Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor (MSW/JD) Joint Degrees

The MSW/JD Program allows students to develop specialties in social work and law. Students enrolled in the joint degree program may count up to 12 credit hours of College of Law course work toward fulfilling the 60 credit-hour requirement of the MSW degree, and may count up to 12 credit hours of MSW course work toward fulfilling the 88 credit-hour requirement of the JD degree over a period of four years, instead of five years, if taking each program individually. Upon completion of both programs, the student earns two separate degrees, a JD degree awarded by the College of Law and an MSW degree awarded by the College of Social Work.

Students who wish to complete a joint degree must apply to both programs and be accepted by both programs simultaneously in order to begin their joint degree program. Admission/acceptance into one program does not guarantee admission/acceptance into the other. Both degrees are conferred at the same time, even if requirements are completed for one before the other. Upon completion of both programs, the student earns two separate degrees: an MSW degree awarded by the College of Social Work and an a JD degree awarded by the College of Law.

Because the overall credit requirements for both degrees may be reduced by up to 24 credit hours, a student enrolled in the joint degree program can expect to complete the two degrees in approximately eight semesters of full-time study. However, a student enrolled in the MSW/JD Joint Degree Program must complete all JD and all MSW requirements before either degree will be awarded.

Course Planner

MSW/JD Joint Degree Enrollment Form

Curriculum Scenario:
A student completing courses as indicated below should be able to satisfy both degree requirements in four years. The program will reduce approximately 24 credits (one full-time year) from completing a two-year MSW program and a three-year JD program separately.

Required Course Hours   Social Work   (60 - 12)   48    
    Law   (88 - 12)   76    
Total Program Hours           124   (Saves 24 Semester Credit hours)

1st Year
College of Law first year courses
    30 credits
2nd Year
College of Social Work foundation courses (including practicum)
    30 credits
3rd and 4th Years
Completion of College of Law requirements and advanced Social Work classes)

For more information, please contact:
Rob Butters, PhD, LCSW
Director, Utah Criminal Justice Center & Chair, Forensic Social Work Concentration
rob.butters@socwk.utah.edu
801-585-3246

Cristina Arteaga
Associate Director for Admissions & Financial Aid, S.J. Quinney College of Law
cristina.arteaga@law.utah.edu
801-587-8312