Berkeley Social Welfare offers several special options within the MSW Program for enhanced and expanded learning:
Berkeley Social Welfare and the School of Public Health offer a Concurrent Degree program option for interdisciplinary preparation in the fields of social welfare and public health, leading to the Master of Social Welfare (MSW) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees.
Berkeley Social Welfare and the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) offer a Concurrent Degree program option that 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 UC Berkeley Graduate Certificate in Aging focuses on ameliorating the physical, psychosocial, familial, cultural, ethnic, racial, organizational, and societal factors which serve as barriers to physical and emotional well-being in later life. The goals of the Certificate are to (1) provide up-to-date knowledge about biological, physical, and psychosocial changes in later life; (2) to familiarize students with a range of interventions to address the issues that older adults and their families encounter as a result of these changes; (3) to provide an opportunity to develop specialized social work practice skills in working with older adults and their families.
Berkeley Social Welfare offers a curriculum in school social work practice, leading to eligibility for a recommendation for the Pupil Personnel Services Credentials (PPSC) issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The PPS credential is usually a requirement for employment as a school social worker in California K-12 public schools. Berkeley Social Welfare’s fully accredited School Social Work Program educates master’s-level social workers to assist public schools in achieving their educational and developmental missions. Current MSW students are eligible to apply for and complete the PPSC Program requirements as part of their MSW degree studies at Berkeley. A Post-Master's PPSC Program option is available for social work professionals who already hold the Master’s in Social Work (MSW) degree from a graduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
The Social Work with Latinos Certificate (SWLC) Program offers a learning environment and professional network to enhance the skills of social work graduate students in culturally competent practices that improve the lives of Latino individuals, families, and communities.