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Dual and Double Degrees
Students enrolled in the Full-Time MSW Program may earn a dual degree or double degree while pursuing graduate education at the School of Social Work.
Dual degrees are degrees earned between the School of Social Work and the professional Schools of Medicine, Law, Veterinary Medicine, or Pharmacy. All other combinations of graduate degrees would fall under the double degree category. Below, read more detailed information about these two options.
Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to understand the curricula for both degree program options and to work individually and collaboratively with an advisor from each program to discover how the two programs may work together, maintaining the integrity of the curricula of both programs.
Students enrolled in the Full-Time MSW Program may earn a dual degree—an MSW from the School of Social Work and an MPH, M.D., J.D., DVM or Pharm.D. from one of the following schools:
School of Medicine and Public Health
School of Veterinary Medicine
To receive a dual degree students must:
- Apply to and be admitted into both programs;
- Complete the specific degree requirements for each school; and,
- Fulfill the Graduate School minimum credit requirement for the Graduate Degree.
Tuition is determined by a combined fee schedule table. Assessed fees are roughly halfway between graduate fees and professional fees. Credit limits each semester coincide with the professional schools' higher credit maximums.
Students enrolled in the Full-Time MSW Program may earn a double degree—two Master’s degrees from two separate departments.
A student completing a double degree earns two degrees—an MSW from the School of Social Work and a Master’s degree in another area. Graduates receive two diplomas. School of Social Work advisors work with students regarding the requirements to earn their MSW while an advisor from another department advises the same student to meet those requirements.
Students may apply for an additional program at the time of original application, add a program at any time during their enrollment, or reapply and pursue a second degree after completion of the first.
In all scenarios, regardless of whether double degree programs are completed consecutively or concurrently, students must:
- Apply to and be admitted to both programs;
- Fulfill the Graduate School's minimum credit requirement for each degree;
- Complete the specific degree requirements for each program, including minimum credit requirements for each;
- Have no more than a 25% credit overlap between degrees, based on the lower credit requirement of the two programs; and,
- Have an advisor from each program and both advisors must be informed of each other.
Approval of the double degree: At the time of graduation, each program will submit to the Graduate School a list of the courses being used to satisfy that program's requirements. Both advisors must sign the course lists as indication of approval. The Graduate School will review the course lists for credit overlap between degrees.
International students must contact International Student Services (ISS), 217 Armory and Gymnasium (Red Gym), 716 Langdon Street, 608-262-2044, before adding a second degree program.
Tuition for double degrees will be calculated based on the number of credits being taken in both programs at the graduate level.
For additional information, contact the Graduate School's Office of Admissions and Academic Services, 217 Bascom Hall, 608-262-2433, firstname.lastname@example.org.