Dual Degree Applications

Applying for a Dual Degree: What You Need to Know

We appreciate your interest in Boston University’s unique crossdisciplinary programs. Below, you’ll find important information about application requirements and the admission process for each of the three dual-degree programs—public health, education, and theology.

We look forward to your application and welcome your questions. Please feel free to email us at busswad@bu.edu or call 617-353-3750.

Social Work & Education

Application

Applicants may apply to either school through the general admission process, and at the end of the first semester of matriculation, apply to the dual degree program. Applicants may also apply for simultaneous admission. Contact the appropriate director for specific directions.

A grade point average of 3.0 or its equivalent in previous undergraduate or graduate coursework is required. The most recent grades (i.e., the last two years of undergraduate study or recent graduate study) will be given priority.

Students applying to the MSW/EdD degree must have at least three years’ experience in education or a related field and must complete their MSW before beginning their dissertation.

Current students at SED who are interested in applying to SSW are asked to do the following: 

  • Request that their current official transcripts from BU and any previous colleges/universities and two recommendations from their STH application be forwarded to our Admissions and Financial Aid Office.
  • Submit one additional reference using an SSW online form. A complete reference includes our required form and a letter of support.
  • Complete and upload a personal statement using the SSW guidelines.
  • An updated resume, which also can be uploaded, is preferred, but not required.
  • Complete an SSW application online and request a fee waiver (which will be granted as long as in addition to filling out the fee waiver form at the end of the application, you email busswad@bu.edu to inform us of your current student status.) 

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and financial aid are based on the school in which the student is taking the majority of credits (the current primary school of residence).

Social Work & Theology

Application

Students are encouraged to begin their application process by applying to the Boston University School of Theology (STH). Although students do have the option of applying first to the School of Social Work (SSW) or to both schools at once, the program has been organized to flow most smoothly if students begin their studies at the School of Theology.

Students will be close to completing the core and concentration requirements of the first school before applying to the second school.

Application to the second school should be accompanied by a letter from the first school, affirming the student’s 3.0 or better GPA and ability to relate constructively with colleagues and mission. The admissions documents validated by the first school of residence are accepted by the second school so long as a 3.0 GPA is maintained in the programs.

Individuals who are interested in applying to this dual degree program should contact the SSW Social Work & Theology Program Director immediately to discuss admission plans.

Current students at STH who are interested in applying to SSW are asked to do the following: 

  • Request that their current official transcripts from BU and any previous colleges/universities and two recommendations from their STH application be forwarded to our Admissions and Financial Aid Office.
  • Submit one additional reference using an SSW online form. A complete reference includes our required form and a letter of support.
  • Complete and upload a personal statement using the SSW guidelines.
  • An updated resume, which also can be uploaded, is preferred, but not required.
  • Complete an SSW application online and request a fee waiver (which will be granted as long as in addition to filling out the fee waiver form at the end of the application, you email busswad@bu.edu to inform us of your current student status.) 

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and financial aid are based on the school in which the student is taking the majority of credits (the current primary school of residence).