Dual Degrees

BCSSW offers three dual degree graduate programs—in partnership with other schools at Boston College—for students interested in earning both an MSW and a JD, an MBA, or an MA in Theology and Ministry. We also offer a BA/MSW degree for Boston College undergraduates and a highly selective MSW/PhD in Social Work.

BC Law School

MSW/JD Dual Degree

The MSW/JD Dual degree Program is designed for students who are interested in serving the combined legal and social needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The program reflects the University’s mission to educate individuals who are committed to working with the poor, the powerless, and the disadvantaged. It is intended for persons who wish to combine social work knowledge and intervention skills with legal knowledge and practice skills to better serve their clients or constituencies. Students admitted to the program may expect to receive both the Master of Social Work (MSW) and the Juris Doctor (JD) degrees in four years rather than the normal five years. Graduating students will be eligible to take the bar and social work licensing exams.

Students must be accepted independently by both schools and registered as a full-time students throughout the program. For more information, contact:

Boston College School of Social Work
swadmit@bc.edu
617–552–4024

Boston College Law School
bclawadm@bc.edu
617–552–4351

View the MSW/JD Curriculum Plan

BC Fulton Hall

MSW/MBA Dual Degree

The MSW/MBA Dual Degree Program was developed by both the 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.

For more information, contact:

Boston College School of Social Work
swadmit@bc.edu
617–552–4024

Carroll School of Management
bcmba@bc.edu
617–552–3920

View the MSW/MBA Curriculum Plan

BC School of Theology and Ministry

MSW/MA Dual Degree

The dual degree—Master of Social Work and Master in Theology and Ministry—is designed for students who are interested in serving both the pastoral and social needs of individuals, families, groups and communities. The program reflects the University’s mission to educate individuals who are committed to the pursuit of social justice. A specific goal is to develop the skills and credentials necessary to plan, administer, and/or provide social services within a local church or church-related agency. Students admitted to the program may expect to receive both the Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (MA) and the Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees in approximately three years of full-time study (more if approved for part-time study by the SSW). 

To enroll, you must be accepted independently by both schools. For more information, contact:

Boston College School of Social Work
swadmit@bc.edu
617–552–4024

School of Theology and Ministry
stmadm@bc.edu
617–552–6506

View the MSW/MA Curriculum Plan

BC McGuinn Hall

BA/MSW Dual Degree

Through Boston College’s Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work Dual Degree Program, qualified Boston College undergraduates can complete both a BA—in Sociology, Psychology, or Applied Psychology and Human Development—and an MSW in only five years. Students begin direct service work and social work foundation courses during their junior and senior years, earning a BA at the end of four years and an MSW after the fifth year.

To apply, you must submit a fee-free electronic application in your sophomore year along with your Boston College transcript, one recommendation, and a two-to-three-page personal statement. For more information, contact the program liaison for your department. To request a curriculum plan, contact the School of Social Work admissions team: