Master of Public Affairs

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work and the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs have established a dual degree designed to prepare qualified students for a career in social welfare policy development and human service management. The core knowledge of social work and public affairs are a compelling combination for students who want to pursue a professional career in human service management, social welfare policy development and analysis, program planning and implementation, and program evaluation. Students completing the dual MSSW/MPAff program will be uniquely prepared to design and manage effective and client-responsive human service delivery systems and pursue careers in social policy analysis.

At the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, students will develop advanced skills in strategic planning, program development and implementation, program administration, human resource development, information technology, strategic partnerships, and program evaluation. At the LBJ School students will develop the analytic and quantitative acumen to frame policy issues focusing on institutional and political contexts that effectively bring about actions to formulate, approve, implement and evaluate social policy responses to human needs.

MSSW/MPAff Program Options

There are 4 program options for the MSSW/MPAff dual degree.

  • 3 Year Full-time Program
  • Post BSW Track 42 Hour Program (Spring Admission)
  • Post BSW Track 42 Hour Program (Summer Admission)
  • Post BSW Track 48 Hour Program

Download program of work here (PDF).

Application to the Dual Degree Program (MSSW/MPAff)

In addition to all of the materials required for admission to the MSSW program, applicants to the Dual Degree program must also apply and be accepted to the Master of Public Affairs Program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.