MSW/MPH Dual Degree Program

Program Overview

The School of Social Work and the Department of Public Health Sciences offer a Dual Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Public Health (MPH) in Community Health Education.

The programs complement each other.  Public Health focuses on populations of people, and is highly analytical and Social Work focuses on individual, groups and communities within the social environment.  Both programs heavily emphasize cross-cultural content in classes and have an emphasis on social justice.

Many students find this combined degree appealing, particularly if they are interested in community development and outreach.  Students from other countries and students who have served in the Peace Corps find that this degree furthers their interest and careers in international service.

Separately, the MSW and MPH degrees require a total of 108 credit hours (48 for the MPH + 60 for the MSW).  However, the dual MSW/MPH degree program can be completed with a total of only 96 credits hours.

The MSW/MPH Dual Degree Course of Study lists the required courses. Please refer to the current Graduate Catalog for all requirements for both degrees, and be sure to maintain close communication with your designated faculty advisors from each program.

Pursuing the MSW/MPH

Students interested in pursuing the joint degree program must:

  1. Prepare and submit separate admissions applications to both programs
  2. Notify each program in writing of the intent to complete the Dual degree program
  3. Be officially admitted to both degree programs
  4. Notify the NMSU Graduate School of the intent to complete the Dual degree program
  5. Complete all course requirements for both degree programs, typically completed in 3 full years of school.
  6. Complete a combined comprehensive final exam for both degree programs

If you are interested in pursuing this option please contact your MSW Academic Advisor: Emma Orta,

Dr. Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome, Interim MSW Program Coordinator, or the MPH Advisor for dual degree students Dr. Sue Forster-Cox.