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Overview

Dual degrees are an opportunity for students to earn a Master of Social Work degree, while concurrently earning another degree, saving time and tuition dollars.

There are seven opportunities available, see below for detailed information on how to earn your dual degree. 

  • Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH)
  • Master of Social Work/Master of Public Administration (MSW/MPA)
  • Master of Social Work/Juris Doctor (MSW/JD)
  • Master of Social Work/Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MSW/MAPS) with Aquinas Institute
  • Master of Social Work/Master of Arts in Theology (MSW/MA) with Concordia Seminary
  • Master of Social Work/Master of Arts in Deaconess Studies (MSW/MDeac) with Concordia Seminary
  • Master of Social Work/Master of Divinity (MSW/MDiv) with Concordia Seminary

The Saint Louis University Master of Social Work (MSW) degree consists of 57 credits. Fifteen credits are elective courses, and nine credits are field practicum experiences.

Electives

  • When combined with another graduate degree in an approved dual degree program, the SLU MSW degree will count 12 credits from the other graduate degree as SLU MSW elective credits.
  • Students must earn a grade of 'B' or better in non-MSW courses for them to count toward the SLU MSW degree. 
  • This means that SLU MSW dual degree students automatically save one full-time semester (or two part-time semesters) in time and tuition dollars over earning the two degrees separately. This is true of all seven dual degrees offered in combination with the SLU MSW degree.

Field/Practicum courses

In addition, if the other graduate degree has a field experience or internship component, dual degree students can do field practicum experiences that satisfy the requirements of both degrees simultaneously. This means that SLU MSW dual degree students can save up to nine additional credits in time and tuition dollars over earning the two degrees separately. For a field experience to count as a social work practicum, it must meet all the requirements of a social work practicum, including supervision from a social worker.

Students must set up all field experiences as social work practicum experiences with the SLU MSW Field Education office in order to receive MSW practicum credit.

This is true of the SLU MSW dual degrees with:

  • The SLU Master of Public Health (MPH) program (6 credits)
  • The SLU MSW dual degree with the Aquinas Institute's Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) program (6 credits), and

Potentially the SLU MSW dual degrees with Concordia Seminary:

  • The Concordia Master of Deaconess Studies (MDeac) program (0-9 credits)
  • The Concordia Master of Divinity (MDiv) program (0-9 credits)
  • The Concordia Master of Arts in Theology (MA) program (0-9 credits)

Other shared courses

Finally, some SLU MSW dual degree programs share required courses across both graduate degrees. This means that either a SLU MSW required course will count toward the other graduate degree, or the other graduate degree has a required course that will count toward a required course in the SLU MSW degree.

  • Students must earn a grade of B or better in non-MSW courses for them to count toward the SLU MSW degree.
  • This means that SLU MSW dual degree students can save 3-12 additional credits in time and tuition dollars over earning the two degrees separately. 

This is true of the SLU MSW dual degrees with:

  • The SLU Master of Public Administration (MPA) program (12 shared credits) and
  • The SLU Master of Public Health (MPH) program (3 shared credits)

Faculty mentoring and advising

SLU MSW dual degree students are required to meet in person with their SLU faculty mentor twice a year for academic advising and course planning (in October to plan the next Spring semester and in March to plan the next Summer and Fall semesters).

Students are also encouraged to meet with their faculty mentor in the other degree program as often as necessary to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of the other degree.

Contact Us:


Stephen Edward McMillin, Ph.D, MSW
314-977-3322
Director of the MSW program
School of Social Work
Saint Louis University