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School of Social Work

Inspiring faculty, high-impact field placements, collaborative projects — at our top-ranked School of Social Work, you have all the resources for success as you prepare for a professional career in social work practice, research or education.

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A century of leadership, a legacy of service

Founded in 1920, the School of Social Work is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation. Through innovative research that improves practice and enhances education, we search for solutions to challenges that include poverty, mental health, violence and substance abuse. We prepare social workers to make a difference.

Facts & Figures

  • 120+field experiences offered by state, national and international agencies
  • 5thBest Graduate School in the United States by US News & World Report
  • 300MSW students enrolled annually
  • $14.5 millionin external awards, 2016-2017
  • Doctoral programis the first one of its kind in North Carolina
  • 100North Carolina counties served by students, faculty and alumni
  • $400,000in scholarships received by MSW students in 2017-2018

Around Campus

  • A seafood market

    Seafood mislabeling in North Carolina

    Two recent student-led papers based on research in the undergraduate “Seafood Forensics” class at UNC-Chapel Hill show that seafood mislabeling in North Carolina is a big problem.

  • Flags of various military branches being held by ROTC Cadets.

    Supporting those who serve

    Bank of America has given $250,000 to Carolina to create the Bank of America Military Families Scholarship Endowment Fund. The fund will provide scholarship support for military families through the University’s Red, White and Carolina Blue Challenge.

  • Bell Tower on UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

    Message from Chancellor Guskiewicz on a settlement agreement with the Department of Education

    UNC-Chapel Hill has reached a settlement with the Department of Education after it found serious deficiencies in the University's crime and safety reporting between 2009-2017. The University has made improvements and changes since the review began, but the shortcomings do not meet Carolina's standards for excellence.