The University of Washington makes it possible to build the kind of concurrent degree program that fits your professional career goals. The most common concurrent degrees that align with social work are in public health or public policy. To find out more about creating a concurrent degree plan, contact the School of Social Work Admissions Office.

All students considering a concurrent degree program should review the UW Graduate School’s Memo 35: Concurrent Degree Programs, describing how both formal and informal concurrent degrees work.  Both the MSW/MPA and MSW/MPH dual degree programs are considered an Informal Concurrent Degree program.  It is the responsibility of the student to make sure her or his plan of study aligns with the requirements of the respective schools and the UW Graduate School: http://grad.uw.edu/policies-procedures/graduate-school-memoranda/memo-35-concurrent-degree-programs/

The School of Social Work additionally offers opportunities for students to pursue certification in Prevention and K-12 School Social Work (details below). 

 

 

The University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance and School of Social Work concurrent degree option offers interdisciplinary preparation in the fields of social work and public policy and governance, leading to the Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration. Earning degrees in both areas prepares students to be professionals who work at the interface of the two fields in practice, research, planning, administration, and policy development.

The concurrent degree is offered by the School of Social Work and the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. The program enables students to complete the requirements for the MSW and MPA degrees within approximately three years, which would require four years of academic work if earned separately. In addition, it will most likely require a full-time summer block practicum that fulfills the practicum requirement for the MSW and internship requirement for the MPA.

Students must apply to and be accepted by both schools. The concurrent degree option described here assumes that students are pursuing degrees in the School of Social Work MSW DAY program and the Evans School‘s full-time MPA degree.  Note: Social Work EDP students may pursue a concurrent degree program with the full-time MPA degree, but would likely find it less expensive to, instead, pursue a fee-based concurrent or subsequent degree or certificate through Professional and Continuing Education. For more information, please visit: https://evans.uw.edu/academic-programs/mpa/part-time-mpa-track

The Evans School certificate programs are also an excellent way for both Day and Extended Degree Program students to take relevant coursework without the GRE requirement expected in the degree program. Please visit this website for more information: https://evans.uw.edu/academic-programs/certificates-and-program-options

Further Information

School of Social Work

Aliyah Vinikoor, Assistant Director of the MSW Program, School of Social Work, 206-543-3416, aliyah@uw.edu

Evans School

Prospective MSW/MPA students: Evans School Admissions

Current MPA students: Caitlin Blomquist, Assistant Director of Student Services, Evans School, cmb23@uw.edu

The MSW/MPH concurrent degree program offers interdisciplinary preparation in the fields of social work and public health, leading to the Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees. Public Health and Social Work share an interest in a preventive approach to health and social problems, a community perspective, and a focus on vulnerable populations.  Both fields recognize the influence of social, behavioral, and environmental factors on contemporary health problems, and acknowledge the need for research and interventions that address all three components.

The objective of the concurrent degree program is to prepare professionals who will function at the interface of both fields in practice, research, planning, administration, and policy development. Students will develop (1) competence in social work practice in community health, (2) understanding of the organization and functioning of the health and social service delivery systems, and (3) basic analytical skills necessary to conduct research and to perform competently in a variety of public health social work roles. Students will also have an opportunity for in-depth study of particular issues related to their special interests and career goals.

Concurrent degrees are offered by the School of Social Work and the Departments of Health Services (DHS) and Global Health (DGH) in the School of Public Health.  The program enables students to complete the requirements for the MSW and MPH degrees within approximately three years, which would require four years of academic work if earned separately.  In addition, it will most likely require a full time summer block practicum that fulfills the practicum requirement for both programs.

There are three degree programs through which students may earn their MPH (and multiple options under some of them:

Extended degree program (EDP) students can apply and would likely be most interested in the Community Oriented Public Health Program (COPHP).  The MPH (Day) programs in Health Services and Global Health don’t work well for EDP students because students would need to pay for each program separately and it would almost always be prohibitively expensive.  EDP students may want to consider applying in the fall of their final year of their MSW program to the Day SPH program and complete them consecutively rather than concurrently.  

All SW graduate students in the Day and EDP program are eligible to apply and are easily admitted to one of many formal certificate programs in the Department of Global Health: http://sph.washington.edu/prospective/edprograms.asp?degree=cert. The GRE is not required for admission and Biostatistics and Epidemiology are not required for completion of the certificates. The Graduate School allows up to 6 credits to be shared between a degree program and a certificate program, but only if those 6 credits count as electives in both programs.

Further Information

School of Social Work

J’May Rivara, SW Faculty Adviser for Concurrent Degree Students, School of Social Work: 206-616-5792, jbr@u.washington.edu

Aliyah Vinikoor, Assistant Director of the MSW Program, School of Social Work, 206-543-3416, aliyah@uw.edu

Application questions:  Jennifer Maglalang, Director of Admissions, School of Social Work, Box 354900, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-4900, jennmag@uw.edu, 206-221-7428, http://depts.washington.edu/sswweb

School of Public Health

Dave Grembowski, SPH Faculty Adviser for Concurrent Degree Students, School of Public Health:

206-616-2921, grem@u.washington.edu

Health Services General and COPHP MPH

Lauren Bedson, Marketing and Student Recruitment Specialist, Dept of Health Services,
School of Public Health, Box 357660, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-7660, (206) 616-1397; hservask@uw.edu

http://depts.washington.edu/hserv

Global Health

Noura Youssoufa, Department of Global Health, School of Public Health, Box 357965, University of Washington, Seattle, WA  98195, 206-685-1292, ghprog@uw.eduhttp://depts.washington.edu/deptgh

While there is no formal agreement between the School of Social Work and School of Law, there are potential opportunities to pursue a concurrent MSW/JD at the University of Washington. Students interested in a concurrent MSW/JD should contact advisers from both programs. 

Further Information

School of Social Work

Aliyah Vinikoor, Assistant Director of the MSW Program, School of Social Work, 206-543-3416, aliyah@uw.edu

School of Law

Cristina E. Arteaga, Interim Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, UW School of Law, carteaga@uw.edu

The UW School of Social Work offers several courses that individuals can use towards their application for Associate Prevention Professional and Certified Prevention Professional credentials (CPP) – for the most up to date information visit the Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW) website.  While the School no longer has funds available to support a formal preparation program for this certification, coursework and relevant prevention-focused field experience can still be utilized in the application process and interested individuals may work on their portfolio before completing their MSW degree.

What do Prevention Professionals do?

Plan, develop, implement and assess prevention programs.

Examples include: Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Youth Violence Prevention, Gang Violence Prevention, Bullying Prevention Programs, HIV/AIDS prevention programs (safer sex campaigns), Suicide Prevention Programs, Gambling Prevention

Work on the Micro, Mezzo and Macro levels.

Work for any and all populations.

SocW courses that may count towards your prevention education (required for the application):

  • SOC W 516 Research Base for Prevention Science (3)
  • SOC W 517 Promoting Individual, Family, School, and Community Risk Prevention (3)
  • SOC W 518 Macro Practice in Health and Prevention (3)
  • SOC W 572 Understanding Addiction, Pharmacology of Drugs, and Treatment Methods (3)
  • SOC W 593 Social Work Practice with Chemically Dependent Adults: Understanding Assessment, Evaluation, and Counseling (3)

Several field sites may offer prevention-focused experience, sample of past sites:

  • School-based settings - School districts
  • UW Social Development Research Group—Communities in Action
  • Youth Eastside Services
  • Seattle Children's Hospital

Candidates apply for their certificate directly to the WA Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Application files can be opened prior to MSW graduation.

Students will need to present evidence of completion of MSW degree, and completion of the 30-hour course in school law. OSPI facilitates fingerprinting. The Praxis II exam is no longer offered or required.

Resources UW SSW and UW Tacoma will continue to offer (budget permitting):

  • School Social Work Course: UW Seattle and UW Tacoma offer the School Social Work course for current students and graduate non-matriculated students on a space-available basis. A different, and more abbreviated course is offered through the Puget Sound Educational Services District office in Renton and intended only for candidates that have completed their MSW degree. Both of thesecourses meet the requirements of WAC 181-79A-223.
  • Advising: Students interested in social work practice in a school setting can receive advising on School Social Work Certification from the Office of Field Education at UW SSW and the Practicum Coordinators at UW Tacoma. Additional advising is also available from the Washington Association of School Social Workers (WASSW) and OSPI. (Please see Contact page).
  • Field experience: UW SSW and UW Tacoma will continue to offer practicum/field experience to currently enrolled students provided the schools are able to meet the requirements of the Office of Field Education. For people who have already finished their MSW degree, the UW School of Social Work (Seattle and Tacoma) will not be able to coordinate a practicum/field experience for you. Please contact the WASSW for questions regarding practicum/field experience in school social work after having finished your MSW degree.