The MPA-MSW Dual Degree Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Social Work (MSW) programs both are housed within the College of Community and Public Affairs and are considered professional terminal degrees. The MPA program is accredited by the Networks of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) and the MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings, and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, the MPA-MSW dual degree program will allow students to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study, without compromising the professional standards of either program. The 42-credit hour MPA program and the 64-credit hour MSW program can be completed as part of a 91 credit dual degree program (rather than 106 credit hours required to complete the two programs without the benefit of the dual degree structure). Please click here to view the course sequencing template. 

The dual MPA-MSW will prepare students for administrative positions in social service agencies. Increasingly, social workers must possess management and administrative skills to be competent in addressing the challenges of their positions as supervisors, administrators, and agency heads. Similarly, public administration practitioners recognize the need for specialized knowledge and skills to respond to an environment of increasing policy and organizational complexity within social welfare agencies. The program is designed to ensure that students acquire both management and social work skills necessary to excel in this environment.

Students must apply and be admitted to both the MPA program and the MSW program. These are separate applications and each requires an application fee to the Graduate School. Students who begin one program and then apply to the other program later will need to meet with the appropriate advisors for both programs to develop a customized program of study; completion within three years may not be possible for students who do not begin the programs in the same semester.

Interested students should contact the Brianna King ( for additional information about the dual degree program and a detailed program of study.

Last Updated: 3/3/17