Senate Bill No. 0304-21

UNIVERSITY SENATE

UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK


Introduced by: Graduate Academic Council

Date: March 2004

PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH A REGISTERED DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM
M.S.W./M.A. PUBLIC AFFAIRS & POLICY

IT IS HEREBY PROPOSED THAT THE FOLLOWING BE ADOPTED:

1. That the University Senate approve the attached Proposal to Establish a Registered “Dual Degree Program involving the Master of Social Work (MACRO Concentration) and Master of Arts in Public Affairs and Policy,” as approved by the Graduate Academic Council.

2. That this proposal be forwarded to the President for approval.

 

Proposed Dual Degree
Master of Social Work (MACRO Concentration) and Master of Public Affairs and Policy
University at Albany

PROPOSED PROGRAM TITLE: Dual Degree Program in Social Work and Public Policy.

TITLES and Program Code Numbers of Currently Registered Programs which are to be combined: M.S.W. in Social Work 03048. Master of Arts in Public Affairs and Policy 03040.

PROPOSED DEGREES: M.S.W./Master of Arts in Public Affairs and Policy

HEGIS Classification and Number: Public Affairs and Service, 2104 (M.S.W.); MA Public Affairs and Policy 2102.

Academic Units That Will Offer the Program: School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, State University of New York and Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York.

Proposed Beginning Date: September 1, 2004.

Summary of Program: The School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, State University of New York, offers approved B.S., M.S.W., and Ph.D. programs in Social Work. The Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, offers approved B.A. degrees in Political Science and Public Policy; M.A. degrees in Political Science, Public Administration, and Public Affairs and Policy; and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science and Public Administration. This proposal is to offer a combined masters-level program in Social Work (MACRO Concentration) and Public Affairs and Policy. The proposed dual degree program is 87 credits: 51 credits (of 60) of Master of Social Work courses and 36 credits (of 44 minimum) of Master of Public Affairs and Policy courses. Students will take 16 of the 19 courses required toward the Social Work degree. Students will take all of the courses required for the Public Affairs and Policy degree because courses in Social Work will satisfy the degree’s requirements for an elected substantive public policy field and an internship. The program will take 3 academic years if completed full-time. We anticipate admitting one or two students a year. This program will be a Council on Social Work Education accredited M.S.W. program under the School of Social Welfare’s current accreditation.

The curriculum for the proposed dual degree program is displayed in Tables 1 and 2.

Rationale for the program: The proposed dual degree will prepare students with a commitment to humanitarian values, knowledge of U.S. social service delivery systems, and advanced skills to analyze and formulate public policy relevant to social welfare.

The M.S.W. degree with a MACRO concentration prepares graduates for professional social work in service delivery and management of human service organizations. Additional skills include evaluation, resource development, advocacy and community development. A recent survey of graduates indicated they held positions as providers of direct service, administrators in social service agencies, educators or trainers, policy development staff, and research and consulting. All but a few worked in human services.

The Masters of Public Affairs and Policy (henceforth referred to as the MPP) prepares students for careers as policy analysts and leaders in public service. Skills include analytic and quantitative skills to frame policy issues, deal with institutional and political contexts, and effectively bring about actions to formulate, approve, implement and evaluate policy. The MPP requires specialization in a choice of public policy fields, such as education, environment, health, and welfare.

The proposed dual program would offer students the opportunity to combine a commitment to public social policy with strong analytic skills in formulating and analyzing policy. The first year of M.S.W. coursework includes a strong emphasis on social work values and ethics, intervention skills, and organizational contexts that will provide students with a perspective and skills to further human well-being and social justice. The first-year coursework also prepares students to provide service delivery at a beginning level, a useful understanding for analyzing the impact of social policy. The second-year MSW MACRO coursework includes organizational and interorganizational skills but does not heavily emphasize policy analysis. The MPP coursework will provide students with strong statistical and analytic skills and background in economics and public finance, as well as an understanding of the politics of public policy formation and the challenges of public policy implementation. Substantive content for the required MPP Master’s Essay will be from basic and advanced MSW courses in social welfare policy.

In the proposed dual degree, students will take the required courses in each program. In the social work program, these courses include those whose content is required for accreditation. In the MPP, the students will take the standard program, using social work courses to satisfy the program’s requirement for an elected public policy field and a social work field instruction course to satisfy the requirement for an internship. In other words, both degrees will count courses in the other program as meeting elective courses. The program will be a fully accredited M.S.W. program under the School of Social Welfare’s current accreditation.

Potential Demand: We expect one or two students a year.

Enrollment in the M.S.W. program has been steady between 350 and 375 and applications for the entering class have been between 200 and 400.

The MPP program enrolls about 30 students a year. Students include both recent college graduates and working professionals in state and local governments and nonprofit agencies.

General requirements for program completion of each separate program:

The University at Albany School of Social Welfare currently offers a 60-credit degree, Master of Social Work (M.S.W.). The M.S.W. degree includes 31 credits of required coursework and 29 credits of coursework in an advanced concentration. Because this proposal concerns only one advanced concentration, the MACRO concentration, the model full-time curriculum for MACRO students only is presented in Table 4. In the MACRO concentration (second-year), 6 courses (20 credits) are required of all students; 2 courses (6 credits) are selected from courses designated by the faculty as meeting requirements for Advanced MACRO (1 course, 3 credits) and Advanced Policy (1 course, 3 credits); and one additional course (3 credits) is taken per advisement.

The Master of Arts in Public Affairs and Policy (MPP) offered by the Rockefeller College includes nine core courses, three courses in a substantive public policy field chosen by the student, and a master’s essay on a topic in the student’s elected policy policy field. The public policy fields draw on courses offered by other departments on campus, including the School of Social Welfare. The required courses are listed in Table 5. In addition, students must complete a non-credit internship of at least one semester.

Specific requirements for the dual Master’s program:

a. Listing of all required courses.

The required courses for the proposed Dual Registered Master’s Program in Social Work and Master of Arts in Public Affairs and Policy are listed in Table 1. The 87 credit degree includes 14 required social work courses (courses listed as SSW with a number), 2 social work courses that meet distributional requirements (listed as SSW 7xx), 9 required public affairs and policy courses (courses listed as PUB), and a master’s essay.

b. Supporting courses and electives.

The courses that meet social work distributional requirements for Advanced MACRO and Advanced Policy courses will be selected from those listed in Table 3. They will be the same selection of courses offered to students in the MSW program at the same time.

c. Courses and credits that will be used to satisfy requirements for both degrees.

Table 2 indicates how credit will be allocated toward each degree. The 9 courses that meet requirements of both degrees are in the center column of Table 2. Several requirements for the social work advanced MACRO concentration are met with public affairs and policy courses. The social work program evaluation course (SSW 665) is met through data analysis courses in public affairs and policy (PUB 504 and 505). The social work course in organizational contexts (SSW 790) is met through public affairs and policy courses in policy implementation and politics (PUB 506 and PUB 522).

Several requirements for the MPP are met through social work courses. The required internship is met through one of the two-semester social work internships (SSW 753) This internship will involve policy analysis or implementation in a social welfare context. The public policy field requirement of 3 courses is met through courses with social welfare policy content in social work (SSW 600 and courses taken to meet the Advanced MACRO and Advanced Policy distributional requirements).

In terms of completing degree requirements toward the M.S.W. Social Work degree, students will take 16 of the 18 required social work courses (51 credits). The content of two required courses is met through public affairs and policy. No required content will be lost. In the regular degree program, students take one elective in social work or any related graduate department. A public affairs and policy course is a suitable elective.

Toward the MPP degree, students take all 9 required core courses and write a master’s essay. The internship and the public policy field courses will be in social work. No required content is lost because, in the regular MPP program, one of the public policy fields is social welfare and includes social work policy courses.

d. Number of semesters required for dual program completion. The model program is laid out in Table 1. The degree will take three academic years and three summers to complete.

e. Other program requirements. The required internship and master’s thesis are included in the credit-bearing courses. There are no additional requirements. Students must satisfactorily complete all courses, including courses in Field Instruction (internship in an agency).

f. Assuring program quality: Several means exist to assure program quality. First, the M.S.W. degree program (including the variation proposed in this dual degree program) is accredited by an external accrediting body, the Council on Social Work Education. It is reviewed periodically by outside reviewers and must meet rigorous standards, especially when variations to the regular degree programs are present. Secondly, as part of the M.S.W. requirements, students must complete four semesters of field instruction, carrying out social work duties in a social work agency (internship). Professional responsibility as well as concerns for liability require careful monitoring of student preparation for and supervision during the field practica. The Rockefeller College has elected not to pursue accreditation for the MA in Public Affairs and Policy degree. However, the program was reviewed and assessed in 2003 by the program’s faculty and a team of external site visitors as part of a review of all campus programs required by the State University of New York central administration. Finally, faculty at both programs have formal mechanisms for periodic review of curriculum, including the content and relevance of courses that fulfill degree requirements.

g. Admissions: Students must be eligible to matriculate in both programs and must be accepted through the admissions process of each program.

Table 1
Proposed Dual Degree
Master of Social Work (MACRO) at the School of Social Welfare and
Master of Public Affairs and Policy
University at Albany-State University of New York
Curriculum and Model Program (87 credits)

Time Frame Master of Social Work Master of Public Affairs and Policy

Year 1
Fall

 

15 credits

SSW 600 Social Welfare Policy and Services (3 credits)
SSW 610 Human Behavior and Social Environment I (3 credits)
SSW 620 Micro Practice in Social Work I (3 credits)
SSW 630 Macro Practice in Social Work I (3 credits)
SSW 650 Field Instruction I (3 credits)
 

Year 1
Spring

 

16 credits

SSW 611 Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3 credits)
SSW 621 Micro Practice in Social Work II (3 credits)
SSW 631 Macro Practice in Social Work II (3 credits)
SSW 651 Field Instruction II (4 credits)
SSW 660 Introductory Research Methodology (3 credits)
 

Year 2
Fall

 

13 credits

SSW 790 Human Service Organizations (3 credits) OR SSW 792 Community Building (3 credits) PUB 503 Economics and Finance (4 credits)
PUB 504 Data, Models and Decisions I (4 credits)
PUB 507 Professional Applications (2 credits)

Year 2
Spring

 

15 credits

SSW 791 Managing Systems in Human Service Organizations (3 credits) PUB 505 Data, Models and Decisions II (4 credits)
PUB 506 Implementation and Impact (4 credits)
PUB 514 Economic Analysis for Public Affairs II (4 credits)

Year 3
Fall

 

15 credits

SSW 752 Field Education III (4 credits)SSW 7xx Advanced MACRO (3 credits)* PUB 502 Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Public Policy OR PUB 529 Law and Policy (4 credits)PUB 522 Politics and Policy (4 credits)

Year 3
Spring

 

13 credits

SSW 743 Field Education IV (4 credits)SSW 7xx Advanced Policy (3 credits) PUB 508 Current Topics (2 credits)
PUB 698 Master’s Essay (4 credits)

Total credits87

51 credits 36 credits


Table 2
Proposed Dual Degree
Master of Social Work (MACRO) at the School of Social Welfare and
Master of Public Affairs and Policy
University at Albany-State University of New York
Allocation of Credits to the Degree Programs

Credits counting toward Master of Social Work only Credits counting toward both degrees Credits counting toward Master of Public Affairs and Policy only
SSW 610 Human Behavior and Social Environment I (3 credits)
SSW 620 Micro Practice in Social Work I (3 credits)
SSW 630 Macro Practice in Social Work I (3 credits)
SSW 650 Field Instruction I (3 credits)SSW 611 Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3 credits)
SSW 621 Micro Practice in Social Work II (3 credits)
SSW 631 Macro Practice in Social Work II (3 credits)
SSW 651 Field Instruction II (4 credits)
SSW 660 Introductory Research Methodology (3 credits)
SSW 752 Field Instruction III (4 credits )
SSW 753 Field Instruction IV (4 credits)
SSW 790 Human Service Organizations in a Changing Environment OR SSW 792 Community Building (3 credits)
SSW 791 Managing Systems in Human Service Organizations (3 credits)
SSW 600 Social Welfare Policy and Services (3 credits)
SSW 7xx Advanced MACRO (3 credits)
SSW 7xx Advanced Policy (3 credits)
PUB 502 Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Public Policy OR PUB 529 Law and Policy (4 credits)
PUB 504 Data, Models and Decisions I (4 credits)
PUB 505 Data, Models and Decisions II (4 credits)
PUB 503 Economics and Finance (4 credits)
PUB 506 Implementation and Impact (4 credits)
PUB 507 Professional Applications (2 credits)
PUB 508 Current Topics in Public Policy (2 credits)
PUB 514 Economic Analysis for Public Affairs II (4 credits)
PUB 522 Politics and Policy (4 credits)
PUB 698 Master’s Essay (4 credits)
42 credits 21 credits 24 credits

 

Table 3
School of Social Welfare
University at Albany-State University of New York
Course Meeting Distributional Requirements for Advanced MACRO and Advanced Policy

Advanced MACRO (students select one):

SSW 793 Leadership in Human Services
SSW 794 Community Economic Development
SSW 795 Development (Fundraising, Marketing, Grants)
SSW 796 Action Research
SSW 7xx Interprofessional Leadership for School, Family, and Community Partnerships
SSW 7xx Managed Care and Social Work.

Advanced Policy (students select one):

SSW 740 Social Gerontology: Policies, Programs and Services
SSW 780 Child Welfare
SSW 781732 Poverty, Health and Health Policy
SSW 782 International Social Welfare Policy
SSW 783 Social Work in Rural Settings
SSW 784 Women and Social Policy
SSW 785 Mental Health Policy

Table 4

School of Social Welfare
University at Albany-State University of New York
M.S.W. Curriculum with Concentration in MACRO

First-Year Generalist Curriculum

First Semester (Fall)

SSW 600 Social Welfare Policy and Services (3 credits)
SSW 610 Human Behavior and Social Environment I (3 credits)
SSW 620 Micro Practice in Social Work I (3 credits)
SSW 630 Macro Practice in Social Work I (3 credits)
SSW 650 Field Instruction I (3 credits)

Second Semester (Spring)

SSW 611 Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3 credits)
SSW 621 Micro Practice in Social Work II (3 credits)
SSW 631 Macro Practice in Social Work II (3 credits)
SSW 660 Introductory Research Methodology (3 credits)
SSW 651 Field Instruction II (4 credits)


Second-Year MACRO Practice Program

Third Semester (Fall)
SSW 665 Research Methods in Social Work Management (3 credits)
SSW 752 Field Instruction III (4 credits)
SSW 790 Human Service Organizations in a Changing Environment (3 credits)
SSW 792 Community Building (3 credits)
SSW 7xx Advanced MACRO course* (3 credits)

Fourth Semester (Spring)
SSW 753 Field Instruction IV (4 credits)
SSW 791 Managing Systems in Human Service Organizations (3 credits)
SSW 7xx Advanced Policy** (3 credits)
SSW xxx Elective (3 credits)

*Advanced MACRO courses may be selected from the following approved courses: SSW 793 Leadership in Human Services, SSW 794 Community Economic Development, SSW 795 Development (Fundraising, Marketing, Grants), SSW 796 Action Research, SSW 7xx Interprofessional Leadership for School, Family, and Community Partnerships, or SSW 7xx Managed Care and Social Work.

**Advanced Policy courses may be selected from the following approved courses: SSW 740 Social Gerontology: Policies, Programs and Services; SSW 780 Child Welfare; SSW 781 Poverty, Health and Health Policy; SSW 782 International Social Welfare Policy; SSW 783 SW in Rural Settings; SSW 784 Women and Social Policy; SSW 785 Mental Health Policy

Table 5

Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
University at Albany-State University of New York
Master of Public Affairs and Policy
Curriculum


First Semester (Fall)

PUB 503 Economics and Finance (4 credits)
PUB 504 Data, Models and Decisions I (4 credits)
PUB 507 Professional Applications (2 credits)
PUB 522 Politics and Policy (4 credits)

Second Semester (Spring)

PUB 514 Economic Analysis for Public Affairs II (4 credits)
PUB 505 Data, Models and Decisions II (4 credits)
PUB 506 Implementation and Impact (4 credits)
PUB 508 Current Topics in Public Policy (2 credits)

Third Semester (Fall)

PUB 502 Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Public Policy OR PUB 529 Law and Policy (4
credits)
Policy Field course (3 or 4 credits)
Policy Field course (3 or 4 credits)

Fourth Semester (Spring)

Policy Field course (3 or 4 credits)
PUB 698 Master’s Essay (4 credits)
Public Policy Internship