Concurrent Degree in Public Policy (MSW/MPP)

Berkeley Social Welfare and the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) offer a three-year Concurrent Degree in Social Welfare and Public Policy (MSW/MPP) that provides an integrated curriculum of greater breadth between the two disciplines. The MSW/MPP Concurrent Degree blends the substantive focus and professional social work training of the Masters in Social Welfare (MSW) with the rigorous methodological tools and policy breadth of the Masters in Public Policy (MPP). The program is intended to prepare students for superior and versatile career opportunities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, both nationally and internationally.

Adequate solutions to the challenges posed by immigration, widening income inequality, rising rates of chronic illness and the aging of the population all require a combination of sophisticated social work, policy analysis and political leadership. Leaders who will guide societies - the United States and elsewhere - to effective solutions for today’s serious social problems will require a range of skills, many of which can be found in a blending of the Social Welfare and Public Policy core competencies. This concurrent degree program is designed to meet the pressing need for creative and skilled leaders in the human services field to tackle large and seemingly intractable social problems in the United States and globally.

Admission to the MSW/MPP Concurrent Degree Program

All candidates seeking admission to the MSW/MPP ConcurrentDegree 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:

Applications to the MSW/MPP Degree ConcurrentProgram 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 ConcurrentDegree 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:

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:

Program Contacts

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MSW/MPP Faculty Adviser
Professor Jennifer L. Skeem

Graduate Admissions Adviser

Graduate Student Adviser

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MSW/MPP Faculty Adviser
Professor Jane Mauldon

Graduate Admissions and Student Services Adviser
Lezley Hightower