Joint MSW / PhD Program

Joint MSW/PhD Program

The joint MSW/PhD program is intended for those students interested in PhD study who have a Masters in a related field but who have not earned an MSW degree. The program would allow completion of both degrees in a slightly expedited time frame than currently is required to earn each degree separately. This would be accomplished by allowing joint program students to take up to three courses (12 hours) currently countable toward a PhD degree in meeting their MSW requirements, which would correspondingly reduce the number of courses needed for subsequent PhD completion.

(See outline for additional information on how this course structuring would occur, including a comparison between current course requirements for both degrees and the course requirements under the joint degree program).

New PhD students would be accepted into the joint degree program at the time of entrance into the School. Only those students planning on completing both the MSW and PhD will be admitted into the program. Both degrees (MSW, PhD) will be awarded upon completion of the joint program.

 Degree Requirements

How to Apply to This Program

To apply to the joint MSW/PhD program, please use the Graduate College Application.

Students applying to this program would also need to complete an additional statement indicating why they are interested in applying to the Joint MSW/PhD program.  This additional statement would need to be uploaded to the Graduate College Application in the “additional program questions” area, even though the Graduate College application indicates that they only require copies of transcripts to be uploaded to their application.

In order for your application to be complete you will need to have all official transcripts mailed to:

School of Social Work
1010 W. Nevada
Urbana, IL 61801

If you have any questions regarding this application process please feel free to contact Cheryl Street, Admissions & Records Supervisor at the School of Social Work.

Please review the Social Work calendar for deadline information.