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Founded in 1920, the UNC School of Social Work is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation. Through innovative research that improves practice and enhances education, we search for solutions to the challenges of poverty, mental health, violence, and substance use. We prepare social workers to make a difference.

We are a graduate school offering M.S.W. and Ph.D. degrees.

Our Students

Our School has a tradition of excellence in producing practitioners and leaders who are committed to public, private and nonprofit services and to the development of policies and programs that strengthen individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations.

Across the country and internationally, alumni serve in a variety of direct practice and management positions. Our graduates work with racially diverse communities in rural, urban and suburban settings. They assist children and the elderly and those who are ill or challenged by mental and physical disabilities. Our graduates build on the strengths inherent in at-risk populations and bring compassion and wisdom to the most intransigent social problems.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (pdf)

Our Faculty

Our faculty members are respected and recognized scholars and entrepreneurs who have produced a wide range of innovative research, including studies that address some of the most pressing problems of addiction, aging, at-risk youth, poverty, healthcare, family violence and affordable housing. The School has grown to include 27 tenured and tenure-track faculty members - seven of whom are chaired or distinguished professors – and more than 65 clinical and research faculty members. In 2011, social work faculty received more than $12 million in grant funding.

Our Service

For almost a century, the School has served the people of North Carolina and today collaborates with all 100 counties on programs, training and research that aim to improve the overall health and well-being of the state’s nearly 9 million residents. Each academic year, master's students contribute tens of thousands of hours through largely unpaid field placements to human service agencies, schools, and other public and nonprofit organizations that serve North Carolina communities.

The UNC School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.