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Dual Degree - MDiv/MSSW


The Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) is a dual degree offered by Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and The University of Texas at Austin (U.T.) School of Social Work. This dual degree program 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, and also to work with faith-based communities to foster both individual and community well-being as they strive to alleviate critical social problems.

This agreement with the University of Texas provides resources that extend Austin Seminary’s current offerings for students with particular interests in non-traditional ministries, including agency-based social service, advocacy, policy-oriented work, and clinical counseling. 

This program will help equip you with the skills and knowledge to think theologically and serve creatively. This program also provides added resources if you plan to serve in more traditional ministry settings as a pastor or chaplain. 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.


Structure of Program

To earn the MDiv, dual degree students must take 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. 


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