Dual Degrees in Social Work and Public Affairs

In conjunction with the School of Social Work, students may pursue a dual degree designed to prepare qualified students for a career in social welfare policy development and human service management. The core knowledge of social work and public affairs are a compelling combination for students who want to pursue a professional career in human service management, social welfare policy development and analysis, program planning and implementation and program evaluation.

Students completing the dual MSSW/MPAff program will be uniquely prepared to design and manage effective and client-responsive human service delivery systems and pursue careers in social policy analysis.

Program Structure

The program is structured so that students can earn both master's degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years. Degrees are awarded when the required coursework in both areas is completed.

  • Year 1: Full academic year in the LBJ School
  • Year 2: Full academic year in the School of Social Work
  • Year 3: Coursework in both schools

Degree Requirements

Public Affairs

  • Total LBJ credit hours: 33

    • 27 LBJ core hours
    • 6 hours Policy Research Project
    • 6 LBJ elective hours
    • Internship in field related to the dual degree

Students must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of work in public affairs and 42 hours in Social Work.

Social Work