MSW/MPP Degree Requirements

Total Units

MSW/MPP Concurrent Degree students must complete a minimum total of 88 units in Social Welfare and Public Policy in order to earn both degrees.

Required Coursework

The MSW/MPP Concurrent Degree Program stresses analytic, methodological, theoretical, and practical approaches to problems in social service provision and administration, and in public policy more broadly. The course requirements provide for a substantive introduction to the disciplinary approaches that are employed.

For current course descriptions and class schedules, please visit the Berkeley Academic Guide.

Social Welfare Generalist Practice

All MSW students must successfully complete a foundational generalist practice curriculum, consisting of four required courses:

  • SOC WEL 200: Theories for Multilevel Practice (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 220: Introduction to Social Welfare Policy (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 240: Historical, Philosophical, and Intellectual Foundations of Social Work (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 241: Foundations of Multilevel Practice (3 units)

All Generalist Practice requirements must be successfully completed in order to progress to the Specialized Practice curriculum.

Diversity-Competent Social Work Practice

  • SOC WEL 275: Diversity-Sensitive and Competent Social Work - or approved alternate course (at least 2 units)

All MSW students must complete an approved course in diversity-competent practice, valued at 2 units or higher. For a list of approved courses that satisfy this requirement, please see the MSW Diversity Courses and Elective Courses Lists.

Public Policy Required Core Curriculum

  • PUB POL 210A + PUB POL 210B: The Economics of Public Policy Analysis (4 units each)
  • PUB POL 220: Law and Public Policy (4 units)
  • PUB POL 240A + PUB POL 240B: Decision Analysis, Modeling and Quantitative Methods (4 units each)
  • PUB POL 250: The Politics of Public Policy (4 units)
  • PUB POL 273: Public Management & Policy Implementation (4 units)
  • PUB POL 200A + PUB POL 200B: Foundations for Policy Analysis (3 units each)

Specialized Practice

MSW students in the MSW/MPP Concurrent Degree Program pursue courses and field education in the MSW specialization area of Strengthening Organizations and Communities (SOC). Expand the "Sample Plan of Study" tab below to see a typical program schedule and sequence. Since degree requirements for both programs are subject to change, concurrent degree students should check in regularly with advisers in both Schools for guidance ahead of each enrollment period.

Sample Plan of Study: MSW/MPP Concurrent Degree

First Semester - Fall

  • PUB POL 210A: The Economics of Public Policy Analysis (4 units)
  • PUB POL 250: The Politics of Public Policy (4 units)
  • PUB POL 240A: Decision Analysis, Modeling and Quantitative Methods (4 units)
  • PUB POL 200A: Foundations of Policy Analysis (3 units)

Second Semester - Spring

  • PUB POL 210B: The Economics of Public Policy Analysis (4 units)
  • PUB POL 240B: Decision Analysis, Modeling and Quantitative Methods (4 units)
  • Elective (4 units)
  • PUB POL 200B: Foundations of Policy Analysis (3 units)

Third Semester - Fall

  • SOC WEL 210i: Group, Organizational & Community Dynamics (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 200: Theories for Multilevel Practice (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 220: Introduction to Social Policy (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 240: Historical, Philosophical, and Intellectual Foundations of Social Work (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 241: Foundations of Multilevel Practice (3 units)
  • SOC WEL 290A: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 410A: Foundation Field Practicum (4 units)

Fourth Semester - Spring

  • Choose ONE of the following courses:
    1. SOC WEL 230: Social Policy: Children and Families (2 units)
    2. SOC WEL 238C: Health Policy: A Social Welfare Perspective (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 251: Program Development (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 275:  Diversity-Sensitive and Competent Social Work - or approved alternate course (at least 2 units)
  • SOC WEL 290B: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 410B: Foundation Field Practicum (4 units)
  • Elective course (2 units)

Fifth Semester - Fall

  • PUB POL Core Elective (4 units)
  • SOC WEL 252: Program Implementation (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 292A: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 412A: Advanced Field Practicum (6 units)

Sixth Semester - Spring

  • PUB POL 205: Advanced Policy Analysis - Thesis Seminar (6 units)
  • PUB POL 299: Advanced Policy Analysis - Thesis Independent Study (3 units)
  • SOCWEL 296: Independent Study (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 292B: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 412B: Advanced Field Practicum (6 units)

Capstone Requirement

  • PUB POL 205: Advanced Policy Analysis - Thesis Seminar (6 units)
  • PUB POL 299: Advanced Policy Analysis - Thesis Independent Study (3 units)

Students in the MSW/MPP Concurrent Degree program must complete a combined Master’s Project that follows the format of the MPP’s Advanced Policy Analysis (APA) Project. A faculty advisor from each School must endorse the project topic and will evaluate the final project according to the academic standards etsablished by the faculty for both programs. Students work closely with faculty advisers from both schools to jointly develop a capstone APA project reflecting each student's professional and intellectual interests. For more information please visit GSPP's MPP Core Curriculum.

Field Education Requirements

  • 25 units of MSW Field Education:
    • SOC WEL 290A + SOC WEL 290B: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (3 units total)
    • SOC WEL 410A + SOC WEL 410B: Foundation Field Practicum (8 units total)
    • SOC WEL 292A + SOC WEL 292B: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (2 units total)
    • SOC WEL 412A + SOC WEL 412B: Advanced Field Practicum (12 units total)
  • MPP Summer Policy Internship

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.