Public Administration/Social Work

Saint Louis University’s College of Arts and Sciences and School of Social Work jointly administer our dual degree in public administration and social work.

About the Program

Our dual degree in public administration and social work focuses on management principles, research and evaluation skills, and the ability to identify and analyze individual and institutional values as they relate to social, economic and political behavior. It also emphasizes the importance of ethics in public service and the Jesuit value of social justice.

Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s dual M.P.A./M.S.W. degree program consists of 72 credit hours of coursework. The Master of Public Administration program shares 12 credit hours with the M.S.W. Students must earn a grade of B or better in non-M.S.W. courses for them to count toward the M.S.W. degree.

Students in this program are required to meet in person with their social work faculty mentor twice a year for academic advising and course planning. You’ll also be encouraged to meet with your faculty mentor in the Department of Political Science as often as necessary to ensure you are meeting the requirements for that degree.

Students must set up all field experiences as social work practicum experiences with the SLU M.S.W. field education office to receive practicum credit toward the social work degree.

  • Robert Cropf, Ph.D.
  • Beth S. Barrett, M.S.W., LCSW, CT
  • Marla Berg-Weger, M.S.W., Ph.D., LCSW
  • Julie Birkenmaier, M.S.W., Ph.D., LCSW
  • Brian Boutwell, Ph.D.
  • Gabriel Carrillo, M.S.W.
  • Shannon Cooper-Sadlo, M.S.W., Ph.D., LCSW
  • Jami Curley, M.S.W., Ph.D
  • Noelle E. Fearn, Ph.D.
  • Jesse J. Helton, Ph.D.
  • Paul Hotfelder, M.A.
  • Jin Huang, M.S.W., Ph.D.
  • Pamela J. Huggins, M.S.W., LCSW, ACSW
  • Heather Lewis, M.S.W., BCBA
  • Donald Linhorst, M.S.W., Ph.D., ACSW
  • Ashley M. Lugo, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Mary Dyan McGuire, Ph.D., J.D.
  • Michael Mancini, M.S.W., Ph.D.
  • Monica Matthieu, M.S.W., Ph.D.
  • Brandy R. Maynard, M.S.W., Ph.D.
  • Stephen Edward McMillin, A.M. (M.S.W.), M.A., Ph.D.
  • Sandra Naeger, M.S.W., LCSW
  • Susan Tebb, M.S.W., Ph.D.
  • Sabrina W. Tyuse, M.S.W., Ph.D.
  • Michael Vaughn, Ph.D.
  • Cara Wallace, Ph.D., LMSW
  • Norm White, Ph.D.

The M.P.A./M.S.W. dual degree can prepare you for careers at the national, state and local levels of government. You may also consider careers in the nonprofit sector or at for-profit organizations with extensive government ties.

Financial Aid

Applicants to this program may be eligible for financial aid awards through both the political science department and the School of Social Work. Opportunities may include tuition remission, grants, scholarships, fellowships and graduate assistantships, as well as practicum stipends through the School of Social Work's Center for Social Justice Education and Research.

Students interesting in pursuing financial aid opportunities should apply to the M.P.A. program and complete the School of Social Work's scholarship application.

Application Requirements

You must be admitted to both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College for Public Health and Social Justice, meeting admission requirements of both the Master of Public Administration and M.S.W. degree programs, to pursue this dual degree. You may apply to the M.P.A. degree program concurrently with application to the M.S.W. or following admission to the social work program.

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Application Deadlines

Applicants can be admitted to enroll in either fall or spring terms.  The application deadline is March 1 for the fall semester and Oct. 1 for the spring semester.