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3-Year Triangle MSW Program

Triangle Information Sessions

2019 Dates:

  • Wednesday, October 2, 6-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 12, 6-8 p.m.

These sessions are held at the UNC School of Social Work (Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building). Please contact Travis Albritton to register for a session and for parking information.

All interested applicants are welcome to join us at any virtual, live boradcast, or on-campus information session as well. For more information, please visit

This program is designed for students who live within commuting distance of Chapel Hill, who are employed as helping professionals and who cannot accommodate two academic years of full-time study. The 3-year Triangle  MSW Program offers the equivalent curriculum as the School of Social Work's full-time program - which is currently ranked 3rd in the nation - but gives students the opportunity to complete their generalist courses over two years before the third and final year of full-time study. Courses are taught in a face-to-face format at the UNC School of Social Work.

Since the program's inception, graduates have gone on to serve in leadership and direct practice positions throughout the Triangle and statewide.

Students select from two concentrations:

  • Direct Practice: Prepares students to provide social interventions and services to individuals, families and groups.
  • Community, Management and Policy Practice: Prepares students for leadership careers in organizations and community development and for social interventions in larger systems.

Students must also take 10.5 credit hours of elective courses, which may be selected from the School of Social Work, other schools and departments from within UNC-Chapel Hill or from other educational institutions.   

Plan of study

Upon completion of an application to the 3-year Triangle MSW Program, an interview will be requested with the applicant.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who will teach the classes?
Classes in the Triangle MSW Program are taught by faculty from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work in a face to face format. This is not an online program.

2. How would the MSW degree help me?
The MSW often leads to career advancement and movement into management and administrative positions. An MSW is needed for advanced practice licensure in North Carolina.

3. How long will it take to complete the MSW?
By following the outlined plan of study, a typical student will receive the MSW degree in three years.

4. Can I continue to work while enrolled in this program?
Yes. During the first two years of the program, classes meet all day on Fridays. Although it may be difficult to work full-time in the 2nd and 3rd years of the program because of the field placement requirement, many students are able to continue working part-time. The curriculum in this program is identical to the full-time program, so all students must complete the same course and field education requirements.

5. Where and when will I attend classes?
Classes are held on Fridays from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm during the first two years of study. Students complete the final year of classes on Mondays and/or Tuesdays. All classes are held on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

6. How do I apply?
Prospective students must complete the following: online application, an application fee of $90.00, personal narrative, resume, transcript(s), letters of recommendation, and complete a required interview that will be scheduled between late January and the end of March. Please see our application procedure.

7. When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is February 11, 2020.

8. What are the tuition costs? How do I apply for student loans?
For current costs, please visit the Cashiers Office. Triangle students pay the On-Campus Programs School of Social Work tuition and fees rate. Students admitted to the program may apply for federal student loans by completing a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline is March 1.

For more information, contact:

Travis J. Albritton, Ph.D., MSW, M.Div
Director, 3-year Triangle MSW Program
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


For questions about admissions, financial aid
or the status of your application, contact:

Sharon Thomas, MSW
Assistant Dean, Recruitment, Admissions, and Financial Aid