The Best of Both Worlds:
Binghamton University offers students the opportunity to combine a master’s degree in social work with a master’s degree in public administration (MPA).
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 allows 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 93-credit-hour dual-degree program (rather than the 106 credit hours required to complete the two programs separately).
The dual MPA-MSW prepares students for administrative positions in social service agencies. It also helps social workers gain the management and administrative skills needed for roles 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 students acquire both the management and social work skills necessary to excel in these environments.
DUAL DEGREE STUDENTS SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR ACADEMIC ADVISORS IN BOTH PROGRAMS FOR COURSE SEQUENCING.