MSW-MSEM Dual Degree

MSW-MSEM Dual Degree

Master of Social Work & Master of Science in Emergency Management

This joint program allows students in the MSW and MSEM programs to pursue a joint graduate degree.  Students will need to apply and be admitted to both programs in order to pursue this joint degree. It is not required that the student be admitted to both programs at the same time.

Benefits of the joint program:

  1. Social work offers research informed practice interventions in relation to emergency management planning, prevention and response, specifically in the fields of mental health and trauma, as well as trauma informed interventions.
  2. Social work research in emergency management includes findings on: traumatic stress, vicarious trauma and burnout, disaster volunteers, vulnerable populations, organizations and interorganizational networks, environmental disasters, as well as human made disasters, and cross-cultural and interactional issues in disasters, and improved measurement and theory.
  3. Emerging trends in social work research and practice point to this need as a result of the impact of traumatic events such as the COVID 19 Epidemic, Turkish/Syrian Earthquake, Mass shootings, Hurricane Maria, and the war in Ukraine.

Application Process

  • If you are interested in applying to the joint MSW/MSEM Program, you must complete two applications; however, only one application fee will be required.
  • In addition, you may use the same letters of reference.
  • For current MSW students interested in the dual degree, you should apply for acceptance into the MSEM program and request an application fee waiver using these instructions: files/waiver-grad.pdf
  • Please be sure to check each program's application deadline since they do vary.
  • For additional information and specific questions please contact  the program coordinators:
    Dr. Sepideh Yalda  (MSEM program/CDRE) or Dr. Laura Brierton Granruth (MSW program)

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