Dual Degree Programs

The 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

The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary have established a dual degree program of study that provides master’s-level students the opportunity to complete requirements for two degrees concurrently: the Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW). 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. Students interested in pursuing this degree may choose either the Clinical or the Community and Administrative Leadership 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

The School of Social Work and the UT Health School of Public Health have established a dual degree program that will target students who wish to combine social work and public health education using an interdisciplinary perspective. 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 must choose the Community and Administrative Leadership concentration. The MSSW/MPH program is designed to be completed in three years.  More information about the degree.

Master of Public Affairs

The School of Social Work and the Lyndon B. 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. Students interested in pursuing this degree must choose the Community and Administrative Leadership concentration. The MSSW/MPAff program is designed to be completed in three years. More information about the degree.

Doctor of Jurisprudence

The School of Social Work and School of Law have established a dual degree that offers students an opportunity to integrate each profession’s conceptual frameworks, knowledge bases, and practice skills through a program of study that would enhance their work as effective practitioners in today’s complex legal and social service environments. Students interested in pursuing this degree may choose either the Clinical or the Community and Administrative Leadership concentration. This dual degree program expands and further enhances existing opportunities for collaboration between the School of Law and School of Social Work. 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. More information about the degree.

Master of Arts with Major in Latin American Studies

The School of Social Work and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) have established a dual degree that 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. Students interested in pursuing this degree may choose either the Clinical or the Community and Administrative Leadership concentration. The MSSW/MA with major in Latin American studies dual degree program is designed so that students can earn both degrees in three years. This program is pending final approval by the UT System. Students can apply for admission for the fall 2015 semester. More information about the degree.