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Social Work Dual-Degree Programs

In today’s multifaceted and increasingly interconnected world, collaboration matters. That’s why the Graduate School of Social Work collaborates with other schools to give Denver Campus two-year and advanced-standing students the opportunity to pursue multiple educational and professional interests simultaneously through our master of social work (MSW) dual-degree programs.

Our interdisciplinary dual and cooperative graduate degree programs allow you to earn your MSW while earning a graduate degree in another field. With a dual degree, you get to study what you’re most passionate about and graduate with a competitive, cross-disciplinary skill set that will give you an advantage in the job market. And because some courses taken for one degree also earn credit toward the other degree, dual-degree programs let you graduate sooner and at a lower cost than if you pursued the degrees separately.

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A master’s degree is the first level of graduate study, typically requiring one to two years of full-time study. To pursue a master’s, you’ll need an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree. Many degrees are specialized to prepare you to enter the job market as a highly qualified applicant or work as an educator in your field.
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Graduate School of Social Work

Master of Social Work + Denver Master of Business Administration

MBA, MSW

About this Program

Offered in collaboration with the University of Denver Daniels College of Business, a master of social work (MSW)and Denver master of business administration (MBA) will prepare you for a career in nonprofit management, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and corporate diversity and inclusion efforts. The full-time, weekday program will expand your career opportunities into the corporate and private sector as well as allow you to incorporate such business skills as accounting, marketing, management and strategic planning into traditional social work settings in the nonprofit and government sectors.

Graduate School of Social Work

Master of Social Work + Juris Doctor

Juris Doctor, MSW

About this Program

You can earn your master of social work (MSW) along with a juris doctor (JD). Offered in collaboration with the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, this degree combination will prepare you with the social work skills, values and perspectives of social justice, strengths-based approaches, systems theory, clinical theories and community organizing that will make you most effective when working with vulnerable and oppressed clients. Graduates become attorneys and social workers who are uniquely prepared to work in immigration law, family law, drug courts, civil rights law, mediation and criminal law.

Graduate School of Social Work

Master of Social Work + Master of Arts in International Development

MA, MSW

About this Program

Offered with the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the master of social work (MSW) and master of arts in international development (MA) will steep you in development theory, policy-oriented decision making and analysis, institutional politics and the practical skills needed for a career in government, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector.

Graduate School of Social Work

Master of Social Work + Master of Arts in International Human Rights

MA, MSW

About this Program

Offered with the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the master of social work (MSW) and master of arts in international human rights (MA) link human rights to development, health, security and humanitarian assistance and will give you the specialized skills needed to engage communities and individuals to address complex problems. Together, these degrees will prepare you to work in international nonprofits, international rights advocacy organizations, international aid agencies, governmental and intergovernmental organizations, the human rights legal profession, and academia.

Graduate School of Social Work

Master of Social Work + Master of Arts in International Studies

MA, MSW

About this Program

Offered in conjunction with the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the master of social work (MSW) and master of arts in international studies (MA) will ready you for a career in the government, private and nonprofit sectors. The MA degree provides opportunity to tailor a program to fit your specific needs and interests. The MSW emphasizes social justice, a systems approach to diagnosing and addressing problems, and clinical skills for engaging with client systems at the micro, mezzo and macro levels, making dual-degree students uniquely adept at engaging communities and individuals to address complex problems, especially within cultures that are new to them.

Graduate School of Social Work

Master of Social Work + Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care

MA, MSW

About this Program

Offered in collaboration with the Iliff School of Theology, a master of social work (MSW) and master of arts in pastoral and spiritual care (MAPSC) integrates religious knowledge and spiritual care with social work training in direct practice work with individuals, families and groups. You’ll be prepared for professional social work licensure and to provide counseling services in religious institutions and faith-based organizations as well as traditional mental health settings.

Graduate School of Social Work

Master of Social Work + Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics

MA, MSW

About this Program

Offered in collaboration with the Iliff School of Theology, a master of social work (MSW) and master of arts in social justice and ethics (MASJE) provides a historical and theoretical foundation for social justice work and its intersection with religious studies. You’ll graduate prepared for professional social work licensure and will learn the full range of social justice practices, including practical training in community organizing, nonprofit leadership for social justice and the impact of religious traditions on social change.

Graduate School of Social Work

Master of Social Work + Master of Divinity

MSW

About this Program

Religious understanding is crucial for counselors in a global age. Offered in collaboration with the Iliff School of Theology, a master of social work (MSW) and master of divinity (MDiv) provides spiritual and social work training that will help religious professionals in their career advancement and bivocational work as counselors and ministers or chaplains who want to incorporate social work in their ministry.

Graduate School of Social Work

Master of Social Work + Master of Legal Studies

MLS, MSW

About this Program

You can earn your master of social work (MSW) along with a master of legal studies (MLS). Offered in conjunction with the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, these degrees will prepare you to be an effective practitioner in social policy and to affect change at all levels of community and government as you interact with lawyers, assess risks and opportunities, and understand the legal, legislative and regulatory landscape.

Graduate School of Social Work

Master of Social Work + Master of Public Health

MSW

About this Program

The master of social work (MSW) and master of public health (MPH) dual degree is a collaboration between the University of Denver and the Colorado School of Public Health at the Anschutz Medical Campus. The fields of public health and social work share a lot in common. Both strive to improve health and social functioning, with public health focusing primarily on physical health and social work focusing primarily on social, emotional and mental health. What can you do with an MSW/MPH dual degree? Medical and public health services, substance abuse prevention and treatment, mental health and child welfare are just a few of the options.

Graduate School of Social Work

Master of Social Work + Master of Public Policy

MPP, MSW

About this Program

Offered together with the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the master of social work (MSW) and master of public policy (MPP) will prepare you to create change at all levels of community and government. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge about policy and how to effectively work with clients. If your career path might include making policy-level decisions, then this degree pair may be right for you.

Graduate School of Social Work

Master of Social Work + Master of Theological Studies

MSW

About this Program

Offered in collaboration with the Iliff School of Theology, a master of social work (MSW) and master of theological studies (MTS) will allow you to combine your academic interests in religious studies with your vocational interests in social work. You’ll enrich your social work career with a full understanding of religious traditions and their impact on global society and individual lives.

Graduate School of Social Work

Master of Social Work + Professional Masters in Business Administration

MBA, MSW

About this Program

Offered in collaboration with the University of Denver Daniels College of Busines, a master of social work (MSW) and professional master's in business administration (PMBA) can be completed during evenings and weekends with fewer credits than the Denver MBA degree. The MSW/PMBA will expand your career opportunities into the corporate and private sector as well as allow you to incorporate such business skills as accounting, marketing, management and strategic planning into traditional social work settings in the nonprofit and government sectors. It will prepare you for a dynamic career in nonprofit management, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and corporate diversity and inclusion efforts.

Graduate School of Social Work

MSW Certificate in Animal-Assisted Social Work

Certificate

About this Program

The first of its kind in the nation, our Animal-Assisted Social Work (AASW) master’s certificate explores social justice from the perspective of humans, animals and the environment. This certificate is only available to students enrolled in our Denver Campus MSW Program, and you’ll complete the certificate and your MSW program at the same time. Together, the MSW and certificate will prepare you to consider humans, animals and the environment in practice settings that range from therapeutic programs to animal shelters and sanctuaries

Offered by the Graduate School of Social Work and the Institute for Human-Animal Connection, this certificate will add three specialized elective courses to the MSW curriculum during your concentration year. The certificate also includes field internships that examine critical human, animal and environmental connections in the U.S. and internationally.

Graduate School of Social Work

MSW Certificate in Latinx Social Work

Certificate

About this Program

As the Latinx population continues to grow in Colorado and nationwide, there is a critical need for bilingual and culturally responsive social workers. Our MSW Latinx Social Work Certificate addresses this need, preparing you for a bilingual career serving individuals and families of Latin American origin

You’ll complete this certificate concurrently with your MSW program. The certificate includes an intensive Spanish-language immersion component, an experiential course taught in Mexico, and other specialized courses in addition to a field internship in which you’ll work with Spanish-speaking clients. A minimum of intermediate proficiency in Spanish is required for admission to the Latinx Social Work Certificate program, which is only available to students enrolled in our Denver Campus MSW Program.

With online and on-campus options in three locations, we have the right MSW for you.

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Dual Undergraduate/Graduate Degree

If you are a current University of Denver undergraduate student, you may combine your bachelor’s degree in any field with a master of social work (MSW) degree, graduating with both degrees in five years. You’ll save substantial time and money by earning the MSW one year sooner than would be possible if the two degrees were earned consecutively.

In this dual undergraduate/graduate degree program, you’ll complete your undergraduate requirements, as well as your major and minor requirements, during your first three years at the University of Denver. During the fourth year, you’ll begin the MSW curriculum.

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