Joint Program in Social Work

Universities of NCA&T and UNCG

The two universities, NCA&T and UNC Greensboro  jointly offer two graduate programs in social work:

Students are  immersed in our rich tradition of multiculturalism, social justice, and community-engaged scholarship. This unique relationship between our two universities produces social workers, scholars, activists, and researchers.

The Universities

Greensboro Four North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T) , a historically Black institution, is one of two land-grant institutions in North Carolina. It is a comprehensive university with an integrated faculty and student body offering degrees at the baccalaureate, master, and doctoral levels.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro  (UNCG) has a special place in public higher
education in North Carolina as the Women’s College until 1965. It has a long-standing commitment to the Liberal Arts in undergraduate education. UNCG is a a minority serving institution that offers  baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees.

The two universities  are about 2 miles apart, separated only by downtown Greensboro. A shuttle bus runs between the universities.


Our Students

Our students are full members of both NCA&T and  UNCG:

  • Take classes on both campuses.
  • Are taught by faculty from both schools.
  • Have library and parking privileges on both campuses.
  • Study at each campus and have access to the full range of instructional and research support available at both universities.
  • Are granted a degree jointly by both universities – diplomas have the seals of both schools.

Masters  in Social Work

Integrated CareThe Joint Masters in Social Work (Joint M.S.W.)  program leads to a masters degree in social work (M.S.W.).  Our innovative approach flows from a multicultural collaboration between our two universities. The curriculum prepares students for multicultural clinical practice.

The Joint M.S.W. program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 2000. In June 2020, it was re-accredited through 2028. See the of the  History of Joint M.S.W. program.

There are two options for completing degree requirements:

  • Two year option (60 credit hours).
  • Advanced Standing Option (42 credit hours can be completed in one calendar year).

Masters Program Requirements in Catalog

Doctorate in Social Work

Students in classThe Joint  Doctorate in Social Work (Joint Ph.D.) program leads to a Ph.D. in social work.  Grounded in two richly historic universities, one a historically Black college or university (NCA&T) and the other the historical women’s college of the University of North Carolina system, the Joint Ph.D. program is built on the cornerstones of

  • diversity
  • multicultural responsiveness
  • and community engagement

The Joint Ph.D. curriculum encourages students to explore several aspects of research including quantitative, qualitative, and community-engaged approaches. Additionally, students are encouraged to use electives to explore areas or specialization. Using the teacher/scholar model, the Joint Ph.D. program encourages students to prepare for careers in academia and as leaders in the community.

 Read UNC System Board of Governors announces Ph.D. program.

The Ph.D. program requires 48-54 credit hours.

Doctoral Program Requirements in Catalog