Social Work, M.S.W.


The Joint Master’s in Social Work (J.M.S.W.) represents a unique collaboration between N.C. A&T State University and UNCG. The J.M.S.W. Program curriculum prepares you for multicultural clinical practice. This innovative program flows from a multicultural history and models collaboration between the two universities. Our students and faculty teach and study at each campus and have access to the full range of instructional and research support available.

The J.M.S.W. Program recognizes the culture, history, and identities of all peoples with emphasis on people who are oppressed, marginalized, and traumatized, as well as contemporary patterns of social, economic, and health inequalities. This knowledge is applied in establishing culturally sensitive therapeutic relationships that promote resilience. Assessments in multicultural clinical practice are derived from psychological, ecological, and community contextual perspectives. Through the application of a broad range of culturally responsive social work assessment and intervention approaches, multicultural clinical practice strives to enhance social functioning and improve the quality of life for people and communities.

Program Distinctions

  • NC A&T played a prominent role in the Civil Rights Movement. In the turbulence of 1960, four freshmen sat down at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro. Their actions inspired a national sit-in movement. Our history has influenced a program culture that supports the social work profession’s commitment to ethical practice and social justice. 
  • The program is part of a unique collaboration between a predominantly white institution (UNCG) and a Historically Black College and/or University, NC A&T, which is the first of its kind in the United States. 
  • In the last five years, the Department has received over $5 million in external funding, which has been used to support students by alleviating debt, as well as meet the needs of the most vulnerable friends in and around our surrounding communities.
  • UNCG, jointly with NC A&T, is ranked #77 nationally and #3 in North Carolina for Best Schools for Social Work by the U.S. News & World Report.

The Student Experience

  • You can choose from a full-time two-year option or advanced standing full-time option, where the program is completed in one calendar year. 
  • Through the UNCG International Programs Center (IPC), you can study abroad for a semester or year. In the J.M.S.W. two-year program, you can consider study abroad opportunities in the summer after your first year. Financial aid can be applied to Study Abroad, and IPC is also able to provide travel grants to all UNCG students through its Endowment for International Programs.
  • In the program, you will conduct and disseminate community-engaged scholarship, which contributes to the knowledge base of the profession and promotes effective social work practice.

After Graduation

  • Examples of careers include:
    • Child Welfare Caseworker
    • Clinical Mental Health Social Worker
    • Medical Social Worker
    • School Social Worker
    • Substance Abuse Counselor

Apply to Program

  • The J.M.S.W. Program conducts one application cycle per year.  
  • The J.M.S.W. Program no longer requires the GRE.
  • Visit J.M.S.W. Admissions for detailed specific admissions requirements.

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Program Details

Degree Type: Master's

College/School: School of Health and Human Sciences

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: In Person

Contact Us

North Carolina A&T State University
Department of Social Work and Sociology
201 Gibbs Hall
Greensboro, NC

UNC Greensboro
Department of Social Work
268 Stone Building
Greensboro, NC

Jay Poole, Ph.D.
Interim Director of JMSW