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Joint PhD program in Social Work will launch Fall 2019

The UNC Board of Governors has approved the establishment of a Joint PhD in Social Work between UNCG and North Carolina A&T State University.

The Social Work PhD program, which has been in development for the past seven years, meets an unmet need in North Carolina. Until today, the only PhD in the NC system (or the state) was at UNC Chapel Hill.

The program is unique in the United States; it’s the only joint Social Work PhD between a historically black college or university (HBCU), and a historically white institution. It is one of only six PhD programs in Social Work at HBCUs.

“UNC Greensboro has long been recognized for our commitment to public service to providing access to the best resources to educate future leaders,” said Provost Dr. Dana Dunn. “We are grateful to the Board of Governors and proud to partner with our colleagues at NC A&T on this new PhD program. Social workers play a critical role in our society; they are a repository of wisdom and compassion, bridging the complex relationship between public and private issues, and between case and cause. Today, more than ever, our community needs a cadre of committed professionals to guide them to successful life outcomes. We can’t wait to get started.”

The program builds on the 20-year successful partnership of the Joint Master’s in Social Work Program as well as the 44-year-old historic partnership between the two institutions’ Joint Bachelor of Social Work Field Programs.

Capturing a unique market niche, the program will offer both a part-time and a full-time cohort and focus on educating community-engaged, teacher scholars.

Interested applicants can contact Dr. Melissa Floyd-Pickard, Department Chair for Social Work. Additional information will be forthcoming in anticipation of a Fall 2019 launch.