Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration Joint Degree
Over the course of three years and six semesters, a student can earn two separate degrees: an MSW degree awarded by the College of Social Work and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree awarded by the Center for Public Policy and Administration, College of Social and Behavioral Science.
The MSW/MPA Program provides students the opportunity to develop specialties in social work and public administration. The program is designed to help students gain clinical knowledge and experience, along with administrative (e.g., budgeting, human resource management, program evaluation, etc.) experience concurrently.
Students in the joint degree program complete 51 credit hours of MSW coursework and 30 credit hours of MPA coursework. By combining the two programs, a student will save 21 credit hours.
If needed, joint degree students may complete their MPA internship requirement through the MSW practicum requirement. The MPA Program’s major research paper requirement can be met through the MSW project requirement, but an MPA advisor must approve the final product.
Both degrees are conferred at the same time, even if requirements are completed for one before the other. Additionally, a student may not take the CSW licensing exam until both degrees are completed.
All MSW courses are held during the day, while all MPA courses are held in the evening.
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 MPA program prior to applying. Visit the MPA Program Manager’s contact information page.