The joint degree sponsored by Public Policy and Social Welfare permits students to earn both the MPP and MSW degrees in three years. With Social Welfare’s emphasis on understanding the ecological context in which human social problems exist and Public Policy’s analytic tools, students are enabled to develop social policy that is congruent with the needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Those interested in being social policy makers are encouraged to apply. Students already enrolled in their first year of public policy or social welfare may also apply.
For additional information regarding this program please contact the admissions officer in the Department of Social Welfare and in the Department of Public Policy.
During the first year, students follow the required M.S.W. curriculum, taking 39 units. In the second year students take most of the M.P.P. core courses (36 units) while continuing their social work practice methods courses (12 units.) During the third year of the program students complete the remaining M.P.P. core and concentration course (32 units) along with their M.S.W. practicum courses and elective (16 units). See sample Plan of Study for the MPP/MSW program.
To apply for the joint degree program, students are required to satisfy the regular admissions requirements of each program. Students enrolled either in the MSW or MPP program may apply for admission to the joint degree program in their first year of residence.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the MPP application. Because of the highly analytic curriculum, the GRE scores required for the MPP have a higher baseline than for the MSW or (have a similar baseline to the doctoral program in Social Welfare.) In addition, the Test of English Language (TOEFL) is required for international students. See the section on Admissions in this brochure for MPP admissions requirements.
To request an application for the Department of Social Welfare please contact: