Master of Social Service and Master Public Health (MSS/MPH)
Increasingly, the practice of healthcare, especially in serving the neediest populations, depends on community-based multidisciplinary teams of practitioners, researchers, and policy makers who are well-grounded in health, social, and legal services. As a result, Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) and Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Population Health (JCPH) are partnering to offer a unique opportunity to complete dual degrees in social work (MSS) and public health (MPH).The Bryn Mawr - Jefferson collaboration acknowledges the long-standing synergy between social work and public health and also recognizes the growing interest among professionals to further their preparation by earning multiple graduate degrees.
Bryn Mawr College’s MSS program is one of the most respected academic social work programs in the United States. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation (CSWE), it is fully equivalent to a Master of Social Work (MSW). Jefferson’s MPH program is nationally accredited through the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). This dual degree offering reflects the mission of both institutions to enhance the wellness and quality of life of individuals, families, and their communities through the shared commitment to social justice and human rights.
Those interested in the MSS/MPH Dual Degree Program must first apply and be accepted to Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR. Currently enrolled MSS students then apply to Jefferson in their first MSS year by February 1 for Fall entrance the following Fall as well as apply for financial aid through Jefferson.
Joint degree students will study at both Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Jefferson School of Population Health. The completion of the dual degree takes approximately three years for full-time students. Student progress follows the following sequence:
- Year One: Complete the first year of the MSS curriculum (10 units)
- Year Two: Complete all coursework for the MPH (September to June)
- Year Three: Complete the MSS curriculum while preparing and finishing their MPH Capstone Project.
NOTE: MSS Students take a leave of absence from GSSWSR MSS after their first year to complete their MPH coursework at Jefferson in their second year.
Current full-time students must first discuss their interest in the JCPH MPH program with their faculty advisor and be recommended for eligibility to apply. Please note that the number of applicants eligible to apply is limited; each academic year, JCPH will make available a partial merit scholarship to an eligible GSSWSR student or recent alumnus (has graduated within the past five years from applying) who is accepted into the JCPH MPH program and meets established criteria for this award.
Program Requirements for the GSSWSR students who opt for the MSS/MPH dual degree:
- Completion or satisfactory academic progress toward completion of stipulated coursework for the MSS
- Minimum grade of B or GSSWSR equivalent for all MSS coursework completed at GSSWSR
- Competency in basic statistics, demonstrated by satisfactory completion (grade of B or higher) of undergraduate or graduate coursework in statistics; or passing score on JCPH Basic Statistics Qualifying Test
- Sincere interest and readiness to matriculate into the MPH degree program as demonstrated by personal essay and interview
With advanced study in both social work and public health, professionals who complete the dual degree program acquire expanded knowledge and skills that broaden their appeal and value in the workplace. Graduates work in managed care organizations and hospitals, local and state health and welfare departments, federal and voluntary health and social service agencies, community based organizations, medical-legal partnerships, and advocacy coalitions.