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MSW/MBA Dual Degree Requirements 2020-2021

Augsburg University offers a dual MSW/MBA degree in social work and business administration. Students enrolled in the dual degree program learn to create better managed and financially sound service organizations to serve diverse communities, both locally and globally.


Many social service agencies today require that agency managers combine financial and business expertise with social work practice and policy formation. The MSW/MBA dual degree prepares graduates to function in a workplace that demands the delivery of quality services with increasingly limited resources.


The MSW/MBA dual degree includes an accelerated third year of study for MSW students who elect the Multicultural Macro Practice (MCMP) concentration. In this concentration, students learn to effect positive change in social service systems through their work with communities, organizations, and social policy makers. Prior Augsburg MSW graduates who have completed the necessary Multicultural Macro Practice (MCMP) coursework are eligible to return to complete the MBA portion of the dual degree. The MSW degree must be completed before the MBA portion of the dual degree.


Years 1 and 2 (September through June)

MSW classes meet on alternating weekends—Friday evenings, Saturday mornings, and Saturday afternoons—and students engage in hybrid learning activities between class weekends.

Year 3 (12–16 months)

MBA classes meet one night per week. The MBA program includes a summer term. See the MBA section for required courses for the dual degree.


  • Foundation or advanced standing coursework
  • Either 920 hours (foundation) or 500 hours (advanced standing) MSW field practicum experience
  • The MSW summative evaluation project may be accepted by the MBA program as partial fulfillment of the MBA project.
  • Complete a minimum of ten MBA courses after completion of the MSW degree.
  • For more information regarding the MBA coursework required for the MSW/MBA dual degree, see the MBA section.

MBA Admission

MSW/MBA dual degree applicants may apply to both programs at the same time or admitted MSW students may wait to apply to the MBA program until their concentration year. The GMAT is waived for MSW/MBA dual degree applicants. However, all MSW students are required to complete the MBA math modules and achieve a score of 80% or higher before they begin the quantitative courses for the MBA program. MBA application materials include: completed application, two short essays, an updated resume, two letters of recommendation, and a personal interview with the MBA program director. Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.