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College of Social Work

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Dual Degrees

The College of Social Work offers four dual degree programs with other University of South Carolina graduate schools including the USC School of Law, the College of Arts and Sciences or the Arnold School of Public Health.  These dual degree programs provide opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and learning. Students may earn an MSW degree and another graduate degree in less time than would be necessary to complete the two degrees separately. The MSW curriculum provides students with the knowledge, skills and values needed to become generalist practitioners who serve diverse communities. Students emerge with the ability and perspective to practice effectively, ethically and collaboratively to promote social well-being and social justice for vulnerable populations.

Applications

Applicants to any of the dual degree programs must meet admissions requirements for the university and both academic programs. Reviews of applications, including any required program-specific supplemental materials, and admission recommendations are made independently by each academic unit. Official notification of admission decisions are made by The Graduate School.

The Social Work and Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior dual degree is offered in conjunction with the USC Arnold School of Public Health. Graduates are prepared with the skills to assess and improve the physical, psychological, and social health and well-being of 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.

Highlights:

Number of credits to earn both degrees: 94
Program Length: Variable (minimum of 3 years)
MSW Student Eligibility: Full-time, Part-time, and Advanced Standing

For more information, please refer to the Social Work / Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior bulletin.
The Social Work and Health Service Policy and Management dual degree is offered in conjunction with the USC Arnold School of Public Health. Graduates are prepared for positions in health services management, policy, public health programs, research and education.

Highlights:

Number of credits to earn both degrees: 93
Program Length: Variable (minimum of 3 years)
MSW Student Eligibility: Full-time, Part-time, and Advanced Standing

For more information, please refer to the Social Work / Health Service Policy and Management bulletin.
The Social Work and Public Administration dual degree is offered in conjunction with the USC Department of Political Science 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.

Highlights:
Number of Credits Required to Earn Both Degrees: 87
Program Length: Variable (minimum of 3 years)
MSW Student Eligibility: Full-time, Part-time, and Advanced Standing

For more information, please refer to the Public Administration / Social Work  bulletin.
The Social Work and Law dual 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.

Highlights:
Number of Credits Required to Earn Both Degrees: 135
Program Length: Variable (minimum of 4 years)
MSW Student Eligibility: Full-time and Advanced Standing

For more information, please refer to the Social Work / Law bulletin.

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