Master of Social Work/Master of Public Administration Dual Degree Program

Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Social Work (MSW) Dual Degree Program

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Blended
  • 57 - 81
  • $375.00
  • $617.00

Why Pursue This Program

The blended Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Social Work (MSW) Dual Degree Program is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge in both fields of study.

Students choose the MSW/MPA Dual Degree Program to:

  • Diversify their academic and professional skillset.
  • Plan and implement innovative, efficient and effective strategies affecting constituencies ranging from the most vulnerable to the most affluent populations.
  • Expand their knowledge of cultural and ethnic diversity.

There are two options for students entering the dual degree program, a 57 credit program and an 81 credit program. The 57 credit program is for students who have completed an accredited BSW degree. The 81 credit program is for all other students; it includes foundation course work in social work. 

Students who decide after admission to either the Master of Public Administration or Master of Social Work Program that they want to pursue the dual degree program will need to submit a new application, application fee, and additional application materials to the appropriate department/school for review.

Note: Students who have already graduated with an MPA or MSW degree are ineligible for a dual degree

Career Outlook: In today’s working world, an advanced degree is essential. An MPA/MSW Dual Degree prepares individuals to work in a variety of positions in the public sector. Furthermore, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for social workers is growing at a rate of 11%, much faster than the national average.

This program is ideal for professionals looking to work in areas such as:

  • Public service
  • Health care management
  • Clinical social worker
  • Social policy analyst
  • Federal, state and local government

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.