Dual degree: master of social work with m.a. (theology)

Luther Seminary and Augsburg College

Now you can prepare to serve both the spiritual and social needs of individuals, families and communities in both urban and rural settings. Enroll in Luther and Augsburg's dual degree program and receive theological training and advanced social work skills. Both institutions have a commitment to social and economic justice, as well as to teamwork in pastoral and human service settings. This program has been approved by the Council on Social Work Education.

  • Integrate the values, skills and knowledge of theology and social work.
  • Discover how to serve people in holistic ways.
  • Learn how to partner with other professionals to meet community and individual needs.

An integrated approach

The dual degree program offers students the opportunity to explore and imagine interdisciplinary teamwork in faith and human service settings. Students complete a Master of Arts (M.A.) at Luther Seminary. The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree is earned through the Augsburg College Social Work Department. Field placements for the M.S.W. program are coordinated and integrated by both institutions to meet the dual degree requirements.

Everyone is welcome

The M.S.W. program follows an intensive weekend format, with classes generally offered on alternating weekends on Friday evenings, Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoons. The academic calendar spans three trimesters: fall, winter and spring.

Course Format and Field Practicum

Luther Seminary courses are offered on a weekday schedule; Augsburg College courses are offered on a weekend schedule. Students begin with Luther courses for the first year, and then move on to Augsburg courses for the second and third years. The field practicum is incorporated into the Augsburg curriculum and will be in a setting reflective of the dual degree program. Field practicum hours are in addition to classroom hours and require an average of 15-20 hours per week during the fall and winter trimesters of each year (at Augsburg). Programs cannot be done simultaneously.

About Luther Seminary

Luther Seminary educates men and women to fulfill God's call as Christian leaders—pastors, teachers, and congregational and community leaders. It offers rigorous and well-respected academic programs with an unparalleled breadth of courses. Luther Seminary devotes thoughtful attention to all students, helping them integrate study with ministry and accompanying them on their faith journeys.

About Augsburg's M.S.W. Program

The Augsburg College Master of Social Work program prepares students for agency-based practice in public and non-profit settings. The program mission is to develop social work professionals for practice that promotes social justice and empowerment toward the well-being of people in a diverse and global society.