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Dual Degrees

As a Master of Social Work student at the University of South Carolina, you can complete a second graduate degree to advance your career in a specialized area. By enrolling in a dual-degree program, you can earn both degrees faster than if pursued separately.

Individuals, families and communities face numerous complex problems. Social workers who earn dual degrees are specially equipped to advocate for vulnerable populations and effect positive changes for communities. Our dual-degree programs leverage the comprehensive academic offerings at the University of South Carolina, providing you with an opportunity to advance your career whether you are interested in a leadership or management position or direct client service.

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.

Law

Channel your passion for client advocacy in a new direction with a law degree. As a social worker with legal skills, you will be able to advocate more effectively for clients within the legal system. As an attorney with clinical social work skills, you will be better prepared to discover and understand the special needs of disadvantaged people. Regardless of your career path, this dual-degree program will position you to fight oppression and discrimination, and protect and promote the development of all people.

Through this joint program between the College of Social Work and the School of Law, you can complete the complementary professional programs in 135 credit hours, instead of 150 hours of study or more if each degree was pursued separately. The first year of law studies must be completed at one time. To enroll in the dual-degree program, you must be admitted to both the Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor degree programs, which are separate admissions processes and require separate applications.

Public Administration

Help build stronger communities through the Master of Social Work/Master of Public Affairs dual-degree program. This program will equip you with clinical practice knowledge and skills and the administrative tools to help advance your career in government and non-profit administration. You will gain hands-on field experience as well as in-depth managerial and analytical skills that will prepare you to be a leader in public affairs organizations.

Through the joint program between the College of Social Work and the College of Arts and Sciences, you can complete the complementary professional programs in 87 credit hours, with fewer hours required for advanced standing MSW students. The program allows you to use electives in one program as degree-fulfilling requirements for the other, reducing the course load.

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. Online applications for both programs are handled by The Graduate School.

Public Health/Health Services Policy and Management

Build healthier communities by strengthening healthcare systems. This program is designed to prepare you to manage public health programs and direct population-based health improvement. You will gain a holistic perspective on how to design and implement strategies that will improve community health.

Through the joint program between the College of Social Work and the Arnold School of Public Health, you can complete the complementary professional programs in 84/87 credit hours, instead of 105 hours. In the plan of study, you will take foundational social work courses during the first year, public health courses during the second year and advanced social work courses, including some public health courses, during the third year. Your specific courses will be chosen on an individual basis to satisfy both sets of program requirements. The program allows you to use electives in one program as degree-fulfilling requirements for the other, reducing the course load.

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 Services Policy and Management degree programs, which are separate admissions processes and require separate applications.

Public Health/Health Promotion, Education and Behavior

Health is often compromised in vulnerable populations. To improve health, practitioners must understand strategies to facilitate change at the individual and community level. Through this program, you will gain knowledge and skills in individual and family case management as well as program planning, implementation and evaluation. You will be prepared to serve as an effective advocate for positive change in the private or public sectors, domestic or international locations, and community or organizational settings.

Through this joint program between the College of Social Work and the Arnold School of Public Health, you can complete the complementary professional programs in 84 credit hours, instead of 105 hours. In a plan of study, you will take foundational social work courses during the first year, public health courses during the second year and advanced social work courses, including some public health courses, during the third year. Your specific courses will be chosen on an individual basis to satisfy both sets of program requirements. The program allows you to use electives in one program as degree-fulfilling requirements for the other, reducing the course load.

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.