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3-Year Winston-Salem MSW Program

Winston-Salem Information Sessions

2020-2021 Dates:

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., EST - Virtual Session
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., EST - Virtual Session
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., EST - Virtual Session
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., EST - Virtual Session
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., EST - Virtual Session

The sessions will all be held virtually this year. Please contact Tina Souders to RSVP for a session. More information about the Winston Salem sessions can be found here.

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

The 3-year Winston-Salem MSW program offers the equivalent curriculum as the School of Social Work's full-time program, ranked 3rd in the nation. This program gives students the opportunity to complete their generalist courses over two years in Winston-Salem. Courses for the third and final year are taught in Chapel Hill. Field placements, which occur in the second and third years, are completed in the student's home community. Courses are taught in a face-to-face format, although there are a few online electives available to students during the summer.

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

Agencies and students benefit from internships

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who will teach the courses?
Classes in the 3-year Winston-Salem MSW program are taught by faculty from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work, typically in a face-to-face format. (Fall 2020 courses will be held virtually.) This is not an online program.

2. How will the MSW degree help me?
The education and experience gained through the MSW program often leads to career advancement and movement into management and administrative positions. In addition, a MSW degree 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 the 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 at the Forsyth County Department of Social Services in Winston-Salem during the first two years of study. Students complete the final year of classes on Mondays and/or Tuesdays on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

6. How do I apply?
Prospective students must complete the following: online application, an application fee of $95.00, statement of purpose, 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 9, 2021.

8. What are the tuition costs? How do I apply for student loans?
For current costs, please visit the Cashiers Office. Winston-Salem students pay the Off-Campus Programs School of Social Work tuition and fess rate per credit hour during their first two years of the program; for the final-year of study, Winston-Salem students will pay the On-Campus 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:

Tina Souders, MSW, LCSW, JD, PhD
Director, 3-year Winston-Salem MSW Program


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

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