Admission to the MSW/MPP Concurrent Degree Program
All candidates seeking admission to the MSW/MPP Concurrent Degree Program apply by submitting a single MSW/MPP Concurrent Degree program application through the online UC Berkeley Graduate and Professional Application for Admission.
- Prospective students interested in the MSW/MPP Concurrent Degree Program must apply directly to the “Social Welfare & Public Policy MSW/MPP” Concurrent Degree Program at the time of application for admission to graduate study at Berkeley.
- Current Berkeley MSW or MPP students seeking to be admitted into the MSW/MPP Concurrent Degree Program may apply during their first fall semester of graduate study by submitting a single “Social Welfare & Public Policy MSW/MPP” Concurrent Degree Program application through the online UC Berkeley Graduate and Professional Application for Admission
All concurrent degree applicants must submit a Statement of Purpose for both programs. For more information and specific instructions, please see:
- Berkeley Social Welfare MSW Admissions
- Goldman School of Public Policy Applying for Concurrent Degree Programs.
Applications to the MSW/MPP Degree Concurrent Program are reviewed and evaluated by faculty admissions committees from both Berkeley Social Welfare and the Goldman School of Public Policy, applying the same admissions requirements for concurrent degree students as for all other applicants. To be accepted into the Concurrent Degree Program, applicants must be recommended for admission by both schools.
Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid
Students in the MSW/MPP Concurrent Degree Program are assessed UC Berkeley Graduate Professional Fees, which include Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST). Concurrent degree program students are assessed the higher of the PDST in effect for each program. For current rates please visit the Registrar’s Current Fee Schedule.
For information about financial aid opportunities in both schools, please see:
- Berkley Social Welfare: Financing Your Graduate Degree
- Goldman School of Public Policy: Tuition and Financial Aid.
Curriculum and Degree Requirements
Concurrent MSW/MPP students must complete a minimum total of 88 units in order to earn both degrees. Concurrent Degree students complete the rigorous course of study in three years (six semesters), plus one intervening summer, instead of the four years (eight semesters) it would typically take to earn the two degrees separately.
The MSW/MPP Concurrent Degree Program is a full-time program, and students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units each academic semester. Upon successful completion of requirements for both degrees, Concurrent Degree students are awarded the MPP and the MSW.
MSW students in the MSW/MPP Concurrent Degree Program pursue courses and field education in the MSW specialization area of Strengthening Organizations and Communities. Students work closely with faculty and field consultant advisers from both schools to jointly plan a social work field placement that also satisfies the public policy internship requirement; and to develop a capstone Advanced Policy Analysis project reflecting each student's professional and intellectual interests.
For current course descriptions, class schedules, and more details on degree requirements for the MSW and the MPP, please see: