San Diego State University

skip navigation     faculty login     

MSW / JD Overview

MSW / JD Brochure

MSW / JD Brochure
(pdf, updated 10/3/2014)

The School of Social Work and the California Western School of Law offer a four-year concurrent graduate program which allows students to simultaneously a Master of Social Work and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree in law. The objective of the concurrent degrees program is to prepare students who are competent in advanced practice where social work and law converge.

This is a four-year full time program, including a four-semester field practicum, held in Years Two and Four. The first year of the program will be completed at the Law School and consist of the traditional first year law curriculum. Year Two is completed at the School of Social Work, while Years Three and Four work from both campuses.  A thesis is also required.


To inquire about the MSW/JD Program at California Western School of Law, please contact Ruth Hargrove, at

To inquire about the MSW/JD Program at San Diego State University, School of Social Work, please contact Daniel J. Finnegan, at

A detailed description may be found in the Social Work section of the SDSU Graduate Bulletin. Included are admission requirements, detailed program requirements, and course and electives listings.