Joint Program in Social Work

Universities of NCA&T and UNCG

The Joint Ph.D. program offers full-time and part-time options for students.


Students will take 9 credit hours (three classes) per semester in Academic Years 1 and 2. Full time students can complete coursework in 4 semesters during academic years.

Suggested Course of Study for Full-time students (docx)


Students will take 6 credit hours per semester (i.e., two classes in fall and two classes in spring) and 6 hours (two classes) in the summer. The coursework can be completed in 4 semesters and 2 summers.

Suggested Course of Study for Part-time students (docx)

All Students

In the fall and spring semesters, both full-time and part-time students will be in two classes together to promote a collaborative and cohesive cohort.

Following the completion of coursework, students must pass written and oral comprehensive exams and write and defend the dissertation proposal. At that point, the student is considered All But Dissertation (ABD) and will write and defend the dissertation while being enrolled in dissertation hours, which is part of the requirement to complete the degree.