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MSW/MBA

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The Simmons MSW/MBA program is not currently accepting applications for enrollment. Please contact Graduate Admissionto discuss your program options. Learn more about our new online MBA and Health Care MBA programs.

Masters of Social Work/Masters of Business Administration Dual Degree Program Requirements & Specializations

The Urban Leadership Program (ULP) or Masters of Social Work/Masters of Business Administration (MSW/MBA) Dual Degree is a part-time, three year program. The stand alone degree requirements for ULP or MSW are 65 credits. The stand alone degree requirements for the MBA Program are 54 credits. The total number of credits if you did the degrees separately are 119 credits. All courses are 3 credits with the exception of School of Social Work (SSW) Field Education and (GSM) 403 Foundations.

All courses are 3 credits with the exception of SSW Field Education and GSM 403 Foundations.
  • 1st year, SSW 446 Field Experience is 4 credits in Fall semester and 5 credits in Spring semester. 2nd year, SSW 447 Field experience is 4 credits for Fall semester and 4 credits for Spring semester.
  • GSM 403 Foundations is a required MBA course and 0 credits.
Interchangeable courses (reduces total by 9 credits) (119‐ 9 credits =110 credits)
  • SSW 409 Racism and GSM 511 Culturally Intelligent Leadership as School of Business elective #1
  • SSW 451 Urban Leadership or SSW 523 Advocacy and Social Action and GSM 465
Leading Organizational Change
  • SW 509 Practice Evaluation and GSM 520 Strategic Performance Measures as School of Business Elective #2
Waived courses on each side (reduces total by 9 more credits) (110‐9 credits = 101 credits)
  • One SSW core will waive one GSM elective‐ Elective #3
  • One MBA core will waive one SSW elective
  • SSW 441 Research will waive a GSM elective‐Elective #4

Total credits required in the joint degree is 101 credits, a savings of 18 credits.

Application and Academic Policy Information

Students will apply to the joint degree through one application that will be reviewed by Admissions Officers in both the SSW and the School of Business. Students will take courses concurrently in both programs and joint degree is awarded at the end of the 101 credits. Students will have an advisor in both SSW and School of Business for academic advising issues throughout the program. Students will be required to complete all competency requirements in both programs such as excel, stats, math comp, IT literacy, oral presentation, etc.

Course Requirements

Year 1
Year 1 FallYear 1 SpringYear 1 SummerCredits
ULP/
MSW
SW 411 A: Human
Behavior I
SW 441 Research 6
SW 401 A: Social
Policy I
SW 577 GroupsSW 409: Racism OR GSM
511 Culturally Intelligent
Leadership
 9
 MBAGSM 403: Foundations 
of Business
GSM 411: Economic
Analysis for Managers
 3
GSM 420: Financial 
Reporting and 
Analysis
GSM 415: Quantitative
Analysis
GSM 470: Negotiation
and Conflict Management
Prereq: GSM 455
 9
GSM 455: Leading
Individuals and
Groups
GSM 427 Strategic
Thinking and Analytical
Decision Making
 Total in Year 133
Year 2
Year 2 FallYear 2 SpringYear 2 SummerCredits
ULP/
MSW
SW 414: Assessment
& Diagnosis
SW 451: Urban
Leadership I OR SW Social Action Course OR 
GSM 465 Leading Organizational Change 
Prereq: GSM 455 Leading
 SW Clinical Elective 6
SW 421 A: Social
Work Practice
SW 421 B: Social work
Practice
 9
SW 446: Field Education I 
24 hrs Conc with: SW‐421A
SW 446: Field Education I 
Prereq: SW‐421A; conc with SW421B
 MBAGSM 425: Marketing
Management
Prereq: GSM‐415
GSM‐411 GSM‐420
GSM 412: Business,
Government & Global
Economy
Prereq: GSM 411
 3
GSM 421:
Managerial Accounting 
Prereq: GSM 420
GSM 435: Finance
Prereq: GSM‐411 GSM‐
415 GSM‐420
 9
 Total in Year 2 36

Year 3
Year 3 FallYear 3 SpringYear 3 SummerCredits
ULP/
MSW
SW 424A: Advanced
Practice Conc with SW447
SW 452: Urban
Leadership II Prereq: SW 451, 
concurrent with 447, OR SW elective
 6
SW 509: Practice
Evaluation Prereq: 441 & Concurrent 447 
OR One of these MBA courses
GSM 520 Strategic Performance Measures
6
SW 447: Field Education II
Prereq: SW‐446 or SW‐ADVST; 
conc with SW424A
SW 447: Field Education II
Prereq: SW‐446 or SW‐ ADVST; 
conc with SW424B
 MBAGSM 430:
Technology and Operations Management
GSM 440: Strategic
Management Capstone 
Prereq: GSM‐411 GSM‐
415 GSM‐420 GSM‐421
GSM‐425 GSM‐430 GSM‐
435 GSM‐455 GSM‐465
GSM‐470
8
GSM 465: Leading
Organizational
Change
Prereq: GSM 455 OR
Urban Leadership 1
GSM 442: Financial
Capstone
Prereq: GSM‐411 GSM‐
415 GSM‐420 GSM‐421
GSM‐425 GSM‐430 GSM‐
435 GSM‐455 GSM‐465
 6
 Total in Year 3 33