Dual Degree Program: MSW/ MHSA; Physician Assistant/MHSA
The dual degree program is designed for those who wish to combine the development of administrative and managerial expertise in defined service areas with the knowledge, skills, and values of the social work profession. The joint focus prepares students for a range of professional options and opportunities. Participation in dual degree program permits the student to earn M.S.W. degree or Physician Assistant degree with the MHSA in a manner that expedites the time required, by crediting work earned for one degree to the requirements of the other.
After completion of class course work, a candidate must take the Professional Development Seminar. Any candidate who cannot demonstrate a clear record of administrative responsibility must pursue a three-credit-hour field internship in addition to, and in conjunction with, the Practitioner's Seminar. Internships in public, human, and health service agencies each consist of twelve weeks of full-time employment or their equivalency, on an extended, part-time basis.
The Practitioner's Seminar/Internship is an exceptional feature of the program, providing each student with an opportunity to apply concepts from course work.
The Professional Contribution is a closure requirement which provides the student with an opportunity to work with faculty on a research project. The Professional Contribution applies theoretical knowledge to a practical situation.