Program Overview

Prepare for careers at the intersection of social work and business management with the online MSW/MBA dual degree from the George Williams School of Social Work at Aurora University. Because the MSW curriculum is the foundation of this program, you will gain a solid foundation in generalist social work practice as you develop skills for leadership in both the nonprofit and private sectors. The MSW dual degree program is ideal for professionals seeking a credential that merges substantial business education with key social work topics and relevant field experience. By combining a deep understanding of how social service and business knowledge connect, graduates are prepared to serve the greater good and make a difference in their communities.

Instructors in this program use open education resources (OER) in place of traditional textbooks for some courses. This means digital, openly licensed content is available free of charge to students.

Begin your journey today with our premier-clinical, CSWE-accredited social work program.

Accredited by the CSWE Board of Accreditation


Aurora University’s online MSW/MBA dual degree program provides you with a comprehensive graduate education that combines in-depth social work study with advanced business coursework. Each class is taught by expert faculty members with extensive real-world experience.

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Program Details

  • Next Start Date:May 6, 2024
  • Est. Program Length:4-5 Years
  • Credit Hours:84
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$618
  • SWK6140 Social Welfare Policy and Institutions – 3 hours
  • SWK6180 HBSE I: Building Professional Social Work Competence  – 3 hours
  • SWK 6185 HBSE II: Life Course Development – 3 hours
  • SWK6370 Social Work Practice I: Individuals and Families – 3 hours
  • SWK6500 Social Work Perspectives on Psychopathology – 3 hours
  • SWK6511 Social Work Practice III: Clinical Theory and Methods – 3 hours
  • SWK6521 Social Work Practice IV: Advanced Clinical Knowledge and Application – 3 hours
  • SWK6533 Advanced Social Policy – 3 hours
  • SWK-6575 Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity in Social Work Practice – 3 hours
  • SWK6750 Field Instruction III: Specialization Internship – 3 hours
  • SWK6760 Field Instruction IV: Specialization Internship – 3 hours
  • Social Work Electives – 3 hours
  • SWK6250 Social Work Research Methods – 3 hours
  • SWK6381 Social Work Practice II: Group Work – 3 hours
  • SWK6382 Social Work Practice II: Community Practice – 3 hours
  • SWK6730 Field Instruction I: Generalist Internship – 3 hours
  • SWK6740 Field Instruction II: Generalist Internship – 3 hours
  • MBA6020 Marketing Management – 3 hours
  • MBA6045 Budgeting and Financial Management – 3 hours
  • MBA6075 Operations Management – 3 hours
  • MBA6085 Ethics and Decision Making – 3 hours
  • MBA6100 Strategic Management – 3 hours
  • MBA – 6 hours

Social Work Leadership Administration Track (9 hours)

  • MBA6030 Leadership and Organizational Behavior – 3 hours
  • MBA6200 Human Resource Management – 3 hours
  • MPA6350 Nonprofit Management and Leadership – 3 hours

Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice. Please contact the Office of Student Accounts for questions or information on current tuition, fees, room, board and other rates.

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA or greater (on a 4.0 scale). Students with a lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants may be required to complete an interview with the program director and provide letters of recommendation.
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Personal statement. A personal statement should be a typed, double-spaced narrative of two to three pages and reflect standards of graduate-level writing. Please address the following:
    • Why have you chosen to pursue a dual MSW/MBA degree and what are your professional aspirations?
    • Why have you chosen Aurora University to pursue your MSW/MBA?
    • If your GPA is below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, were there extenuating circumstances that affected your past academic performance? Please explain.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from all previously attended colleges or universities.

Information About State Licensure

All AU Online students must have unrestricted access to a computer or mobile device with high-speed internet to participate in online courses. AU Online uses Moodle to host its online classes.

Graduate-level course credit is transferable, allowing students to earn their degree faster than ever. Graduate-level credit earned at regionally accredited institutions of higher education graded “B” or better may be transferred to Aurora University and applied toward a master’s or other post-baccalaureate programs prior to enrollment into Aurora University.

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Online MSW/MBA Career Outcomes

  • Clinical social work
  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Behavioral health director
  • Community leader
  • Social service director
  • Corporate social responsibility

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