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100% Online Dual Degree

Prepare for a leadership role in social work administration.

If you’re a current student or recent graduate of PennWest’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program, you can add an MBA through our Global Online program and acquire the business, management and leadership skills you need to become a social work administrator.

This dual program is rooted in sound business principles and social work ethics. It introduces managerial and leadership principles, along with valuable concepts such as quantitative analysis and decision making. It will give you the business acumen required to manage a professional practice or take a leading role at a social service agency or non-profit organization.

The MBA portion of this dual degree program may be completed 100% online in a convenient asynchronous format. Or you may choose a blended on-campus and online study. You can earn the MBA in 15 months of full-time study, or on a part-time schedule. If you wish to study on-campus or through a combination of coursework, you must begin your MBA program in the Fall semester.

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Real World Experience

At least 660 hours of practicum give you the skills and expertise you need.

Accreditation Matters

PennWest’s MBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the MSW is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

15 Months

Earn your MBA + Master of Social degree in just 15 months of full-time study.

Fast Facts


Of PennWest’s MSW students are employed at graduation, according to a graduate study.


24 MBA Credits,
12 MSW Credits


100% online


Graduate Admissions

Careers and Salaries

Advantages of a Dual Degree

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a nine percent growth in the number of social workers needed in this country from 2021-2031, faster than the average for all occupations. When you combine your MSW with an MBA, the doors will be open to even more career opportunities in a variety of settings.

Like all specialized Master of Business Administration programs at PennWest Global Online, the concentration in social work administration includes:

  • Core cross-disciplinary courses that build decision-making and leadership skills.
  • Concentration courses that let you pursue specialized study.
  • Electives that help you tailor your degree to your individual goals.

In the three-credit capstone course, you’ll take part in simulated leadership experiences that demonstrate your ability to make ethical decisions regarding organizational strategy.

Graduate Outcomes

The MBA component prepares graduates to:

  1. Solve organizational challenges in an uncertain, interdependent world by selecting and integrating business concepts.
  2. Leverage a variety of quantitative, qualitative, and technological business tools to inform evidence-based, ethical, and financially sound decisions.
  3. Assess the impact of business processes and decisions on the enterprise and its people, the community, broader society, and the environment as a whole.
  4. Set workable strategic goals, negotiate alternatives, and formulate ethical implementations through collaborative leadership and teamwork.
  5. Craft and present evidence, processes, and decisions through effective oral, visual, and written communications to a variety of stakeholders.
  6. Develop a personal plan to become an ethical leader, effective manager, and informed global citizen in an ever-changing world.

The MSW component prepares graduates to:

  1. Prepare ethical, competent, self-regulating MSW graduates with the requisite knowledge, skills, values to manage and lead organizations.
  2. Integrate concepts within and across business disciplines and social work to promote strategic goals and organizational success by applying theoretical and practical models.
  3. Make ethical, evidence-based decisions to solve complex business problems leveraging a variety of quantitative, qualitative, and technological tools.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Resume if GPA is under 3.0
  • Currently enrolled in MSW in good standing with PennWest or
  • PennWest MSW Graduate (within past three years)

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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