The University of Georgia’s School of Social Work and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology have teamed together to provide students a professional dual degree program in which students will learn to integrate the secular perspective of social work with a faith-based orientation in theology in a synergistic manner. The MSW/MDiv dual degree program is the first in the state of Georgia. This dual degree program integrates the knowledge, values and skills offered by the existing M.S.W. and MDiv professional degree programs with a unique focus that addresses issues of grief, loss, and bereavement. The graduates of this program will address a critical societal need for social work-based social services that are responsive to faith-based needs of clients served. This unique combined training will prepare the graduates to assist people struggling to identify their ultimate concerns, sense of meaning and purpose, as well as providing them with strategies for coping during times of tragedy and adversity.
We recommend that students apply separately to each school before beginning either program. Acceptance into one of the programs does not guarantee acceptance into the other. However, students accepted into one program can apply to the other program in their 1st year of the accepted program. In this case, one of the three recommendation letters has to come from the advisor at the institution they started. Once accepted to both programs, students will be assigned an advisor from each school. Completing two rigorous graduate degree programs simultaneously requires that students have a strong academic record. Although the admission requirements for the two programs differ, both reflect the demanding nature of graduate studies. Applicants must meet all the requirements for admission into both programs. Please see the contacts below for more information about applying to each program.
Emory Candler School of Theology
Telephone: (404) 727-6326
Program website: http://candler.emory.edu/academics/degrees/social-work/index.html
Students are able to complete both degrees at a reduced cost and one year less of study. Each semester, tuition and other expenses are paid to the school at which the student is taking classes.
Emory’s Candler School of Theology offers competitive merit-based scholarships for the MDiv degree, covering from 50 to 100 percent of the cost of tuition. Scholarships are based on admission application materials. The typical financial aid package includes a combination of a Candler scholarship; grants from outside sources, including churches, annual conferences and community organizations; and federal student loans. See the Candler School’s “Affording Seminary” web page for detailed information.
The UGA School of Social Work offers many types of financial aid, including scholarships, assistantships, and the Title IV-E Welfare Education Program. See our Financial Aid web page for detailed information.
Jennifer Elkins, Ph.D.
Director, MSW Program
School of Social Work
University of Georgia
Telephone: (706) 542-5473