962-6428

Sharon Holmes Thomas, director of recruitment, admissions and financial aid
(919) 962-4367

Duke Divinity School
Donna Claycomb, Office of Admissions
Box 90965, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-3436