MSW / MPA Program

General Information

The GVSU College of Community and Public Service (CCPS), through its Schools of Social Work (SSW) and School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration (SPNHA), offer prospective students the option to receive both graduate degrees (MSW and MPA) offered by these units . 

This entails taking coursework simultaneously in the two disciplines in order to be well prepared to seek middle- and upper-level management positions in either public or private human service organizations.   This opportunity is designed for those who wish to combine the knowledge, skills and values of the social work profession with the advanced administrative and technical expertise developed through the study of public administration to become leaders in their organizations and their communities. Students who have already graduated with an MSW or MPA degree are not eligible for this option, but may pursue an additional second degree in the other discipline (see catalog for second degree requirements).   Students who have advanced beyond two semesters in one program before deciding on this option may not be able to finish the program requirements in a timely manner and should immediately seek the advice of advisors in both the School of Social Work and the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration before embarking upon this program.

Application Procedure

Students must be admitted to both the MSW and MPA programs. Generally, students begin with the MSW application. Students interested in pursuing both degrees should request that the School of Social Work assign them to the faculty advisor for the MSW/MPA program. The MPA application must also be completed, including transcript, letters of reference, and resume.  A cover letter to the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration (SPNHA) detailing the request for admission to the MSW/MPA program, the MPA Basic Application and the specific essay material required by the MPA program are required for admissions consideration.

School of Social Work Advisor

Brandon Youker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
353C DeVos Center

For additional information, please contact the respective faculty advisor for the MSW/MPA Degree Program

SPNHA Advisor

Michelle Wooddell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
244C DeVos Center

Page last modified June 9, 2017