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Degrees & Programs


Combined MSW/PhD Program

MSW/PhD:  One Admission – Two Degrees

The option of pursuing the MSW/PhD program provides students an opportunity to pursue both the MSW and PhD degrees via one admissions process. With the MSW’s focus on social work practice and the PhD’s focus on social work research, pursuing both degrees gives students a more integrated and insightful approach to intervention and implementation science research.

Exceptional BSW or BSSW degree holders and those with a master’s degree in a social science or social work related field can begin their doctoral studies while completing the MSW. MSW/PhD students engage with  research earlier and have more time to build connections with faculty research mentors.


Program Fit and Admission Eligibility

Successful applicants typically have some or all of these characteristics:  1) have taken faculty taught courses; 2) have completed a thesis or have research writing experience; 3) have taken research courses; and 4) have research experience.

Students with a master’s degree in a related field and exceptional students with a bachelor’s degree in social work are eligible to apply.

Successful applicants among those whose highest degree is the bachelor’s typically meet the following criteria:  1) .3.5 undergraduate GPA; and 2) a B- or better in a research and in a statistics class. Application information and instructions can be found on the “How to Apply” page.

Time to Degree

The time it takes for students to earn both degrees may vary depending on whether a student is eligible for the ASAP option and the individual student’s candidacy and dissertation process.

  • MSW: 1 year ASAP; 2 years Traditional
  • PhD Coursework: 2 years
  • Candidacy Exam and Preparation: 6 months to 1 year
  • Dissertation: 1 to 2 years
    • Total: 4.5 to 7 years, but most typically 5 to 6 years

College of Social Work Funding

MSW/PhD students are elibigle for a 25% or Graduate Research Associate position. These positions cover 50% of tuition costs and provide a stipend for 10 hours of work per week for nine months.

For further information, please contact:
For general questions about the MSW, please contact the MSW Office at

For questions about the PhD Curriculum, please contact
Dr. Mo Yee Lee, PhD Program Director 614-292-9910 

For questions about the MSW/PhD application or general questions about the PhD Program, please contact:
Jennifer Nakayama, PhD Program Office Coordinator 614-292-6188