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Dual Degrees

In an effort to offer as many opportunities as possible, Rutgers School of Social Work offers graduate dual degrees. Please note that students must apply to the MSW Traditional/On-Campus Program. Explore these options below:

Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work (JD/MSW)
The School of Social Work, in collaboration with Rutgers School of Law-Camden and School of Law-Newark, has established an accelerated dual-degree program in law and social work through which a student can obtain the J.D. and MSW degrees. With the accelerated program, a full-time student can expect to complete the degrees in four years rather than the five years normally needed to complete both degrees separately.

Currently, the Graduate School of Social Work program is a two-year, sixty-credit program or a four-year part-time program.  The Camden Law School and Newark Law School programs are three-year 84-credits programs.  Each program will award a student in the dual degree program 12 credit hours for course work in the other program, for a total of twenty-four credit hours. The Camden Law School or the Newark Law School  will give Law School credit for the following Social Work three credit courses: Methods of Social Work Research II; Social Welfare Policy and Services II; Advanced Practice I; and Advanced Practice II.  The Graduate School of Social Work will recognize any four advanced Camden or Newark Law School three credit courses (2nd or 3rd year courses) as meeting the twelve credits of electives now required. The dual degree program is appropriate for students in Social Work Nonprofit and Public Management (NPPM) or Clinical Social Work concentration who desire a legal foundation which will enhance their ability to function within the contemporary social service and social policy environments.  The dual degree program is appropriate for law students who anticipate careers in the social service and social policy sectors of our society.

Students may apply for admission to the Graduate School of Social Work and to either the School of Law-Camden or the School of Law-Newark.  To apply to the School of Social Work, visit, http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu and apply online. For information about applying to law school and the Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT), contact the Camden School of Law Admissions Office at 856-225-6102, http://camlaw.rutgers.edu or the Newark School of Law 973-353-5554, http://law.newark.rutgers.edu.  The program is open to those applying to Law or Social Work as well as current students in their first year of study in either of the Law Schools or the School of Social Work.  The application deadline is February 1st for the Graduate School of Social Work and the School of Law-Camden, and March 15th for the School of Law - Newark.

The courses required for the dual degree program must follow a specific sequence.  You may choose one of two ways to complete your requirements.  The first option is to begin at the School of Law and the second is to begin at the School of Social Work.

Sample Schedule (PDF)

Master of Social Work/Master of Divinity (MSW/M.Div.)
Rutgers School of Social Work and the Princeton Theological Seminary offer an accelerated program in social work and ministry leading to a Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Divinity (M. Div.). The program is designed for students who expect to enter forms of ministry requiring competence in the disciplines of theology and social work. Students begin this four-year program at the Princeton Theological Seminary and apply to the Rutgers School of Social Work in thier second year at the Seminary.  The final two years of study in the dual degree are completed at Rutgers School of Social Work.

Combined MSW/Ph.D. Program
The School of Social Work offers a combined MSW/Ph.D. program. You may apply to the program with your application to the MSW program, or you may apply in your first year as a matriculated student in the Rutgers MSW Program. For more information, click here.

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For more information on our dual degree programs, please email MSWadmissions@ssw.rutgers.edu.

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