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Our Foundation

UNC School of Social Work faculty, staff, students, and supporters share a common foundation of core beliefs, which we express through our Mission, Vision, and Values. In addition, our School has developed a Strategic Plan that outlines our goals and objectives.

We follow the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics as social work professionals.


As a professional school of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we celebrate an academic heritage that began with the University’s charter on Dec. 11, 1789. (UNC is proud to be the nation’s first public university — by the people, for the people!)

The University is among the top research universities in the world, and our School is proud to be among the nation’s top schools of social work.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is governed by its Board of Trustees, and it is the flagship institution of the University of North Carolina System, which is governed by the UNC Board of Governors.


UNC School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. We conduct a regular Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes as part of the accreditation process. The School also provides an Assessment Outcomes Plan for generalist and specialized student learning outcomes.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.