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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration/Social Work Dual Master’s Degree

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Contact Information

Contact for MSW
Contact for MBA
Phone: (470) 578-4470

Program Description

KSU is committed to developing innovative programs that are responsive to the rapidly changing economic, social and political climate and to the interdependence of sectors (public, private and nonprofit). Therefore, KSU is offering the first dual degree MSW/MBA program in the state of Georgia.  “In recent decades, social work practitioners have increasingly been called upon to think entrepreneurially to seek private funding and to collaborate with nongovernmental organizations to provide social services and goods” (c.f. Lee, 2016, p. 209). Similarly, companies have become more socially responsible because of consumer demand, employee morale, potential to develop new markets, and a desire to create sustainable business practices that focus on triple-bottom line (preserve wellbeing of people and planet while making a profit).

The Master of Social Work and Master of Business Administration (MSW/MBA) Program is a dual degree offered by the WellStar College of Health and Human Service and the Coles College of Business Administration to meet this need. The objective of the dual degree program is to create future leaders and change agents who create “social value” by focusing on the triple-bottom line and initiate purposeful “social change.” The competencies acquired through the dual degrees will be sought after by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) units in companies, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), and large managed care organizations (behavioral and physical health) to name a few. Additionally, graduates can also launch their own social entrepreneurial ventures, social enterprises and private practices. Hence, graduates can be employed by organizations in all three sectors (private, nonprofit and public).

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted into the dual degree program, the applicant must specify the option at the time of the application to the Graduate College. Students interested in applying for the dual degree option MSW/MBA Program should consult with the MSW and the MBA Program Directors with regard to admission requirements and course sequence.

  • This program only reviews applications for Summer semesters.
  • Please refer to Graduate Admissions for Application
  • International Applicants: Refer to KSU Policies for Additional Application Requirements
The Early Admission deadline is February 1.
The Regular Admission deadline is March 1.

GRE and GMAT Conversion

  • The GRE score would be converted to a GMAT score using the on-line tool available at www.ets.org.
  • For enrollment into the MSW program an applicant must have a minimum verbal and quantitative GRE score of 285.
  • For enrollment into the MBA program an applicant must have a minimum GMAT score of 530.
  • An applicant that is seeking enrollment in a joint MSW/MBA program must have verbal and quantitative GRE scores that are equivalent to a 530 GMAT score.

Admissions Requirements for Unique Cases

Currently, there are no exceptions to the admission requirements.

Transfer Credit

No credit from outside institutions is accepted for this degree/certificate/endorsement/program.

Petition to Graduate

Each candidate must petition to graduate online. For more information, please view the corresponding section in Academic Policies .

Program of Study


Dual Credit SW Courses (6 Credit Hours)

SW courses that count towards both the MSW and the MBA degrees. 

Dual Credit MBA courses (6 Credit Hours)

MBA courses that count towards both the MSW and MBA degrees. 

Program Total (84 Credit Hours)

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