MPH/MSW

The School of Public Health and School of Social Welfare have joined resources to offer students an opportunity to combine the MPH (Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior: Management or Health Policy track) and the MSW (MACRO concentration) for a strong specialization in health policy, management and administration.

Course of Study

The School of Social Welfare and School of Public Health have joined resources to offer students an opportunity to simultaneously obtain the MPH (Health Policy and Management concentration) and the MSW (MACRO concentration) for a strong specialization in health and social services policy, management, and administration. The MSW coursework includes generalist and advanced social work MACRO practice that prepares students to work in health care and other related settings. The MPH coursework exposes students to each of the core areas of public health, while providing advanced coursework in policy analysis and the management of health care organizations. Both degrees count courses in the other program as meeting course requirements. Both programs are fully accredited through the Council on Social Work Education (MSW program) and the Council on Education for Public Health (MPH program). The total number of credits required in fulfillment of the dual MSW/MPH degree is 91 credits.

NOTE:  Applicants should be aware that some states, such as New York State, restrict or deny professional licensure for people with felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions, or actions taken against them by a professional organization. If you have such a situation, you would benefit from consulting with your state’s licensing board before you submit your application. Your application will be subject to a more rigorous review by both the University at Albany Office of Graduate Admissions on the main campus and the School of Social Welfare’s Admission Committee.

Application Process

Students wishing to pursue the collaborative program should first complete a University at Albany, State University of New York graduate study application for admission via APPLY NOW, designating their program of study as the MSW/MPH dual degree program. At this time, only fall enrollments are considered. Additional application documents are required by both the School of Social Welfare and the School of Public Health noted below. The Admissions Committees of both Schools must accept the application individually in order for the student to be accepted into the dual degree program.

  1. Complete the University at Albany, State University of New York graduate study application for admission via APPLY NOW, designating the program of study as the MSW/MPH dual degree program.

  2. Submit Supplemental application materials including:
    a.)  Three letters of recommendation.
    b.)  A personal statement essay addressing all questions in the MPH/MSW guidelines for writing the personal statement.
    c.)  Official academic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate study.

  3. The School of Public Health requires all applicants to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.  Use code 2532 to have test scores sent directly to the University at Albany.
    a.)  The GRE must have been taken within 5 years of your application to the MPH program. It is preferred that you have a minimum score of 300 or 50th percentile for each category (verbal and quantitative) and a minimum of 4.0 percentile for analytic writing.
    b.)  The GRE requirement is waived for persons with a doctoral degree, e.g., MD or PhD, from an American University.

    *MCAT scores may be substituted for GRE scores.

All materials should be submitted to the University at Albany Office of Graduate Admissions. Your application materials will then be made available to both schools.

For information on the dual MPH/MSW dregree, please contact:

Julia F. Hastings, MSW, PH.D.
University at Albany, SUNY
Email: jhastings2@albany.edu

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