This program is designed for mid-career public sector professionals and pre-service students interested in preparing themselves for careers in the public sector at the national, state and local levels and in the nonprofit sector. The program can also further career aspirations of students seeking career opportunities in for profit organizations that have extensive ties with government.
The program's primary objective is to provide its graduates with proficiency in management principles and techniques, research and evaluation skills, and the identification and analysis of individual and institutional values as they relate to social, economic and political behavior. In addition, the program seeks to instill in students the importance of ethics in public service and an emphasis on the Jesuit value of social justice.
The Department of Public Policy Studies and the School of Social Work bring together their exceptional faculty and community networks to offer students unique educational, research, and professional development opportunities.
Applicants to the MPA/MSW program may be eligible for financial aid awards through the both the Department of Public Policy Studies and the School of Social Work. Opportunities may include tuition remission grants and scholarships; fellowships and graduate assistantships; practicum stipends and through the School of Social Work’s Center for Social Justice Education and Research, practicum and research stipends. Those interested in pursuing financial aid opportunities should apply to the Department of Public Policy Studies and complete the School of Social Work’s Scholarship Application.
The Dual MSW/MPA degree consists of 72 hours.