Dual Degrees

Dual Masters of Arts Degree in Social Work and Criminal Justice

The Dual Masters Degree Program in Social Work (M.S.W) and Criminal Justice (M.A.) provides students with knowledge and skills to confidently address some of the most pressing issues of our times. The program’s aim is to cultivate innovators, problem solvers, change agents, and advocates (or policymakers). It trains students to think outside of convention and to work beyond their comfort zones. These complementary fields of study build students’ capacities to think deeply about the ethical and social implications inherent to the perspectives of both academic disciplines.

Students will have opportunities to develop expertise in criminal justice policy and research along with the study of clinical practice and human services. The social work curriculum emphasizes the systems and perspectives of populations and individuals, while coursework in criminal justice prepare students to think critically about empirical research, theories and crime prevention programming. Specific topic areas may include issues such as policing, courts, corrections, reentry, and juvenile justice.

Program graduates are prepared to advance social justice within criminal legal systems and inspire interdisciplinary innovation in the field. Learn more by viewing the curriculum at using the link below.

This dual degree program keeps with the School of Criminal Justice’s and School of Social Work’s emphasis on inter-professional education, interests in disparities within the criminal justice system, and over-incarceration. Graduates will be able to meet the needs of growing labor force opportunities for social workers within criminal justice settings, such as courts, prisons, non-profit organizations, and local and state governments. There is a high demand for credentialed and cross-trained professionals who can respond effectively to issues of crime and social justice. Your training in this program will help you become a leader in the field.

For more information, contact Jimmy Camacho, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and Graduate Enrollment Services, jimmyca@scj.rutgers.edu

Also, see the Rutgers School of Social Work

To apply: https://grad.admissions.rutgers.edu/GraduateProgram/Detail.aspx?code=19910R&degree=MSW.

Dual Juris Doctor & Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

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