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Dual Degree Opportunities : Social Work

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the School of Social Work offer a dual degree program enabling a small number of qualified persons to pursue concurrent work in business administration and social work leading to the MBA and MSW degrees. 

The program is arranged so that all requirements for both degrees are completed in two and one-half years of enrollment. The degrees are awarded simultaneously.

This combined degree program is not open to students who have already earned either the MBA or MSW degrees. Students registered in the first year of either program may apply.

Students admitted to this dual degree program must satisfy the following requirements:

1) The MBA 57 credit hour degree program including:

  • 45 Business Administration Credits, made up of:
    • Roughly 30 credit hour MBA core (no credit is awarded for Business Administration core courses successfully waived: credit must be earned with Business electives);
    • Roughly 15 elective hours in Business Administration;
    • MBA Communication Requirement.

2) The MSW 60 credit hour degree program including:

  • 42 credit hours of required course work, of which 15 are Field Instruction;
  • 2 elective hours in Social Work;
  • 16 hours of transferable credit hours from the School of Business Administration.

The total credit hours for the dual degree must be at least 89.

Dual degree students are required to take the complete sequence of first-year courses in one school during year one of the program, and the complete sequence of first year courses in the other school during year two of the program. The final requirements for each school will be completed in year three.

The 89 graduate hours of the dual program comprise two and one-half academic years consisting of the six 14-16 hour semesters, including Spring/Summer term. The Spring/Summer term must follow the first year in the School of Social Work. In the preferred sequence, students will take the MBA core courses in the second year and the final business electives in the Fall term of year three. No course work completed prior to admission in either of the two halves of the programs may be counted toward the MBA requirements of the dual program.

Applicants interested in the MBA/MSW combined program must file separate applications to each school and be admitted by both schools. Applicants must indicate on both applications that they are applying for this specific dual degree program.

For basic information on the MSW/MBA program, please visit the School of Social Work web site at:

Year 1
Fall Term Courses Credits
Social Work Methods 521& 560 6
Social Work HBSE 500 & 502 6
Social Work SWPS 530 3



Non CSS majors

CSS majors

Winter Term Courses Credits Credits
Social Work Practice Area Methods   3
Social Work Practice Area SWPS 3 3
Social Work Practice Area HBSE 3  
Social Work Field Instruction 5 5
Social Work Research 522 3 3
Social Work Elective 1 1
Total 15 15

Non CSS majors

CSS majors

Spring/Summer Courses Credits Credits
Social Work Practice Area Methods 3  
Social Work Practice Area HBSE   3
Social Work Field Instruction 10 10
Elective 1 1
Total 14 14
Year 2
Fall Term Courses Credits
Accounting 502 2.25
Marketing 503 2.25
Business Economics 502 2.25
Strategy  502 2.25
OMS 502 2.25
Finance 503 or 513 2.25
MO 503 2.25
Total 15.75
Winter Term Courses Credits
Accounting 552 2.25
Operations Management 552 2.25
MAP – BA 553 7.5
Business Elective 2.25


Year 3
Fall Term Courses Credits
Business Law/Ethics 1.5
Business Electives 12
Strategy 503 1.5


Note: At least three terms of full-time enrollment must be completed in Business Administration. Full-time enrollment is defined as 9 credit hours or more of coursework per term.

Sample Note: Credit per term will vary. Your credits per term may differ from sample.