Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration

Social service agencies and nonprofit organizations are increasingly demanding that agency managers have a combination of financial and business expertise and proficiency in social work, practice, service outcome evaluation, and social policy analysis. The Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration joint degree program is designed to provide students with a unique combination of social work knowledge and skills, with exceptional strength in management decision-making and leadership. The degree is offered jointly through the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work and the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. 

Program Structure

The MSW/MBA joint-degree program will allow students to pursue both degrees in a parallel timeframe, making it possible for them to earn the two degrees together in less time than it would take to earn each one separately (i.e., five semesters or two years for advanced standing students, and seven semesters or no more than three years for regular full-time students). Learning objectives include:

  • Proficiency in the management functions of accounting, finance, computer information systems, marketing, operations management, organizational behavior, human resource management, and social enterprise.
  • Special emphasis on development of skills and abilities to lead strategically and to position an organization effectively for continued growth and development in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
  • Knowledge and understanding of complex organizations, their development and transformation, administrative principles, the decision-making process, and competence in managerial functions.
  • To provide applied learning experiences, the required field practicum will include professional supervision through appropriate concentration settings that will focus on community and human service organization management. 

Degree Requirements

Students participating in the joint-degree program must meet the following criteria:

  • A graduate-level course grade of B or higher must be maintained throughout the joint-degree program.
  • The MBA program requires 51 credits for the part-time program. Based on the 51-credit program, 34 credits must be KGSB courses.
  • All MSW/MBA joint degree students will be required to take a course entitled Social Entrepreneurship (1.5 credits) from the KGSB.

Apply to the MSW/MBA Joint-Degree Program

Students who want to earn a joint-degree must gain acceptance into both the School of Social Work and the Katz Graduate School of Business.  The joint-degree program applicants will also be required to submit their Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Exam (GRE) examination scores. 


Dr. Hide Yamatani, Ph.D., MSW, MBA
School of Social Work
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Rabikar Chatterjee
Associate Dean
Katz Graduate School of Business