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UNC School of Social Work offers academic programs leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (Ph.D.) degree. In addition, MSW students may apply for several dual degree options and certificate programs.

 

Why Apply to UNC? Your Top Three Reasons

  • Quality
    You want to enroll at the best school possible — and UNC School of Social Work is one of the top graduate schools in the nation, ranked #3 by U.S. News & World Report in 2019. As a Research 1 institution, UNC attracts world-class faculty and students. You’ll be challenged and inspired at UNC!
  • Opportunity
    You want a school that offers many paths to pursue your passion for social work. Here at UNC, MSW students explore more than 250 options for field placements, in both macro and direct practice. Doctoral students conduct research on innovative social interventions in a variety of settings and share their work nationally. All of our students prepare to become leaders in our profession.
  • Affordability
    You want the best possible education at the lowest possible cost. UNC School of Social Work tuition and fees are significantly lower than many other top graduate schools. (North Carolina residents can qualify for tuition discounts for in-state residency, too.) Nearly 40 different scholarship awards are available for MSW students, as well as assistantships and other student employment. Doctoral students may receive merit assistantships, research assistantships, and/or teaching assistantships, in addition to fellowships offered through UNC Graduate School.

 

Take The Next Step

We recommend that all prospective students review our admissions brochure and/or attend an information session.

You’ll find comprehensive information about our degree programs and about the application process in the Admissions and Academics sections of our website. Our online brochure “Thinking about a Career in Social Work?” outlines how a MSW degree can lead to new career opportunities.

You can also learn more about our School’s academic and social environment by talking with current students. Each year, MSW students who represent all of our MSW programs volunteer to serve as Student Ambassadors and share their individual perspectives on student life. You are invited to contact any of our Student Ambassadors by email directly to ask them about their experiences.

In addition to learning more about our School, you may also want to tour the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. UNC Visitors Center offers a 90-minute Graduate Student Tour with a broad perspective of campus life. This walking tour is led by a current UNC graduate student.

When you’re ready to apply, remember that applications are submitted through UNC Graduate School.