Dual Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work

The M.Div./M.S.W. degree is designed to prepare individuals for positions of leadership and service in the social agencies of the church and the community at large. The program equips graduates for various forms of ministry and service in which clinical and administrative skills in social work and theology are critical. Two integrative seminars are taken in the first and final year of study. These seminars enable the student to integrate theological, biblical, theoretical, ethical, pastoral, social justice, empirical, and practical dimensions of social work.

The M.Div./M.S.W. program can be completed in four continuous years of full-time study (instead of five years) and leads to a Master of Divinity degree conferred by Duke University and Master of Social Work degree conferred by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

The core curriculum of each degree must be completed at each institution. Students will be expected to maintain full-time status during this program. Students may not transfer credits from other seminaries toward the Master of Divinity portion of this program.

Students interested in dual-degree programs are required to pursue admission to each school independently, and upon successful admission to both programs, are enrolled as dual-degree students. Students who are enrolled in either program may apply to the dual degree program after they have started at either school. However, interested students should be aware that the annual application deadline for the M.S.W. at UNC is January 1.

Academic Requirements


  • Twenty Divinity School courses/sixty credit hours (this number is reduced as part of the dual degree status)
  • Two integrative electives unique to M.Div./M.S.W. curriculum
  • Five true M.Div. electives (only one for Methodists, who have at least four judicatory requirements)
  • Core and elective requirements are the same as M.Div. requirements with the exception of dual degree students being eligible to take either AMXTIAN 756 or a WXTIAN elective
  • Student portfolios (middler review and senior portfolio)
  • Two approved units of field education

M.S.W. (U.N.C. Chapel Hill)

  • Fifty credit hours (split between foundation and concentration credits)
  • Select between two concentrations: Direct Practice or Community Practice
  • Four semester-long courses of approved field education (begin in third year)
Paradigm & Resources

A customized course of study allows students to start the program at either school, with slightly different paradigms governing the course of study in each case. The core curriculum of each degree must be completed at each institution.



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Certificates & Concentrations

Dual degree students are eligible to receive certificates and/or concentrations.  They, however, should consult with the director of the desired certificate or concentration in order to clarify requirements.