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The MSW/MBA Program, in cooperation with the MBA Program at the Boston College Carroll School of Management, involves three full-time years, one each in the foundation years of both schools, and the third incorporating joint class and field education.
The MSW/MBA Dual Degree Program was developed by the Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) and the Carroll Graduate School of Management (CGSOM). The purpose is to provide professionals with a unique knowledge base combining the skills and credentials of management and social work.
Students interested in the dual degree program must be admitted independently to the respective schools.
The program is designed to provide students with a unique combination of knowledge and skills in the behavioral and administrative sciences, with exceptional strength in management decision-making and leadership. In addition, specific objectives include:
In broad outline, the course of study for the MSW/MBA dual degree calls for three years of study structured as follows:
Year 1: Complete the core curriculum at the School of Social Work, which includes a two-day per week field practicum.
Year 2: Complete the core curriculum at the Carroll Graduate School of Management. No field practicum is required in year two.
Summer between Year 2 & 3: Complete one CGSOM elective. Students choose courses from CGSOM summer elective options which include an option for a CGSOM international study trip.
Year 3: Complete the course requirements of each school—two core courses and one elective in CGSOM, three core courses and two electives in BCSSW. The remaining credit requirements are completed by a three-day per week social work field practicum (or student may begin the practicum in August for five days per week over four weeks and continue two days per week during the academic year).
Note: It is also possible to begin the MSW Program on a part-time basis, completing the first full-time MSW curriculum over two years, and thereby completing both degrees in four years.
The student is responsible for contacting the University's Office of Student Services to change school status during the course of study.
BCSSW requires 65 credits for the MSW degree and accepts 9 credit hours from the MBA program for elective credits. The CGSOM requires 56 credits for the MBA degree and accepts 12 credit hours from the MSW program for elective credits enabling the student to complete two full master's programs in three years. Dual degree students complete the requirements for both degrees with a total of 100 credits rather than 121 credits if taken independently.
The student will work closely with an advisor and/or coordinator from BCSSW to discuss an appropriate practicum placement, which will provide opportunities for practice integration of social work and management knowledge and skills.
In lieu of the three-day per week placement in the third year, a student may apply for a Program Modification to spread the required 720 internship hours over a longer period of the calendar year.
Year 1: Register through and pay tuition and fees of the school in which you enroll (typically BCSSW).
Year 2: Register through and pay tuition and fees of the second school (typically CGSOM).
Summer Between Year 2 & 3: Register through and pay tuition and fees to CGSOM.
Year 3 (Fall Semester): Register through and pay tuition and fees to CGSOM.
Year 3 (Spring Semester): Register through and pay tuition and fees to BCSSW.
Graduate Assistantships are available to CGSOM students for the two semesters and one summer session in which they are enrolled. Assistantships and scholarships are merit-based awards and are made only at the time of admission. Applicants must indicate interest in receiving merit-based funding on the application.
Graduate Assistantships are available to BCSSW students only in the third year of the dual degree program. Applications are available through the BCSSW Admissions office in the latter half of the spring semester.
BCSSW: Tom Walsh, Associate Dean, McGuinn 133, 617-552-3338, firstname.lastname@example.org
CGSOM: Shelley Burt, Head of Admissions, Fulton 315, 617-552-3920, email@example.com
Maryellen Jordan, Head of Program Operations, 617-552-2327, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe McLaughlin, Field Specialist, 617-552-0831, email@example.com