Master of Social Work/Master of Divinity

Social work and theology have many historical, philosophical, and applied commonalities.

In an effort to integrate the two educational experiences and prepare professionals competent to integrate their practice skills, the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, has developed a cooperative degree program leading to Master of Social Work and Master of Divinity degrees.

This program provides a full social work and theological education that may be completed in four years by virtue of mutual and reciprocal educational planning between the institutions. Candidates for the degrees normally enter the seminary and concentrate on theological studies during the first two years of the program. The third and fourth years are spent primarily in the School of Social Work with approximately one course each term being taken at the seminary.

Students must be admitted to both programs in order to qualify for admission to the cooperative degree program. Degree candidates must meet the minimum foundation, concentration, and specialized requirements of both schools, except where substitutions are appropriate and approved by the faculty advisors. Students electing to terminate the cooperative degree program before its completion must complete all the work required by the respective institutions for either degree in order to receive that degree separately. Applications for admission are processed independently by each school.

The easiest way to apply to the Master's Degree in Social Work Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work is to use our online application.

Students who prefer to apply through the mail may contact:

University of Pittsburgh
School of Social Work
Office of Admissions
2104 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-6302
E-mail: mswinfo@pitt.edu