Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor Joint Degree
The MSW/JD Program allows students to develop specialties in social work and law.
Students enrolled in the joint degree program may count up to 12 credit hours of College
of Law coursework toward fulfilling the 60 credit-hour requirement of the MSW degree,
and may count up to 12 credit hours of MSW course work toward fulfilling the 88 credit-hour
requirement of the JD degree over a period of four years, instead of five years, if
taking each program individually.
Upon completion of both programs, the student earns two separate degrees: a JD degree awarded by the College of Law and an MSW degree awarded by the College of Social Work. Both degrees are conferred at the same time, even if requirements are completed for one before the other.
A student completing courses as indicated below should be able to satisfy both degree requirements in four years. The program will reduce approximately 24 credits (one full-time year) from completing a two-year MSW program and a three-year JD program separately.
|Program||Joint Degree Required Course Hours|
|Social Work||48 (Normally 60 credit hours)|
|Law||76 (Normally 88 credit hours)|
|Total Program Hours||124 (Saves 24 semester credit hours)|
Year 1: College of Law first year courses 30 credits
Year 2: College of Social Work foundation courses (including practicum) 30 credits
Years 3 & 4: Completion of College of Law requirements and advanced Social Work classes
Students who wish to complete a joint degree must apply to and be accepted by both programs during the same application cycle in order to begin their joint degree program.
Admission/acceptance into one program does not guarantee admission/acceptance into the other.
It is recommended that prospective students meet with the Associate Director for Admissions and Financial Aid in the College of Law prior to applying. Contact information as well as how to schedule a visit can be found on the College of Law’s website.