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College of Social Work


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Dual Degrees

Students may earn the MSW degree and another graduate degree in less time than would be necessary to complete the two degrees separately. By pursuing a dual degree, you can concurrently work towards an MSW from the College of Social Work as well as a graduate degree from the USC School of Law, the College of Arts and Sciences or the Arnold School of Public Health. Applicants must meet admissions requirements for the university and both academic units. Admission to each program will be reviewed and approved by the respective programs.

Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health in Health Services Policy and Management
Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior 

The Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health degree is offered in conjunction with the USC Arnold School of Public Health. Graduates are prepared to improve the physical, psychological, and social health and well-being of the individuals and the communities in which they live by furthering their empowerment, autonomy and self-determination, as well as health-related, economic and social justice, through teaching, research, and service. The MSW degree program provides students with the competencies needed to become advanced practitioners who serve diverse communities.

The MSW curriculum provides students essential knowledge, skills and values to practice effectively, ethically and collaboratively to promote social well-being and social justice for vulnerable populations. Requirements for the MSW portion of the dual degree are the same as for the standalone degree program, although some courses fulfill requirements for both degree programs, resulting in fewer semester hours to complete both degrees than if pursued separately. Those seeking the dual MSW/MPH degree must apply to and be accepted for graduate study independently by both the College of Social Work and the Arnold School of Public Health.

To enroll in the dual-degree program, you must be admitted to both the Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior degree programs, which involve separate admissions processes and require separate applications. 

Master of Social Work / Master of Public Administration

The Master of Social Work / Master of Public Administration degree is offered in conjunction with the USC Department of Political Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Graduates are prepared to promote the health and well-being of increasingly diverse and often vulnerable populations across communities, the state, region, and nation by furthering enhanced and effective performance of government agencies, not-for-profit groups and other public affairs organization through teaching and research. The MSW degree program provides students with the competencies needed to become advanced practitioners who serve diverse communities.

The MSW curriculum provides students essential knowledge, skills, and values to practice effectively, ethically, and collaboratively to promote social well-being and social justice for vulnerable populations. Requirements for the MSW portion of the dual degree are the same as for the standalone degree program, although some courses fulfill requirements for both degree programs, resulting in fewer semester hours to complete both degrees than if pursued separately. Those seeking the dual MSW/MPA degree must apply to and be accepted for graduate study independently by the College of Social Work and by the College of Arts and Sciences.

To enroll in the dual-degree program, you must be admitted to both the Master of Social Work and  Master of Public Administration degree programs, which involve separate admissions processes and require separate applications. Online applications for both programs are handled by The Graduate School.

Master of Social Work / Juris Doctor

The Master of Social Work / Juris Doctor degree is offered in conjunction with the USC School of Law. Graduates are prepared to promote a better understanding of and advocacy for the special needs of vulnerable populations within the legal system, across communities, the state, region, and nation, by advancing economic and social justice, fighting oppression and discrimination, and furthering the protection and development of all people through teaching, research, and service. The MSW degree program provides students with the competencies needed to become advanced practitioners who serve diverse communities.

The MSW curriculum provides students essential knowledge, skills, and values to practice effectively, ethically, and collaboratively to promote social well-being and social justice for vulnerable populations. Requirements for the MSW portion of the dual degree are the same as for the standalone degree program, although some courses fulfill requirements for both degree programs, resulting in fewer semester hours to complete both degrees than if pursued separately. Those seeking the dual MSW/JD degree must apply and be accepted for graduate study independently by the College of Social Work and by the School of Law.