Combined Program: Psychology BA & MSW

Advantages of the Combined Program

  • Early admission to graduate school.
  • Graduate with a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) degree at Miami with one additional year of study (3 semesters: Summer, Fall, and Spring) after graduating with BA in Psychology.
  • Instead of taking two research methods classes (FSW 616 and FSW 716; 3 credits each), students take FSW 619 (4 credits)
  • Students can “double count” up to 9 credit hours of graduate level courses toward the 124 credits required for undergraduate degrees. Six of these credit hours may replace two 300/400 Psychology classes (see below); 3 credit hours would count as elective credits.
  • No in-state vs. out-of-state tuition differences for graduate students.
  • Graduates of the Combined Program are eligible for social work licensure.
  • Provides students with experience and entrance into a career in mental health: 60% of mental health services in the U.S. are provided by clinically trained social workers.
  • Great job outlook: the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be 14% growth of jobs in healthcare social work, and 17% growth of jobs in mental health and substance abuse from 2019 to 2029.
B.A. in Psychology Requirements
Class Number Course Name Credit Hours
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 112 or PSY 112M Foundational Experiences in Psychology 1
STA 261 Statistics 4
PSY 293 Introduction to Psychological Sciences 4
PSY 294 Writing and Research Methods in Psychology 4
PSY Breadth courses Select at least one course from each breath area: Biopsychology, Cognitive, Developmental, Individual, and Social 15
PSY 410 Capstone Seminar in Psychology: The Multiple Determinants of Behavior 3
Area of Focus courses & 300- and 400-level class requirement

In addition to PSY 410, students must take three 300-level or higher courses within a single area of focus; 1 course may overlap with the breadth area requirement.

If completing the “Individual” area of focus, a Social Work graduate level course (500- to 700-level) may be substituted for PSY 343 or PSY 345 (whichever PSY course is least related to student interest). A second Social Work graduate level course (500- to 700-level) may be substituted for another 300-level or 400-level course (excludes “area of focus” courses and PSY 410).
6-9
Additional Courses Courses to make up a minimum of 36 semester hours in Psychology. 36

Note. Students can “double count” up to 9 credit hours of graduate level courses toward the 124 credits required for undergraduate degrees. Six of these credit hours may replace two 300/400 Psychology classes (see table); 3 credits would count as general elective credits.

Master’s of Social Work requirements
Class Number Course Name Credit Hours Semester
FSW 515 Culturally-Informed Practice 3 Senior Fall
FSW 613 Ethics, Professionalism, and Self-Care 3 Senior Fall
FSW 621 SW Practice I 3 Senior Fall
FSW 611 Social Welfare Policy I 3 Senior Spring
FSW 622 Social Work Practice II 3 Senior Spring
FSW 641 Adv SW Practice focus (lifespan) 3 Senior Spring
FSW 619 Evaluating Clients and Programs 4 Grad Summer
FSW 664 Field I 3 Grad Summer
FSW 723 Assessment and the DSM 3 Grad Summer
FSW 602 Diverse Families in Context 3 Grad Fall
FSW 617 Human Behavior in the Social Environment 3 Grad Fall
FSW 688 Practice with Substance Use Disorders 3 Grad Fall
FSW 668 Clinical Interventions in SW 3 Grad Fall
FSW 765 Field Seminar 2 3 Grad Fall
FSW 642 Adv SW Policy Analysis focus (lifespan) 3 Grad Spring
FSW 717 Social Work Capstone 3 Grad Spring
FSW 724 Agency Administration 3 Grad Spring
FSW 766 Field Seminar 3 3 Grad Spring

Application Process & Eligibility

  • Miami students can declare their interest in the Combined Program anytime during their academic career.
  • Upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and a 3.00 cumulative GPA, students may apply to a Combined Program by completing the Graduate School application and submitting required materials. 
  • Standard Miami University Graduate School application and admission procedures apply.
  • Students remain classified as undergraduates until they have officially graduated from their undergraduate psychology program.
  • Students have a maximum of 5 calendar years to complete their master’s degree from the time they are admitted to the Combined Program.
  • Social Work graduate classes are typically offered in a hybrid format, generally meeting face-to-face once every two weeks. Classes are scheduled from 4-6:40PM and from 7-9:40PM Monday to Thursdays.
  • This is an Oxford program, and we are working toward offering all of our Master’s classes in Oxford, but some classes may be held on the Middletown campus.
  • For graduate students, tuition and fees are based on the number of credits taken per semester (not a flat rate for full-time students), and there is no difference in tuition rates for in-state vs. out-of-state/international students.
  • All students complete a total of 900 field practicum hours (Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters of the graduate program) where they develop knowledge and skills in a local agency. We have partnerships with over 100 non-profit agencies, schools, hospitals, and local Veterans Affairs. Internship settings are typically located within 50 miles of Oxford, Ohio.

More information about the MSW Program

For more information contact:

Dr. Angela Curl (Social Work), curla@miamioh.edu

Dr. Paul Flaspohler (Psychology), flaspopd@miamioh.edu