he Duke-UNC master of divinity/master of MASTER OF DIVINITY
T social work dual-degree program prepares
graduates of Duke Divinity School and the
UNC School of Social Work for leadership
and service in the social agencies of the church and
the community at large.
MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK
UNC School of Social Work is ranked among the
top 10 graduate social work programs in the nation.
It enrolls approximately 350 masters and doctoral
students from across the United States and several
Duke Divinity School, one of seven graduate
professional schools on the campus of Duke
D E G R E E PROGRAM
University, is affiliated with the United Methodist
Church. It enrolls approximately 550 students from
more than 30 denominations.
In addition to theological preparation, courses
at Duke will draw from the divinity school’s
resources in clinical practical education and two
unique interdisciplinary programs: the Duke
Institute on Care at the End of Life and the
Theology and Medicine Program.
With the holistic vision offered by this program, indi-
viduals with graduate degrees from both UNC School
of Social Work and Duke Divinity School will be
prepared to serve in a variety of organizations and www.divinity.duke.edu ssw.unc.edu
ministry settings as both ministers and social workers.
What do social workers and ministers do? Education loans can be secured through the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of
Q Social workers are trained to be counselors or administrators in a variety of
An application fee is due at the time of application, as are two official copies of
transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate school attended and a residency
form (can be downloaded from Graduate School Web site). In addition, the school
Scholarships and Student Aid. Students may apply for School of Social Work jobs
(four to 10 hours per week) the first week of school by contacting the school’s
settings including hospitals, mental health facilities, faith communities, prisons, requires a personal statement, three letters of reference, and recent scores from the student services office. Positions include program assistants, research assistants,
A and child and family services agencies. They may work in the areas of
adoption, foster care, substance abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, sexual abuse,
Graduate Record Examination (GRE). building monitors and computer lab monitors.
adult and senior services, and serve as advocates for social justice and policy change. Prospective students may apply on-line to Duke Divinity School at
What field education placements are required?
Ministers preach, teach, visit the sick and lonely, serve the poor, order the life
www.divinity.duke.edu/admissions/apply. The application deadlines for Duke
Divinity School are November 1, February 1, and April 1 for enrollment the
Q A total of four field education placements are required for the dual
of a congregation, administer the sacraments, advocate against injustices, marry following August. A non-refundable processing fee is due with the application, as
degree—two at UNC and two at Duke. These placements are designed to
couples, bury the dead, comfort the bereaved, provide leadership in schools,
journey alongside people through the triumphs and challenges of life, and serve
are transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate school attended, five letters
of recommendation, and two essays. The minimum GPA for admission to the
A provide experience in a variety of settings.
in a number of other servant roles. M.Div. is 2.75. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early as classes fill
quickly. Preference for merit-based scholarships is given to those students whose Duke Divinity School: two units of approved field education are required. They
applications are complete by February 1. are met through either part-time academic year placements (30 weeks) or full-time
What advantages are offered by this dual-degree program? summer placements (10 weeks). One of the divinity school field education place-
Q The dual degree can be completed in four continuous years of full-time study
Students who intend to pursue both degrees should specify this in the appropriate
ments must be in a congregational setting.
space on the application to each school. Transfers into the dual-degree program
and leads to a Master of Divinity degree conferred by Duke University and UNC-CH: UNC School of Social Work requires four semester-long courses of
A a Master of Social Work degree conferred by the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. If completed separately, it takes five years to earn both
from other universities are not allowed.
approved field education. The first two courses occur during Year 3 and consist of
480 hours over two semesters. This placement typically amounts to two full days
degrees: three years to complete the M.Div. and two years to earn the M.S.W. a week for a total of 60 days. The third and fourth courses occur during the final
Students take two integrative seminars co-led by faculty from UNC School of Social
Q How much time is spent at each school?
Students begin at Duke, focusing the first two years on coursework for
year at SSW and consist of 720 hours over two semesters. This placement typical-
ly amounts to three full days a week for a total of 90 days
Work and Duke Divinity School, one in the first year of study and the other in the the M.Div. In years three and four, students attend UNC, where they
final year. These seminars enable the student to integrate theological, biblical, theoreti-
cal, ethical, pastoral, social justice, empirical, and practical dimensions of social work.
A complete coursework for the M.Div. and the M.S.W. By the end of year
four, students have fulfilled all requirements for the dual degree. Efficiency of the
dual degree requires strict adherence to the course sequence and the curriculum as FA C U LT Y A D V I S O R S
The field education program at each school provides practical experience in a designed. The program cannot be shortened significantly by taking courses in
variety of settings: churches, hospices, crisis response centers, urban ministries, summer session at either school. A dual-degree student is assigned a faculty advisor at each school. The faculty
prisons, outreach agencies, as well as experience in parish-based counseling. advisor also serves as a program advisor for academic/administrative needs of the
The Duke-UNC Robertson Scholars bus offers free transportation between the
Q How can students finance these dual degrees?
program. It is expected that on-going collaboration will occur between faculty and
advisors of both schools.
two campuses and is available to all students enrolled in the dual-degree program.
Duke Divinity School offers competitive scholarships for the M.Div.
Where do students begin the dual-degree program?
A degree covering between 75 to 100 percent of the cost of tuition.
Scholarships are based on admission application materials.
Q Students apply to the dual-degree program at both schools and begin the Financial aid at Duke Divinity is “demonstrated need-based” and determined by
program at Duke Divinity School. Once accepted, students defer enroll- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, the school’s financial For more information For more information
A ment at the School of Social Work for two years. The first Integrative
Seminar will take place in the spring of the first year of the dual-degree program.
aid application, and the previous year’s federal income tax returns. Financial aid
packages include one or more of the following resources: scholarships, tuition
about UNC, contact:
Amelia C. Roberts
about Duke Divinity, contact:
grants, student loans, field education grants* and campus work opportunities, Program Coordinator Cheryl Brown
including serving as a resident advisor on the Duke campus. firstname.lastname@example.org
Q What are the admission requirements?
Applicants for the dual-degree program typically have received a bachelor’s
* Duke’s field education placement grants can help defray costs of the dual degree.
(919) 962-6428, OR Director of Admissions
Duke Divinity School
degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a four-year college or university accredited by Director of Admissions,
A one of the nationally recognized regional accrediting agencies in the
United States, or hold an equivalent educational credential from another country.
UNC School of Social Work offers a limited number of highly competitive merit
scholarships to enrolled students for the M.S.W. degree. Scholarships are awarded Recruitment and Financial Aid
School of Social Work
in the fall semester. Durham, NC 27708-0965
Students must apply separately to and be accepted by both Duke Divinity School (919) 962-6432
and UNC-CH School of Social Work. Acceptance into one of the degree programs www.divinity.duke.edu/admissions
Merit assistantships are based on nominations by the UNC School of Social Work. Admissions Office
does not guarantee acceptance into the other. Students will not be able to transfer
These are awarded on a university-wide competitive basis to first-year students Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building
into the dual-degree program from other universities. Toll-free (888) GO-2-DUKE
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Students who are seeking ordination must receive permission from research assistant. Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3550
Q their respective judicatories to enroll in the dual-degree program.
To be eligible for financial aid, applicants should complete the FAFSA by
ssw.unc.edu E-mail email@example.com
Applications to UNC School of Social Work are due January 1. The February 15 and the School of Social Work financial aid form. The National
Graduate School application and the supplemental social work application College Scholarship Service uses the FAFSA to determine eligibility. The School
A may be completed online at http://gradschool.unc.edu and http://ssw.unc.edu/ of Social Work financial assistance form is mailed to students after they accept an
offer of admission.