Survey shows trend in schools offering dual or joint MSW degree

Jun 13, 2012

NASW News blog exclusive: An article published in the June 2012 issue of the NASW News discusses nontraditional career path programs at schools of social work in the U.S., including dual degree programs. Below are some additional statistics related to that article.

According to a 2011 annual survey conducted by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), about 39 percent of the schools of social work across the U.S. reported that they offer students the option of pursuing a dual or joint MSW degree. Of the 39 percent, the survey lists that 23 percent of the schools feature law as the most widely offered dual degree with social work, and public health as the second most offered option at 18.3 percent. Other MSW dual degree programs listed in the survey include theology/divinity (12 percent); public administration/public policy (11.5 percent); a doctorate in social work (10 percent); business administration (8.5 percent); education (2.5 percent); and urban planning (2.5 percent).

For more information on individual schools of social work that offer dual degrees, visit CSWE’s accredited programs link at The schools are listed alphabetically and can be sorted by selecting particular criteria options within the drop-down box.

By Rena Malai, NASW News Staff