Dual Degrees

The School of Social Work participates in five dual-degree programs. More information about these program options is available from the following contact people and from the Office of Admissions.

Applicants to any dual-degree program must apply separately to each program. Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other.

MSW and Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service

The dual-degree program in Social Work and Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service (or Jewish Studies) prepares students for careers in the Jewish community in areas such as Federations (planning, campaign, and resource development); community relations councils (Jewish advocacy and community organizations); Jewish community center work (group work, programming, youth work, and administration); Jewish educational settings (religious/day schools, camps) and Jewish family services (clinical social work).

The dual degree underscores the need to be skilled in social work, be knowledgeable about Judaism, and receive professional experience in the Jewish community. This program emphasizes the development of students’ capacities for effective communication, critical analysis, and flexible thought. Students may complete the program in two years with summer classes or a minimester; however a three-year program is offered and recommended. Dual-degree students concurrently obtain their degrees from Towson University (TU) and the University of Maryland. The School of Social Work accepts 6 credits to be transferred from TU, to apply to the Advanced Curriculum requirements. Towson University accepts 6 credits to be transferred from UMD.

For more information, contact:

Geoffrey Greif, PhD, MSW
University of Maryland School of Social Work
525 W. Redwood St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-1777
410-706-3567
ggreif@ssw.umaryland.edu

Hana Bor, PhD
Director, Leadership in Jewish Education & Communal Service
Associate Professor
Family Studies & Community Development Department
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, Maryland 21252-0001
410-704-5026
hbor@towson.edu

 

Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor

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Our nation and our society must face major social problems to fulfill American dreams and promises. A person educated both in social work and law is better equipped to understand personal, social, and community problems, the programs and policies that affect human lives and is better prepared to use legal and institutional resources. The dual-degree program in social work and law is a valuable preparation for careers in the administration of human service organizations, and in executive, legislative or judicial areas of government concerned with problems such as child welfare, family law, services to disabled persons, family violence, corrections, and social justice. The dual-degree program makes it possible to earn an MSW and JD within four years. Study during one summer is usually required. 

The 24-credit Foundation Curriculum is the same for all students. As part of the 36-credit Advanced Curriculum, the School of Social Work accepts 6 credits from the law school. The six credits must be selected in consultation with Corey Shdaimah, PhD, LLB, LLM. 

Dual-degree students have access to the full range of social work field practicums. Most dual-degree students want to do some of their field work in legal or forensic settings where social workers and attorneys interact, where clients have legal and social problems or where legislation is advocated or drafted. 

For more information, contact:

Corey Shdaimah, PhD, LLB, LLM
University of Maryland School of Social Work
525 W. Redwood St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-1777
410-706-7544
cshdaimah@ssw.umaryland.edu

Katrin Hussmann Schroll, J.D.
Assistant Dean for Admissions
The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Office of Admissions
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Tel: 410.706.3492
kschroll@law.umaryland.edu
http://www.law.umaryland.edu/prospective/

Master of Social Work and Master of Business Administration

Financial and business expertise combined with social work practice, knowledge, and experience is invaluable in nonprofit, public, and for-profit human service organizations. The MSW and MBA degrees complement each other and provide graduates with the combination of knowledge, skills, experience, and values necessary in business and the human services to effectively deliver quality services. Combining the strengths of the School of Social Work’s MSW program and the University of Maryland, College Park’s MBA program, students will be exposed to two diverse curricula and faculties. Students will experience life in the Washington-Baltimore corridor, a 40-mile stretch connecting two exceptional cities that share one of the richest concentrations of resources and talent in the nation. The dual-degree program makes it possible for full-time students to earn the MSW and the MBA degrees within four years, excluding summers. The dual program requires 90 credits. Of those, 39 are from the Robert H. Smith School of Business in College Park, and 51 are from the School of Social Work.

Students typically would complete their first year in the MSW, the second and third years in the MBA program, and their fourth in the MSW program. Students have the option of taking some courses in the summers.

For more information, contact:

Karen Hopkins, PhD, MSW
University of Maryland School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
410-706-1496
khopkins@ssw.umaryland.edu

Tia M. Tanksley
Assistant Director of Admissions, Full-Time MBA
Smith School of Business
University of Maryland
2303 Van Munching Hall
College Park, MD 20742
301-405-8146
ttanksley@rhsmith.umd.edu

 

 

Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health

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The School of Social Work offers two dual-degree program options in Social Work and Public Health: 1) the MSW/MPH program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, and 2) the MSW/MPH program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. The purpose of these combined programs is to prepare graduates to assume leadership positions in program administration in health-related agencies and setting, to advance the science of health disparities research, and to deliver multi-level practice interventions for at-risk health populations. Full-time students typically complete their first year in the MSW program, their second year in the MPH program (at Maryland or Hopkins), and then return to the MSW program in their third year. The School of Social Work allows 6 to 9 credits of its program to be completed in the MPH program; these include 6 credits of research requirements and 3 credits of electives. This allows students to complete both the MSW and MPH programs with fewer courses than if they had to enroll in each program separately.

For detailed information on the MSW/MPH programs, see: http://www.medschool.umaryland.edu/epidemiology/mph/Prospective-Students/Joint-MPH-Degree-Programs/MSWMPH/ for the dual degree program with Maryland and https://www.jhsph.edu/academics/degree-programs/master-of-public-health/program-overview/dual-degrees.htm

For more information on the MSW/MPH program contact:

Terry Shaw, PhD, MSW, MPH
University of Maryland School of Social Work
525 W. Redwood St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-1777
410-706-3811
tshaw@ssw.umaryland.edu

Melissa "Mel" Bellin, PhD, MSW
University of Maryland School of Social Work
525 W. Redwood St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-1777
410-706-4409
mbellin@ssw.umaryland.edu

University of Maryland School of Medicine
Master of Public Health Program
660 W. Redwood St, Howard Hall Suite 100
Baltimore MD 21201 Telephone
(410) 706-0539
mph_program@som.umaryland.edu

George Rebok, PhD
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
624 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
410-955-8550
grebok@jhsph.edu

Master of Social Work and Master of Public Policy

The MSW/MPP dual-degree program, offered in collaboration with the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, prepares graduates for practice in public policy and social service agencies and settings in which a combined expertise in social work and public policy would enable them to assume policy and leadership positions.

The dual degree program requires 90 credits. This consists of 51 credits in the School of Social Work and 39 credits in the School of Public Policy. Combining the strengths of the University of Maryland School of Social Work’s MSW program and the University of Maryland, College Park’s MPP program, students will be immersed in two diverse curricula and faculties. Both programs accept nine (9) credits from the other program, which allows students to complete both the MSW and MPP programs with fewer courses and in less time than if they had to enroll in each program separately. Full-time students complete the dual degree in three (3) years, excluding summers. Students may complete their first year in either program, their second year in the alternate program, and then split their third year between the two programs.

For further information, contact:

Michael Reisch, PhD, MSW
School of Social Work
University of Maryland
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
410-706-5088
410-706-6046 (Fax)
mreisch@ssw.umaryland.edu

William Powers, PhD
School of Public Policy
University of Maryland, College Park
2101 Van Munching Hall
College Park, Maryland 20742
wpowers@umd.edu