MSW/JD Dual Degree Program - Master of Social Work (MSW)

The goal of the dual-degree MSW/JD program is to offer comprehensive preparation to individuals interested in becoming leaders in their communities, their state, or the nation, as well as leaders in promoting and enhancing social justice and individual well-being, through interventions, advocacy, organizational management, and public policy. Students will acquire knowledge of legal and social work strategies that can improve the lives of individuals and groups, by understanding forensic social work, the justice system, domestic violence, child protection, human rights, and more.

Students must be admitted to each program before they will be considered to be students in the joint program.

Admission requirements for the proposed dual-enrollment program are those currently established for both the MSW program and the JD program.

Completion Requirements

The MSW (Primarily Online) program requires 42 hours of coursework for those admitted with advanced-standing status and 60 credit hours for other students. Nine credit hours of electives are required of all MSW students. Students in the dual-enrollment MSW/JD program will complete the Law School-required nine hours of electives for the MSW degree.

The on-campus JD program requires at least 90 hours of course work, of which 6 hours may be fulfilled with approved courses offered outside the Law School. The JD is a cohort-based program completed over three to four years. Dually enrolled MSW/JD students will be required to complete 9 hours of MSW courses as part of the 90 hours of study for the JD.

In all, the proposed dual-enrollment program will require 114 credit hours for students admitted with advanced standing to the MSW program or 132 credit hours for students without advanced standing.

Transfer of Credit

The MSW Program and JD Program observe all current rules governing transfer of academic credit, as outlined in the Graduate School Catalog, the MSW Student Handbook, and the Law Student Handbook. In the dual-enrollment program, transfer of credit for the required social work courses will be allowed, subject to current policies of the Graduate School and School of Social Work.

Students in the dual MSW/JD degree program will follow the first year curriculum prescribed by the Law School. The dual degree program effectively begins after the first year of the JD curriculum is complete. Dual MSW/JD students will work with advisors from both programs prior to their third semester to ensure that an appropriate plan of study is developed and that progress is made to satisfy the requirements of both degrees.

Time Limit

We expect each enrolled student to complete the dual-enrollment program in three and one-half to four and one-half years. Graduate School regulations and ABA Standards require students in the dual-degree program to complete their degree programs in no more than six years from the time of matriculation.


Both degrees will be conferred during a single commencement exercise, once all degree requirements have been met. Neither degree will be granted until both degrees are earned, except in cases in which a student formally withdraws from the dual-enrollment program.