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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

First Year

  • Fall Semester
    • MGA 603 Financial Accounting for Managers (2 credits - first 7 weeks) 
    • MGB 610 Organizational Behavior (2 credits - 14 weeks)
    • MGB 611 Team Skills (1 credit - 14 weeks)
    • MGF 611 Financial Analysis for Managers (2 credits - second 7 weeks)
    • MGO 695 Foundations in Entrepreneurship (1.5 credits - second 7 weeks)
    • MGG 635 Management Communications (1.5 credits - first 7 weeks)
    • MGM 615  Marketing for Managers (2 credits - second 7 weeks)
    • MGQ 608 Statistical Analysis for Managers (2 credits - 14 weeks)
    • MGQ 609 Analytics for Managers (1 credit - 14 weeks)
  • Spring Semester
    • MGA 605 Accounting for Management Decision Making (2 credits - second 7 weeks)
    • MGE 604 Business Economics (2 credits - first 7 weeks)
    • MGO 620 Operations Management (2 credits - first 7 weeks)
    • MGO 640 Business Strategy (2 credits - 14 weeks)
    • MGS 605 It Management (2 credits - second 7 weeks)
    • 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
    • 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
    • MGO 642 Integration of Business Functions (1 credit - 14 weeks)
    • MGO 644 Business Practice (1 credit - 14 weeks)

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.

The MBA internship requirement may be fulfilled through one of the Social Work Field Experiences, if completed in an administrative environment.