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MDiv / MSSW Dual Degree

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Austin Seminary, combined with the Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from The University of Texas at Austin (U.T.) Steve Hicks School of Social Work, is a response to the growing demand for social workers to be sensitive toward and proficient in their understandings of their clients’ religious and spiritual lives. This goal of the program is to equip you with the skills and knowledge to think theologically and serve creatively so you may alleviate critical social problems within faith-based communities, social services agencies, and in clinical counseling positions.

Students in the dual-degree program will receive two degrees, one from each institution. As much as possible, the program of study will be tailored to meet students’ individual vocational interests and needs.



Bachelor's degree from an accredited college of university (provide an official transcript).

Three essays:

  • Autobiographic essay reflecting on your spiritual journey and/or call to ministry
  • Analytical essay on a specific topic of theological interest or concern
  • A brief essay reflecting on your hopes and concerns for the church and your call to ministry

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Admission to the MDiv / MSSW Dual Degree program entails admission to both institutions. Contact the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas for information about admission to the MSSW program.

Course Work (MDiv)

130 credits (65 hours) in the required MDiv curriculum and 54 credits (27 hours) of elective courses. Students enrolled in the dual degree program may satisfy their MDiv elective course requirements by taking approved MSSW courses from The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work.