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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 make application to both programs at the same time, but plan to begin the MBA their first year. Applications for the MBA program must be submitted online through the School of Management admissions website. Information and personal advisement are available at 203 Alfiero Center, North Campus. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the GRE is required for admission to the MBA Program. The complete application file must be submitted by the May deadline, prior to the fall semester in which the applicant intends to begin the MBA portion of the program. 

Applications for the Social Work program can be obtained online through the School of Social Work website. Applications for individuals with a BSW who are applying for advanced standing must be received by February 1. Otherwise completed applications must be received by March 1. Information and personal advisement is available by contacting Kathryn Kendall, assistant dean for recruitment and alumni relations. 

Admission will be limited to students who have demonstrated superior capabilities.


First Year

Second Year

Third Year

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.


One semester of calculus with a grade of "B" or better, or two semesters of calculus with grades of "C" or better.


All applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the GRE. For information on the GMAT, please visit the MBA website.  Information on the GRE is available through ETS.

For an application to the MSW program and more detailed information, please contact: 

Kathryn Kendall, MSW, LCSW-R
Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Alumni Relations
School of Social Work MSW Program
685 Baldy Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260 
Phone: (716) 645-3381 ext. 230
Fax: (716) 645-3456 
E-mail: kkendall@buffalo.edu

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