Joint MSW/Ph.D. Option

The Joint MSW/Ph.D. is an option of the Ph.D. Program, which is available to students who wish to obtain an MSW while completing the Ph.D. in Social Welfare. Joint applicants are reviewed as part of the entire Ph.D. applicant pool.


Program Requirements

Students entering via the Joint Option complete one of two options of study depending on whether or not the student has an accredited BSW degree. The Joint Option one requires a minimum of 79 credits of coursework; option two requires a minimum of 58 credits of coursework. As with the Ph.D. Only Option, after completing all coursework, Joint students must pass a written and oral preliminary examination before advancing to dissertator status.



Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in social work take this option. The master's degree is awarded after completing two years of MSW coursework and field placements that are taken concurrently with Ph.D. Program courses. Typically, Option One students complete their Ph.D. and MSW coursework in three academic years.
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Students who have a BSW take this option. While concurrently completing their doctoral coursework, Option Two students complete the equivalent of the one-year, advanced standing MSW program in a focus area within the Advanced Generalist specialization. Typically, Option Two students complete their Ph.D. and MSW coursework in 2 1/2 academic years.

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Application Process

Like all Ph.D. Program applicants, Joint Option applicants are required to have completed a statistics course and 30 semester credits of social science courses prior to acceptance in to the Ph.D. program. Prospective students interested in the Joint Option must apply to and be accepted by the Ph.D. Program using the standard Ph.D. application.


Carefully read and follow the instructions for applying, which can be found on the Ph.D. Admissions Information page.


IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Although a MSW is not universally required for faculty hires across schools of social work, the MSW is required to teach social work practice courses. In addition, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) requires educators to have at least two years of post-BSW or post-MSW practice experience to be able teach practice courses. Students are advised that the post MSW practice experience time is not built into our Joint Option curriculum.

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