MSW MBA Dual Degree

KSU is committed to developing innovative programs that are responsive to the rapidly changing economic, social and political climate and to the interdependence of sectors (public, private and nonprofit). Therefore, KSU is offering the first dual degree MSW/MBA program in the state of Georgia. “In recent decades, social work practitioners have increasingly been called upon to think entrepreneurially to seek private funding and to collaborate with nongovernmental organizations to provide social services and goods” (c.f. Lee, 2016, p. 209). Similarly, companies have become more socially responsible because of consumer demand, employee morale, potential to develop new markets, and a desire to create sustainable business practices that focus on a triple-bottom line (preserve the wellbeing of people and planet while making a profit).

Program Objective

The Master of Social Work and Master of Business Administration (MSW/MBA) Program is a dual degree offered by the WellStar College of Health and Human Service and the Coles College of Business Administration to meet this need. The objective of the dual degree program is to create future leaders and change agents who create “social value” by focusing on the triple-bottom line and initiate purposeful “social change.” The competencies acquired through the dual degrees will be sought after by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) units in companies, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), and large managed care organizations (behavioral and physical health) to name a few. Additionally, graduates can also launch their own social entrepreneurial ventures, social enterprises, and private practices. Hence, graduates can be employed by organizations in all three sectors (private, nonprofit and public).


Our clinical Social Work education (MSW) enables the graduates to make informed evidence-based decisions regarding best practices in responding compassionately and ethically to diverse human needs through psychotherapy, family counseling, and case management, for instance. The Business Administration degree (MBA) includes the traditional education in accounting and finance, management principles, information systems, distribution logistics, and marketing. In addition, the MBA degree is responsive to the changing and dynamic local, regional and national employment trends and business needs in corporate America. Ultimately, the graduate is prepared to effectively implement the mission of the social work profession of advancing human rights and promoting social, economic and environmental justice.

Courses Required

Social Work — 54 Credit Hours

  • SW 7700 – SW Foundations: Diversity, Social Justice, and Ethics
  • SW 7701 – Social Work Practice I
  • *SW 7702 – Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • SW 7703 – Social Work Practice II
  • SW 7704 – Human Behavior in a Social Environment I
  • SW 7705 – Human Behavior in a Social Environment II
  • *SW 7706 – Introduction to Social Work Research
  • SW 7707 – Practice Focused Research Methods
  • SW 7708 – Foundation Internship/Integrative Seminar I
  • SW 7709 – Foundation Internship/Integrative Seminar II
  • SW 8702 – Advanced Clinical Practice I: Working With Individuals
  • SW 8710 – Psychopathology
  • SW 8711 – Advanced Clinical Practice II: Working With Groups
  • SW 8712 – Advanced Internship III/Integrative Seminar III
  • SW 8713 – Advanced Internship/Integrative Seminar IV
  • SW 8820 – Social Work Forensics
  • Clinical Concentration Class
  • Clinical Concentration Class

*These courses "count" toward both MSW and MBA degrees

Business Administration — 30 Credit Hours

  • ACCT 8000 – Accounting Insights for Managers
  • ECON 8010 – Resource Allocation and Decision Analysis
  • FIN 8020 – Business Finance
  • IS 8090 – Leveraging Information Systems in Business
  • MGT 8040 – Managing the Value Chain
  • *MGT 8050 – Managing and Leading Work Behavior
  • MGT 8999 – Strategic Management: An Integrative, Capstone Experience
  • MKTG 8030 – Strategic Marketing
  • *MBA Study Abroad
  • One MBA elective course

*These courses "count" toward both MSW and MBA degrees

Students take a total of 54 + 30 = 84 credit hours

to complete the dual degree.


To be admitted into the dual degree program, the applicant must specify the option at the time of the application to the Graduate College. Students interested in applying for the dual degree option MSW/MBA Program should consult with the MSW and the MBA Program Directors with regard to admission requirements and course sequence.

Please refer to Graduate Admissions for Application

International Applicants: Refer to KSU Policies for Additional Application Requirements

Details about GRE and GMAT Conversion

For enrollment into the MSW program, an applicant must have a minimum verbal and quantitative GRE score of 285. For enrollment into the MBA program, an applicant must have a minimum GMAT score of 530. An applicant that is seeking enrollment in a joint MSW/MBA program must have verbal and quantitative GRE scores that are equivalent to a 530 GMAT score.

This program only reviews applications for Summer semesters.


1. Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.

2. Bachelor’s Degree (The baccalaureate degree should be from an institution accredited in a manner accepted by Kennesaw State University). The bachelor’s degree should reflect a broad liberal arts base in the social, behavioral or psychological sciences, human biology, the humanities or statistics.

3. Applicants to the dual degree program (MSW/MBA) can submit either a GRE or a GMAT score. Please refer to the program website for details.

4. A professional resume.

5. Three letters of recommendation: At least one (1) from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic work (Note: if you are unable to locate an academic reference, you may add a professional reference); Two (2)from a former employer, field supervisor or someone else with expertise in social work.

6. A personal statement for MBA application describing your career aspirations.

7. An autobiographical statement for the MSW application, maximum 1500 words, double-spaced, that includes the following: Your experience in social work, including volunteer experience, the life experiences impacted your interest in social work, your personal qualities that will be useful in serving others as a social work professional, your values that will be useful in serving others as a social worker, your career goals and how social work education will help you realize these goals.

8. A GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale over the last 60 hours of undergraduate study, as indicated on official college or university transcript received directly from the degree-granting institution. Coursework from all two and four-year institutions should be submitted directly by the institutions.

Program taught in:
  • English

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