Joint and Dual Degree Programs

SSA offers several opportunities for students to combine professional degrees to create a unique multi-faceted program. These joint or dual degree programs link professional study in two complementary realms of expertise to provide the student with multiple tools and approaches to address the issues of social change.

There are many practical advantages to the combined degree programs, including an interdisciplinary exploration of your field of interest and a wider range of career choices upon graduation. Generally, the combined degree programs allow students to fulfill the requirements of both degree programs in one year less than if pursued separately. Joint degree programs are available between SSA and the Booth School of Business, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the Divinity School. Dual degrees are available between SSA and the Hyde Park Cluster of Theological Schools.

Students must pursue formal admission to both degree programs through the admissions department of each respective school. If a student is currently enrolled in the first year of a professional school, he or she may apply for admission to another program to begin the combined degree. Students may apply for admission to both programs at the same time and defer the SSA program for one year.

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Joint AM/MBA

Students interested in pursuing both the AM degree in the School of Social Service Administration and the MBA in the Booth School of Business may enroll in the joint AM/MBA program. This option enables students to complete both degrees in three years.

Students in this program must satisfy all of the requirements in both schools. For the MBA component of the program, students must complete 14 courses while registered in the Booth School of Business and must satisfy all of the specific requirements of the MBA curriculum.

Course requirements for the AM component of the program include core and concentration courses for a total of 13 SSA courses. Applicants seeking admission to joint AM/MBA program must meet the entrance requirements and satisfy the basic undergraduate degree requirements of both the School of Social Service Administration and the Booth School of Business.

Information for current students who wish to consider joining this program may be obtained by contacting the Dean of Students Office of both the School of Social Service Administration and the Booth School of Business. Applicants should contact the Directors of Admission.

Joint AM/MPP

Students interested in pursuing both the master's degree in the School of Social Service Administration and the master's in public policy in the Harris School of Public Policy may enroll in the joint AM/MPP program. This option enables students to complete both degrees in three years.

Students in this program must satisfy all of the requirements in both schools. Joint degree students will be required to take 13 courses with SSA and 14 courses with the Harris School, including SSA's six core courses and the Harris School's seven core courses.

Applicants to the joint AM/MPP program must meet the entrance requirements and follow the application procedures for both schools. Information for current students who wish to consider joining this program may be obtained by contacting the Dean of Students Office of both the School of Social Service Administration and the Harris School of Public Policy. Applicants should contact the Directors of Admission.

Joint AM/MDiv

The School of Social Service Administration and the Divinity School of the University of Chicago have designed a program of study that permits students to earn both the A.M. and the M.Div. degrees in one academic year less than if they completed both degree programs consecutively. Course requirements for the A.M. component of the program include core and concentration courses for a total of 13 SSA courses.

Applicants to the joint A.M./M.Div. program must meet the entrance requirements and follow the application procedures of both the School of Social Service Administration and the Divinity School.

Information for current students who wish to consider joining this program may be obtained by contacting the Dean of Students Office of both the School of Social Service Administration and the Divinity School. Applicants should contact the Directors of Admission.

Dual AM/MDiv

The School of Social Service Administration has designed programs of study with several of the schools comprising The Hyde Park Cluster of Theological Schools. These programs enable students who are interested in developing dual competence in social work and ministry to earn both the A.M. and M.Div. degrees in one academic year less than if they completed both degree programs consecutively. Course requirements for the A.M. component of the program include core and concentration courses for a total of 13 SSA courses.

Applicants to these dual degree programs must meet the entrance requirements and follow the application procedures of both the School of Social Service Administration and the specific theological school to which they wish to apply. The theological schools with which SSA has dual A.M./M.Div. degree programs are the following:

Chicago Theological Seminary 
1407 E. 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 East 55th Street 
Chicago, Illinois 60615

McCormick Theological Seminary 
5460 S. University 
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Meadville/Lombard Theological Seminary 
5701 South Woodlawn Avenue 
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Catholic Theological Union
5401 South Cornell 
Chicago, Illinois 60615