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Dual Master's Degrees in Social Work & Women's Studies


This dual degree program option will prepare students for a licensed social work practitioner career with a specialized knowledge of the population of women. The MSW/WMS program will offer students tools and training in feminist epistemologies, sensitizing students to the unique challenges and obstacles women face.

The dual degree program will offer Women's Studies students the ability to use their specialized knowledge coupled with clinical skills developed in the MSW program to address a range of concerns specific to women from political action to individualized treatment. MSW students will become grounded in theoretical and practical concerns that affect women from a broad perspective, sensitizing them to the unique challenges as well as structural limitations (within family, community, and society) that circumvent women's ability to fully participate in society.

Both programs, while focusing on human interaction and human needs, together will strengthen students' abilities to perceive the problems women face and be sanctioned by society to intervene on an individual, community, or societal level. Candidates in this special program will be prepared to enter the social work profession with a MSW and understanding/knowledge of feminist theories and practices that complement and enhance social work practice. Further, the courses can enhance master-of-arts candidates who wish to pursue other feminist-oriented professional careers, by developing a set of unique (social work) theories and skills to bring to the fields of women's studies, human behavior, and service.


There will be no modifications to the curriculum, admissions, or graduation requirements/mode of delivery. The MSW curriculum consists of 60 credits, and the MA in Women's Studies curriculum consists of 33-36 credits (depending on whether a thesis, special project, or comprehensive capstone option is chosen). Students will be able to obtain the Masters of Social Work Degree and Masters of Arts in Women's Studies for 75 credits instead of 93 credits by taking dual listed courses that are already available in each program.


Contact information

Please do not hesitate to call or email the Women's Studies or Social Work offices if you have any questions about the MSW/WMS program.

Office Contact Position Phone Email
Women's Studies Dr. Yi-Chun Tricia Lin Department Chairperson (203) 392-6133
Social Work Elizabeth Keenan Department Chairperson (203) 392-6573
Graduate Admissions NA NA (203) 392-9670

For specific information regarding the graduate admission process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.