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Master of Social Work Program

Dual MSW/MPH Degree Program

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The Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH) dual degree is a collaborative program between The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work and The University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH). The MSW/MPH dual degree program was developed to respond to the need for a greater integration of the knowledge and skills shared by social work and public health professionals. The MSW/MPH program prepares students to integrate social work and public health knowledge and skills in their professional lives as practitioners and researchers.

Curriculum for MSW/MPH

The curriculum shown below is a general plan for the MSW/MPH. By taking a specified number of approved courses in both programs, it is possible for students to complete both degrees in three years (two years for Advanced Standing students), while customizing the program to meet their interests and educational goals. Flexibility in the program allows most students to combine the MPH and MSW requirements of a practicum with other learning experiences from the MSW program. Students are guided by a Student Advisory Committee comprised of faculty from both participating school programs.

UTA School of Social Work

  • Concentrations:
    • Direct Practice
    • Health
    • Aging
    • Children and Families
    • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
    • Community and Administrative Practice
  • Courses taken in each of the following areas with many options available:
    • Practice
    • Policy
    • Research
    • Human Behavior and Social Environment
  • Students accepted into the two-year MSW program (61 credit hours) and students accepted into the MSW Advanced Standing program (38 credit hours) are eligible for the MSW/MPH dual degree program.
    • MSW Program: Up to 12 UTSPH credit hours may be taken.
    • Advanced Standing MSW Program: Up to 9 UTSPH credit hours may be taken
  • Internship*
  • Thesis*
  • Electives (up to 9 hours shared)**
  • Total: 64 credit hours***

UT School of Public Health

  • Courses in each of five core areas of public health:
    • Biostatistics
    • Environmental Health Sciences
    • Epidemiology
    • Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
    • Public Health Policy/Management
  • Public Health Practicum Experience*
  • Culminating Experience*
  • Electives (up to 9 credit hours shared)**
  • Total: 45 credit hours***

* The practicum/internship and culminating experience/thesis will focus on a topic relevant to both public health and social work.

** Up to 9 credit hours of SSW courses (as listed) may count as electives toward the MPH degree, and up to 9 credit hours of PH courses (as listed) may be counted as electives toward the MSW degree.
*** The integrated program requires a total of 88 semester credit hours in order to earn both degrees compared to 105 credit hours to earn the degrees separately.

The MSW and MPH degree programs are independently accredited through the respective accreditation bodies and are approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The integrated dual degree program satisfies the requirements of both the MSW and MPH degree programs. The MPH degree requires that students attain skills and knowledge in core public health disciplines of Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Disease Control, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, and Management, Policy and Community Health.

Application, Admission, and Enrollment

Students seeking admission to the MSW/MPH program must meet the application requirements of each university, apply and be admitted to both degree programs before being considered for acceptance into the dual degree program by the MSW/MPH Coordinating Committee. Please note that admission to one program does not ensure admission to the other.

Students are responsible for tuition and fee payments for courses taken in both schools, and upon successful completion of the degree requirements will receive a diploma from each university. Current MSW or MPH students may decide to add the dual degree option to their educational plan and receive credit for courses. MPH students must declare their intent to enter the program by the completion of their second semester. MSW students must declare their intent to enter the program by the completion of the foundation year (2 year students) or completion of 9 credit hours (advanced standing students).

Application Deadlines for Program

Advanced Standing Students:
  • June 1st (for Fall admission)
  • April 1st (for Summer admission)
  • October 15th (for Spring admission)

Traditional Two-year Students:
  • June 1st (for Fall admission)
  • October 15th (for Spring admission)

Application Forms

Application forms and directions may be obtained from:

  • UTA School of Social Work:
    • Send an email to Please include "MSW Admissions Packet Request" in the subject link and include your name, address, daytime phone number, cell phone number, and email address.
    • OR Apply online using the Texas Common Application for graduate schools.
  • UT School of Public Health:

For more information, contact:
UTA School of Social Work Admissions Director
Darlene Santee, MSW

UTSPH: Connie Carter

UTSPH: Dr. Katherine Froehlich-Grobe