Dual Degree Master's Program

KSU is committed to developing innovative programs that are responsive to the rapidly changing economic, social and political climate and to the interdependence of sectors (public, private and nonprofit). Therefore, KSU is offering the first dual degree MSW/MBA program in the state of Georgia. “In recent decades, social work practitioners have increasingly been called upon to think entrepreneurially to seek private funding and to collaborate with nongovernmental organizations to provide social services and goods” (c.f. Lee, 2016, p. 209). Similarly, companies have become more socially responsible because of consumer demand, employee morale, potential to develop new markets, and a desire to create sustainable business practices that focus on triple-bottom line (preserve wellbeing of people and planet while making a profit).

Program Objective

The Master of Social Work and Master of Business Administration (MSW/MBA) Program is a dual degree offered by the Wellstar College of Health and Human Service and the Coles College of Business Administration to meet this need. The objective of the dual degree program is to create future leaders and change agents who create “social value” by focusing on the triple-bottom line and initiate purposeful “social change.” The competencies acquired through the dual degrees will be sought after by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) units in companies, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), and large managed care organizations (behavioral and physical health) to name a few.  Additionally, graduates can also launch their own social entrepreneurial ventures, social enterprises and private practices. Hence, graduates can be employed by organizations in all three sectors (private, nonprofit and public).


Our clinical Social Work education (MSW) enables the graduates to make informed evidence-based decisions regarding best practices in responding compassionately and ethically to diverse human needs through psychotherapy, family counseling, and case management, for instance. The Business Administration degree (MBA) includes the traditional education in accounting and finance, management principles, information systems, distribution logistics, and marketing. In addition, the MBA degree is responsive to the changing and dynamic local, regional and national employment trends and business needs in corporate America. Ultimately, the graduate is prepared to effectively implement the mission of the social work profession of advancing human rights, and promoting social, economic and environmental justice. 

Courses Required

  • SW 7700 - Social Work Foundations: Diversity, Social Justice and Ethics
    SW 7701 - Social Work Practice I
    SW 7704 - Human Behavior in a Social Environment I
    SW 7706 - Introduction to Social Work Research
    SW 7708 - Generalist Internship / Integrative Seminar I
    SW 7702 - Social Welfare Policy and Services
    SW 7703 - Social Work Practice II
    SW 7705 - Human Behavior in a Social Environment II
    SW 7707 - Practice Focused Research Methods
    SW 7709 - Generalist Internship / Integrative Seminar II
    SW 7802 - Advanced Clinical Practice I: Working With Individuals
    SW 7806 - Addiction Theory and Policy
    SW 7811 - Advanced Clinical Practice II: Working With Groups
    SW 7812 - Specialization Internship / Integrative Seminar III
    SW 7830 - Psychopathology and Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Service Planning I
    SW 7813 - Specialization Internship / Integrative Seminar IV
    SW 7831 - Psychopathology and Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Service Planning II

    *These courses "count" toward both MSW and MBA degrees

  • Core classes necessary for awarding of MBA degree.

    ACCT 7000:Accounting Insights for Managers
    FIN 7020:Business Finance
    MGT 7040:Managing the Value Chain
    MGT 7999:Strategic Management: An Integrative, Capstone Experience
    MKTG 7030:Strategic Marketing
    ECON 7010:Resource Allocation and Decision Analysis
    IS 7090:Leveraging Information Systems in Business

    MBA Elective 1

  • MBA courses that count towards both the MSW and MBA degrees.

    MGT 7050:Managing and Leading Work Behavior

    MBA study abroad, if student is unable to participate in study abroad substitute any MBA international business elective

Program Total (84 Credit Hours)

MSW MBA Course Map

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To be admitted into the dual degree program, the applicant must specify the option at the time of the application to the Graduate College. Students interested in applying for the dual degree option MSW/MBA Program should consult with the MSW and the MBA Program Directors with regard to admission requirements and course sequence.

Deadlines for Admission

Admission deadline is February 15th

Contact Us

Director of the MSW Program
Dr. Alan Kirk
Admissions and Advising Coordinator for the MBA Program
Austin Swanson
(470) 578-5047
KC 423