M.A./M.S.W.

The dual master's program brings together the resources of the School of Criminal Justice and the School of Social Welfare .

The School of Criminal Justice has established an international reputation based both on the scholarship of its faculty and on the contributions of its graduates in the field of criminal justice. The School of Social Welfare is a national leader in social work, both in its direct practice concentration and its training in agency management and human service policy administration.

The dual master's program is directed at students who wish to combine expertise in criminal justice policy and research with the study of direct practice or management of human services. The joint degree broadens the range of student perspectives and interests in each of the schools, and widens the educational program available within each unit.

The Dual Master's Degree Program in Criminal Justice (M.A.) and Social Work (M.S.W.) requires a minimum of 70 graduate credits.

Students may be admitted to the dual master's program at the beginning of their graduate studies, but not later than at the completion of 20 graduate credits applicable to the dual master's program. Work completed for a previously awarded master's or doctoral degree may not be used for this program.

Dual Master's Program in Criminal Justice (M.A.) and Social Work - Direct Practice Concentration (M.S.W.)

Program of Study (70 graduate credits minimum)

To complete requirements for the MA/MSW with the Direct Practice Concentration, students must complete 70 credits through required coursework and electives:

1. Required courses (63 credits minimum):

  • Social Welfare (48 credits minimum) including: Ssw 600; 610; 611; 620; 621; 630; 631; 650; 651; 752; 753; two advanced practice courses, one advanced behavior course, plus one advanced policy course per field of study or advisement;
  • Criminal Justice: one course each in three of the four following substantive areas (9-10 credits):
    Nature of Crime
    Law and Social Control
    Criminal Justice Process and Policy
    Planned Change
  • Support sequence: Crj 504 and Crj 682

2. Electives from criminal justice coursework (5 credits minimum).

Dual Master's Program in Criminal Justice (M.A.) and Social Work - MACRO Concentration (M.S.W.)

Program of Study (70 graduate credits minimum)

To complete requirements for the MA/MSW with the Management Concentration, students must complete 70 credits through required coursework and electives

1. Required courses (57 credits minimum):

  • Social Welfare (42 credits minimum) including: Ssw 600; 610; 611; 620; 621; 630; 650; 651; 714; 715; 726; 752; 753;
  • Criminal Justice: Students must complete one course each in two of the three following substantive areas:
    Nature of Crime
    Law and Social Control
    Criminal Justice Process and Policy
  •  Support sequence: Crj 504; Crj 682 ; and either Crj 691 or Ssw 665

2. Criminal justice electives (11 credits minimum.)