Each dual-degree program allows students to utilize some credit hours of course work taken in the other program toward the MSW degree. The number of credit hours completed in the other program, which can be utilized for the MSW degree, varies by dual degree program. Course credit hours completed in another unit and used toward the MSW degree must have content that applies directly to the student's program of study in social work and meet the following conditions:
1. The student has earned a grade of B or better in any course being counted;
2. The student earns a minimum of 45 hours of credit within the University of Michigan School of
Social Work or, with advanced-standing, MasterTrack or MicroMasters MSW, UM-Dearborn Human
Services & SW, or U-M Sociology & SW status, a minimum of 30 credit hours;
3. All requirements for the degree are satisfied, including the completion of all the credits to be
counted within the required four-year limit.
Students in any dual degree program must be admitted to both programs. At some point during their course of study, students must register in both the School of Social Work and in the other school or college (e.g., Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, Ross School of Business, School of Public Health, etc.). Students must keep both programs informed of their enrollment plans each term.
A student enrolled in the School of Social Work who opts to drop the dual degree and pursue only one of the degrees independently must inform the School of Social Work registrar in writing at the earliest date possible.
Any student who has enrolled in the School of Social Work and is not pursuing a dual degree and would like to add a dual degree must also inform the School of Social Work registrar in writing at the earliest date possible.
A student in the MSW program who desires to pursue an additional degree as a dual degree student must seek and receive approval as such prior to their final term in the MSW program. Approval must include matriculation admission status in the additional program. The student must also provide written notification to the School of Social Work registrar unless the student entered their first term as a dual degree student during the admitting process. Students are also limited to the pursuit of no more than two degree programs or one degree and one certificate program. Any exception to this policy must be approved by the associate dean for educational programs. Any exception to this policy that is granted will result in the limiting of credit double-counting to two programs.
Under no circumstances will the MSW degree be awarded prior to the award of the other degree unless a minimum of 60 credit hours (45 for advanced-standing, MasterTrack or MicroMasters MSW, UM-Dearborn Human Services & SW, or U-M Sociology & SW students) in the social work program is recorded on the student's transcript and all other MSW degree requirements have been met.
Dual-degree students are responsible for understanding the requirements of both programs and developing a specific course plan with their academic advisor(s).