Dual Degree Programs

Two students on campusThe Steve Hicks School of Social Work offers five dual degree programs in collaboration with the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the School of Law, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.

Each of these programs allow students to earn a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) degree in conjunction with any of the following degrees:

Master of Divinity

With the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The program is designed to be completed in four years of full-time study. Students will receive degrees from both institutions. Students must be accepted into both programs independently, and meet each institution’s admission criteria. Social work students interested in pursuing this degree may choose either the Clinical or the Administration and Policy Practice (APP) concentration. As much as possible, the program of study will be tailored to meet students’ individual vocational needs as approved by an oversight committee. More information about the degree.

Master of Public Health

With the UT Health School of Public Health.  The MSSW/MPH program is designed to be completed in three years. This type of educational program is critically important in health-related communities that currently are hiring social workers to carry out social services. The value of combining the MPH and MSSW degree programs is that students will gain expertise from two esteemed educational programs that will allow them to work toward solving crucial public health and social problems. Students interested in pursuing this degree may choose the Clinical or the Administration and Policy Practice (APP) concentration in social work.  More information about the degree.

Master of Public Affairs

With the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. The MSSW/MPAff program is designed to be completed in three years.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. Students interested in pursuing this degree must choose the Administration and Policy Practice (APP) concentration.  More information about the degree.

Doctor of Jurisprudence

With the UT Austin School of Law. The MSSW/JD dual degree program is designed so that students can earn an MSSW and JD degree in four years rather than the five years required to complete the two degrees independently. Social work students interested in pursuing this degree may choose either the Clinical or the Administration and Policy Practice (APP) concentration. More information about the degree.

Master of Arts with Major in Latin American Studies

With the UT Austin Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS). The MSSW/MA with major in Latin American studies dual degree program is designed is designed so that students can earn both degrees in three years. The program prepares students to fill human service positions that demand clinical knowledge and skills as well as the cultural and linguistic competency required when working with Latino populations and Latin American immigrant populations in the United States. Social work students interested in pursuing this degree may choose either the Clinical or the Administration and Policy Practice (APP) concentration. More information about the degree.