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Joint Degree Programs

The IU School of Social Work offers two joint degrees: MSW/JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence) and MSW/MPH (Master of Public Health). Please note that an applicant interested in either joint degree program must follow all of the admissions requirements, application guidelines and time frames for acceptance into each program. If an applicant is accepted into both programs, there will be a meeting of advisors from each program with the student to plan the course of study. The Social Work advisor for both joint degree programs is Sherry Gass, who may be contacted at (317) 274-6727 or stgass@iupui.edu .

MSW/JD (Master of Social Work/ Doctor of Jurisprudence)

Advocacy is central to the mission of both the law and social work professions. Education in both disciplines provides professionals with unique knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of serving vulnerable populations and combating injustice. The required law school curriculum for this joint degree program includes the law school's first and second-year required courses and the course in professional responsibility. Candidates spend their second year of the program primarily in the School of Social Work working on the required core curriculum for the MSW degree. Students are required to complete a concentration in the School of Social Work in the second through fourth years of the program, which includes a social work practicum/internship. Candidates are also required to write a research paper on a topic that addresses the fields of law and social work and that is designed to meet the advanced writing requirements of the law school.

Requirements: 82 credit hours of law courses; 51 credit hours of social work courses; social work practicum/internship; research paper.

For additional information, contact:

Amy L. Elson, J.D.

Assistant Director, Hall Center for Law & Health

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, Room 333
530 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225

E-Mail: aelson@iu.edu   

Phone: 317-274-1951

For application materials contact:
Admissions Office, Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis
530 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225

Phone: (317) 274-2459

Email: lawadmit@iupui.edu  

Web site: http://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/degrees/joint-degrees/index.html

MSW/MPH (Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health)

The MSW/MPH allows a student to have a concentration in either Health Policy and Management (85 total credit hours) or Behavioral Health (82 total credit hours). The joint degree allows a student to complete both the MSW and MPH in 4 or 5 years.

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