Dual Degree Programs

Boston University offers students interested in individuals with disabilities and the educational and social work supports for them and their families, a dual degree program through the School of Education (SED) and the School of Social Work (SSW). You will graduate from the dual degree program with two degrees as indicated below.

  • MSW in Social Work and EdM in Special Education
  • MSW in Social Work and EdD in Special Education

The dual degree programs are designed to give students knowledge and skills across both disciplines. The programs prepare leaders who have a rich understanding of work with families and can also design and administer creative programmatic responses to the changing needs of schools and communities. Graduates of the programs are currently working in a wide variety of positions from early intervention programs to AIDS education to school administration and school social work to WMCA program planning.

You may apply to either school first and then apply to the second school during the first semester of matriculation. You may also apply for simultaneous admission.

The MSW/EdM program usually takes three years. The MSW/EdD program is contingent on completion of a dissertation. Coursework takes about three years.

  • School of Education Faculty Contact Information: Professor Donna H. Lehr, dlehr@bu.edu, 617-353-3240
  • School of Education Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237
  • School of Social Work Faculty Contact Information: Professor Trudy Zimmerman, trudyz@bu.edu, 617 353-3754
  • School of Social Work Graduate Admissions Contact Information: busswad@bu.edu 617-353-3765

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.