Dual Degrees

The School of Social Work participates in five dual-degree programs. Students typically complete the first year of the MSW program, transition to the dual program for the required amount of time, and return for the final year to complete the MSW program. The degrees must be taken concurrently to allow credit-sharing between programs, thus decreasing the amount of time it takes to complete both degrees.

Applicants must apply to both programs separately; admissions 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 emphasizes 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 mini-mester; 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

Associate Dean Susan Krinsky
University of Maryland School of Law
500 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-1786
410-706-5235
skrinsky@law.umaryland.edu

Master of Social Work and Master of Business Administration

The MSW/MBA program enables graduates to function in the workplace with the knowledge necessary to deliver quality services. The workplace is a major arena for the delivery of services, including career advising, addictions counseling, health promotion, relocation assistance, and child and elder care referral programs. In social service agencies, financial and business expertise combined with social work practice, knowledge, and experience is invaluable. The degrees complement each other, and provide graduates with the combination of knowledge, experience, and values necessary in business and the human services system.

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 three years, excluding summers. The three-year 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 in the MBA program, and their third in the MSW program.

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

Dustin Hodgson
Assistant Director of Admissions
Robert H. Smith School of Business
2303 Van Munching Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-1815
301-405-5729
dhodgson@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 programs is to prepare graduates for practice in health-related agencies and settings in which a combined expertise in social work and public health would enable them to assume leadership positions. Students typically complete their first year in the MSW, 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 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

Diane Marie M. St. George, PhD
Assistant Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine
Director, MPH Program
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Maryland School of Medicine
660 W. Redwood St, HH102C
Baltimore MD 21201
Telephone (410) 706-0206
Fax (410) 706-8013
dstgeorg@epi.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