The MPA and MSW Dual Degree Program 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.
By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings, and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, students are often able to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study without compromising the professional standards of either program.
Successful completion of the dual degree programs results in two degrees: a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) and Master's in Social Work (MSW).
Students must apply to both the MPA program and the MSW program by their individual deadlines. Applicants need to create two separate online (Embark) accounts in order to submit the two separate applications. Each application requires an application fee to the Graduate School. In order to participate in the dual degree program, students must be admitted to both programs concurrently.
|Fall Admission||Spring Admission|
|MPA||January 15 (funding)
April 15 (regular)
The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.
To be eligible, you must have and provide:
All applicants must submit the following:
And, for international applicants:
Applicants must also meet the following program-specific requirements:
*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.
Kristina Lambright, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (MPA)
Brian Flynn, Director of Admissions and Student Services (MSW)
Last Updated: 12/3/13