Social Work and Recreation Management & Policy Dual Degree (M.S.W./M.S.)

Social Work and Recreation Management and Policy

Dual-degree Social Work and Recreation Management and Policy (RMP) students take classes simultaneously over the course of two-and-and-half years in both Social Work and RMP and complete a minimum of 80-83 credits for graduation. This includes two internships, one during their first year of study, and a second specialized block placement internship over the summer following the second year of study, which concentrates on the utilization and application of adventure therapy in an agency setting. This block placement internship may occur in New England or in other appropriate settings across the U.S. Students should be prepared to travel to their internships if needed. Students are also required to complete a project focusing on a topic of their choice and supervised by faculty in RMP and Social Work. 

Admission Requirements

Dual Degree applicants in Social Work and RMP must meet the requirements for admission in the MSW program and the MS in RMP-Recreation Administration.  Applicants should check each program for their independent requirements which may be different; however, it is important to note that Dual Degree students are required for admission to have a minimum of 2 years of experience (post undergraduate) in the field of outdoor education, outdoor recreation, adventure education, and/or therapeutic recreation with evidence of considerable leadership time with individual and/or groups in outdoor settings, preferably with therapeutic populations. Applicants do not need to apply separately to each program but are instructed to apply online via the graduate school for the “MSW and MS-RMP Dual Degree” option. Applicants only need to provide one well-constructed double-spaced essay of 3-pages maximum (APA format). Please respond to the following questions:

  1. Why are you seeking to earn an MS in the SW/RMP Dual Degree program?
  2. How does your previous academic background or work experience contribute to the SW/RMP Dual Degree program as a graduate student? Please note specific personal, academic, organizational, volunteer, and/or paid work experiences.
  3. What are your future career goals? What do you plan to do after completing the SW/RMP Dual Degree program? How will the SW/RMP Dual Degree help you obtain your career goals?
  4. Briefly discuss a current social justice issue that impacts your desired professional goals. How will the SW/RMP Dual Degree enhance your abilities to affect change amongst clients whom you will serve?

Minimum GPA Required: 3.0

No GREs required for admission.

For additional information regarding the Social Work/RMP Dual Degree admission requirements, contact Dr. Anita Tucker in Social Work or Dr. Michael Ferguson in RMP. 

Social Work and Recreation Management and Policy Program MSW/MS Courses

Required Courses
SW 820Social Welfare Policy I3
SW 824Positive Youth Development Through Sport Social Work and Recreation3
or RMP 868 Theories and Philosophies of Youth Development
SW 830Social Work Practice I3
SW 831Social Work Practice II: Practice in Small Groups and Community Organizations3
SW 840Implications of Race, Culture, and Oppression for Social Work Practice3
SW 850Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (HBSE I)3
SW 851Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (HBSE II)3
SW 865Adventure Therapy: Facilitation and Processing of the Experience3
SW 880Internship I (seminar and concurrent two­day/week internship/academic year)3
SW 881Internship II3
SW 926Social Welfare Policy II3
SW 930Advanced General Practice III: Clinical Assessment and Intervention3
SW 931Advanced Generalist Practice IV: Community and Administrative Practice3
SW 952Human Behavior and the Social Environment III3
SW 962Data Analysis and Statistics3
SW 982Internship III4
SW 983Internship IV4
SW 897Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Advanced Topics in Social Work)3
or RMP 899 Master's Thesis
RMP 800Concepts of Recreation and Leisure3
RMP 806Recreation Administration and Organizational Behavior3
RMP 820Adaptive Sport Facilitation for Recreation Therapy and Related Professions3
RMP 876Human Dimensions of Natural Environments3
RMP 912Non-Profit Administration and Leadership3
RMP 992Research Methods in Recreation Management and Policy3
Select two courses from the following:6
Recreation Resource Management
Law and Public Policy in Leisure Services
Therapeutic Recreation Service Delivery in Community Settings
Fund Development and Grantwriting
Graduate Field Practicum
Teaching Practicum
Independent Study
Capstone Seminar
Special Topics
Total Credits80

Social Work (M.S.W) Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Student demonstrates ethical and professional behavior.
  • Student engages diversity and difference in practice.
  • Student advances human rights and social, economic and environmental justice.
  • Engage in practice informed research and research-informed practice.
  • Engages in policy practice.
  • Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Intervenes with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Evaluates practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

RMP - Recreation Administration (M.S.) Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrates mastery of major theories, approaches, concepts, and both current and classical theoretical findings within their selected field of study.
  • Compiles and critiques current peer-reviewed research, practice of industry standards, and theoretical foundations to produce a paper or project of publishable quality that enhances existing knowledge or creates new knowledge in a specific area within the option.
  • Demonstrates proficiency and mastery of specific skills within the profession, which is grounded in evidence-based practice.
  • Displays professionally appropriate behaviors, ethical standards, sensitivity, compassion, tolerance of individual differences, and demonstrates the ability to work in a diverse and interprofessional work environment.