Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration Concurrent Degrees

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences & Business and Public Administration

Program Codes: PASW & SWPA

School of Social Work, Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 423 (909) 537-5501
Department of Public Administration, Jack Brown Hall, Room 456 (909) 537-5758

The Department of Public Administration and the School of Social Work offer a graduate program leading to a Master of Social Work/Master of Public Administration Concurrent Degrees. The degrees are intended for those with an interest in and promise for a career in social services that will lead to top administrative roles. Degree holders will have skills and knowledge to facilitate well-being and change at all system levels. The faculty of the MSW and MPA program have agreed to a plan of study that would lead to obtaining concurrent MSW/MPA degrees ideal for the educational preparation needed for leadership roles in the social services community.  

Prospective concurrent degrees students must be accepted under the admission procedures of each program. The MSW program requires a separate application available through the School of Social Work which will include the additional statement instructions and the Plan of Study form for the concurrent MSW/MPA degrees.

No degree will be conferred until the requirements of the both degrees are fulfilled.  

Admission to the Program

To be considered for the concurrent MSW/MPA degrees, prospective students must select the concurrent MSW/MPA degrees in CSU Mentor and be accepted to both the MSW and MPA programs. Prospective students must submit a copy an additional application statement with their MSW applications. The application is an additional two-page statement that responds to the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to pursue the concurrent degrees? Please include your career goals in this section.
  2. What evidence can you offer that you have the potential for an administrative leadership role in a social service or other public agency?
  3. What evidence can you offer that you have the potential for leadership that is consistent with the ethics and values of both the social work and public administration professions?
  4. What is your understanding of the plan of study and how do you plan to complete all of the required courses?

Advancement to Candidacy

To be advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

  1. Achieved classified status;
  2. Satisfied the general university requirements for advancement to candidacy;
  3. Selected a thesis committee and gained approval of the thesis topic by the thesis committee if a thesis is chosen;
  4. Completed with a grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) at least 36 quarter units of course work;
  5. Demonstrated academic and professional competence in field and classroom;
  6. Approval of candidacy from Public Administration department and School of Social Work advisors.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 110 quarter units;
  2. Fulfilment of all degree requirements;
  3. A grade point average of at least 3.0 (“B”) in both the MSW and the MPA courses; Completion of culminating research project or thesis (SW 625B completed);
  4. Pass the MPA Comprehensive Exam.

Concurrent Degrees Requirements (110 units)

PA 611Public Administration Theory and Practice4
PA 615Public Financial Management4
PA 650Public Management Information Systems4
PA 662Human Resource Management in the Public Sector4
PA 663Public Budgeting and Finance4
PA 664Management of Public Organizations4
PA 672Administrative Regulation4
PA 999Comprehensive Examination0
SW 602AFoundation Micro Practice I4
SW 602BFoundation Micro Practice II4
SW 602CFoundation Micro Practice III2
SW 606AFoundation Macro Practice I4
SW 606BFoundation Macro Practice II4
SW 606CFoundation Macro Practice III2
SW 604AHuman Behavior in the Social Environment I4
SW 604BHuman Behavior in the Social Environment II4
SW 612Social Work Research I4
SW 613Social Work Research II4
SW 608AField Work4
SW 608BField Work4
SW 608CField Work4
SW 645Social Work Advanced Micro Practice I4
SW 646Social Work Advanced Micro Practice II4
SW 647Social Work Advanced Micro Practice III2
SW 656Social Work Advanced Macro Practice II4
SW 657Social Work Advanced Macro Practice III2
SW 625AResearch Project I2
SW 625BResearch Project II2
SW 608DField Work4
SW 608EField Work4
SW 608FField Work4
SW 660Advanced Practice Integrative Seminar2
Total Units110