Social Work, M.S.W. and Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.A. Dual Degree

Saint Louis University's Master of Social Work and Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice dual-degree program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive education in both disciplines. Students complete the main required elements of each degree program, including 36 credits of M.S.W. coursework and 21 credits of criminology and criminal justice coursework for a total of 57 credit hours to earn the dual degree.

Students who have completed a bachelor's degree in social work from an eligible, CSWE-accredited program can receive up to 15 credits of advanced standing toward a Master of Social Work at Saint Louis University. Students can complete the dual degree while pursuing either the clinical or community and organization concentrations within the M.S.W. degree program.

For additional information, see the catalog entries for the following programs:

Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.A.

Social Work, M.S.W.


The baccalaureate social work program at Saint Louis University has been continuously accredited since 1972. The Master of Social Work program at Saint Louis University has been continuously accredited since 1952.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457
Phone: 703-683-8080 

Admission Requirements

Students need to complete the standard graduate application process (application, transcript, letters of reference, personal statement, resume) and have that application reviewed and approved by both the M.S.W. and M.A. in C.C.J. programs to secure dual admission.

Program Requirements

Students complete 36 credit hours of M.S.W. coursework (24 credit hours for students qualifying for ‘advanced standing’ status). This includes foundation coursework, concentration coursework (Clinical or Community & Organization), hallmark coursework, and the completion of a practicum. In addition, students complete 21 credit hours of C.C.J. coursework regardless of social work ‘advanced standing’ status. This includes 15 credit hours of core C.C.J. coursework and 6 credits hours of approved C.C.J. electives. 

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.


Apply for Admission

For admission questions, contact:

School of Social Work Graduate Admissions Office

For M.S.W. program questions contact:

Kristi Richter, M.S.W., LCSW, CDFT
Director of Master of Social Work Program
Assistant clinical professor of Social Work

For CCJ program questions contact:

Dyan McGuire, Ph.D., J.D.
Director of Criminology and Criminal Justice Programs
Associate professor of criminology and criminal justice