MSW/MBA

The School of Management and the School of Social Work offer a three-year program leading to both a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

This dual degree program reduces by one year the usual pattern of a two-year MBA program and a two-year MSW program. Each candidate must meet all the degree requirements of each program, except for the reduction in total credit hours over the two degree programs as described in this document. Students will complete a total of 96 credit hours, which will consist of 48 in management and 48 in social work. A typical schedule of coursework is outlined below.

Students wishing to pursue the dual degree program should complete the dual MSW/MBA application, but plan to begin the MBA their first year. Applications for the MBA program must be submitted online through the graduate application website. The complete application file must be submitted by the specified final MBA application deadline, prior to the fall semester in which the applicant intends to begin the MBA portion of the program. MBA program information can be obtained online through the School of Management website. Applicants should review admissions requirements. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the GRE is required for admission to the MBA Program. Personal advisement is available at the Graduate Progams Office in 203 Alfiero Center, North Campus.

Information for the Social Work program can be obtained online through the School of Social Work website. Personal advisement is available by contacting Kathryn Kendall, assistant dean for admissions and recruitment.

MSW/MBA Dual Degree Program

Search School of Management courses and descriptions.

First Year

Fall Semester

MGA 603LEC Financial Acctg for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGB 610LEC Organizational Behavior

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGB 611LEC Team Skills

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGF 611LEC Fin Analysis for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGO 658LEC Entrepreneurship Foundations

This course will expose students to entrepreneurship in the context of the individual entrepreneur as well as taking the idea of entrepreneurial thinking into the environment of larger corporations. We will first experience what it takes to create a start-up; briefly examining the process of real-life entrepreneurs have used to move from having the "big idea" to the eventual company launch. During this time, we will explore the importance of teams, the process of risk mitigation, the concept of "fail-fast," the need for a relentless focus on customer buy-in and the important process of spiraling iteration. Next, we will move our focus to applying entrepreneurial thinking within the large corporate environment; considering the importance of entrepreneurial development within a company as a sustainable competitive advantage. And finally, we will look at individuals and companies that use their business skills to create innovative solutions to specific societal problems (social entrepreneurship). Together, we will discover the mindset that many entrepreneurs share.

Credits: 1.50
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGG 635LEC Management Communications

The purpose of this course is to emphasize the importance of effective communication techniques in an organizational setting and to provide grounding in communication skills. Team communication skills are also emphasized. Students will have the opportunity to understand leadership and communication strategies, and develop their writing skills through several assignments and class activities. Focus will be placed on improving students¿ ability to communicate clearly, logically and effectively. Students will have the opportunity to develop oral skills primarily through active learning.

Credits: 1.50
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGM 615LEC Marketing for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGQ 608LEC Statistical Analysis for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


MGQ 609LEC Analytics for Managers

This course serves as a companion course for (and is taken in conjunction with) Statistical Analysis for Managers.

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Spring Semester

MGA 605LEC Acctg for Mgmt Decision Making

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603


MGE 604LEC Business Economics

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


MGO 620LEC Operations Management

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603 And MGF 611


MGO 640LEC Business Strategy

Business Strategy

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGA 603 And MGF 611 And MGM 615


MGS 605LEC Information Technology for Managers

Credits: 2.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Co-Requisite: MGO 630 Or Pre-Requisite: MGO 630


 • MGT electives (6 credits)

Second Year

Fall Semester

 • SW 500 Social Welfare Policy & History
 • SW 505 Theories of Human Behavior & Development
 • SW 510 Scientific Methods in Social Work
 • SW 520 Interventions ISW 550 Field I
 • SW 550 Field Instruction I

Spring Semester

MGO 642LEC Capstone: Integration of Business Functions

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640


MGO 644LEC Business Practice

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640 And MGO 642


 • SW 503 Diversity and Oppression
 • SW 506 Theories of Organizational Behavior
 • SW 514 Evaluation in Social Work
 • SW 521 Interventions II
 • SW 551 Field Instruction II

Third Year

Fall Semester

 • SW 542 Perspectives on Trauma and Human Rights
 • SW 552 Field III (4 credits)
 • SW XXX Advanced Interventions
 • MGX XXX MBA Elective (3 credits)
 • MGX XXX MBA Elective (3 credits)

Spring Semester

 • SW 569 Community Social Work
 • SW 543 Professional Development Seminar (1 credit)
 • SW 553 Field IV (3 credits)
 • MGX XXX MBA Elective (3 credits)
 • MGX XXX MBA Elective (3 credits)
 • MGX XXX MBA Elective (3 credits)

Students taking each degree separately would take 120 credits. The dual degree option reduces total hours required by 24 credits.  The MBA internship requirement may be fulfilled through one of the Social Work Field Experiences, if completed in an administrative environment.  If the requirement is filled through the Social Work field experience, the student must complete three additional management elective credits.