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 and response, specifically in the fields of mental health and trauma
  2. Social work research in emergency management include findings on: traumatic stress, disaster volunteers, vulnerable populations, organizations and interorganizational networks, environmental disasters, cross-cultural and interactional issues in disasters, and improved measurement and theory.
  3. Emerging trends in social work point to this need as a result of the impact of traumatic events such as 9-11 and Katrina.
  4. Minimizing of secondary trauma many individuals experience following a disaster

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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