Dual Degree Programs

Several collaborative degree programs are available that enrich the options and opportunities available to our students. Dual degree programs allow students to earn two degrees in less time than it would take to complete them sequentially. Students interested in this option must be admitted separately to each of the programs and admission to one has no official bearing on admission to the other. Since admission to two programs is required, interested persons are encouraged to begin their application process early. In addition, it is recommended that students plan to complete the dual degree options as a full-time student.

Options for dual degrees include:

M.S.W./Ph.D

Applicants without a master’s degree in social work, or with a master’s degree in another field, may pursue a program of study that leads to both the M.S.W. and the Ph.D. degrees. Students are prepared to teach, participate in research, and hold high level positions in administration upon graduation from the dual program. Applicants must submit separate applications and fees to both programs.

Upon acceptance, it will take approximately 3 1⁄2 years to complete the dual MSW/PhD coursework with an additional 6 months to two (2) years allotted for completion of the doctoral dissertation. The general GRE exam is the accepted graduate school entrance exam for both programs and applicants will need to plan ahead to ensure their scores are submitted before application deadlines. It is preferred that the student spend their first year focused on MSW coursework, with the last two 1⁄2 years being spent in both programs.

Learn more about the Doctoral Program


M.S.W./M.B.A.

University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work and the C.T. Bauer College of Business offer a concurrent degree program that enables students to prepare for a career in which knowledge and skills in both social work and business administration are critical. Examples include nonprofit management, organizational development, and employee assistance programs.

Upon acceptance, enrollment in both the MSW program at the Graduate College of Social Work and the MBA program at the C.T. Bauer College of Business should occur within a period of one calendar year. The general GRE exam is the accepted graduate school entrance exam for both programs and applicants will need to plan ahead to ensure their scores are submitted before application deadlines. It will take approximately three years of full-time study to complete the coursework for both degrees. It is preferred that the student spend their first year focused on MSW coursework, with the last two years being spent in both programs.

Learn more about the MBA Program


M.S.W/M.P.H.

The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and the University of Texas School of Public Health offer a concurrent degree program that enables students to prepare for careers in which knowledge and skills in both social work and public health are critical. Examples include policy analysis, hospital administration and research.

Upon acceptance, enrollment in both the MSW program at the Graduate College of Social Work and the MPH program at the UT School of Public Health should occur within a period of one calendar year. The general GRE exam is the accepted graduate school entrance exam for both programs and applicants will need to plan ahead to ensure their scores are submitted before application deadlines. It will take approximately three years of full-time study to complete the coursework for both degrees.

Learn more about the MPH Program


M.S.W./J.D.

The Graduate College of Social Work and the Law Center at the University of Houston offer a concurrent degree program that prepares students for professional practice in arenas where law and social work intersect and complement each other. Examples include public services, health and mental health care systems, services to children and families, and the political arena. This program enables students to finish both degrees in a shorter time than if they were pursued separately.

Applicants must be admitted separately to each of the degree programs and admission to one has no official bearing on admission to the other. Applicants need to plan ahead so that their LSAT and GRE scores are submitted to meet application deadlines.

Learn more about the JD Program