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Social Work and Divinity

Program Description

The Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work program can be completed in four continuous years of full-time study. In addition to tuition/fees for 8 semesters of study, there are also additional tuition charges for classes taken at Duke Divinity in the final year of study at UNC that are typically prepaid during the first two years of the program at Duke. The dual degree 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.

Distinctive Features of the Program

An integrative seminar is led by a member of UNC’s Social Work faculty and a member of the Duke Divinity faculty taken in the final year of study. This seminar enables 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.

The Robertson Scholars' bus arrangement can be used for free transportation between both schools.

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
Travis Albritton, program coordinator
(919) 962-6432

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

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968

Susan Dunlap
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Director of the MSW/M.Div Program
(919) 801 - 5968
(919) 660-3436