Students in the joint-degree program in social work obtain the M.S.W. (master of social work) and the M.A. or M.S. in planning. These students generally pursue a human-services-planning concentration. Graduates of this joint program find careers as human-services planners for local planning agencies, non-profit social service agencies, and state governments. The combined degree improves the graduate's qualifications for positions of responsibility in human services or social-services planning and administration.
The M.S.W. degree requires 60 hours. The joint-degree option in planning and social work reduces the total semester-hour requirement for both degrees from 110 to 83-85. Students can complete the course work in 3 years by taking 11-13 hours in summer school and averaging 12 hours per semester during the academic year. Students in the joint M.S.W. program may take the Social Work Practicum in place of the Field Problems core requirements.