Family Studies & Social Work

Graduate Programs

College of Education, Health, and Society

Master of Arts in Social Work (MASW)

Miami University’s Department of Family Studies and Social Work offers a graduate program leading to a MASW (i.e., Master of Arts in Social Work) degree that is equivalent to a Master of Social Work. This is a joint degree program shared by both the Miami University and Wright State University Social Work Programs. The official title of this program is The Greater Miami Valley Joint MASW. The first students were accepted into this program in the Fall of 2012. The program is currently in candidacy for national accreditation and we anticipate receiving full accreditation by June, 2014 (Our Assessment [PDF]).

The joint MASW prepares students to become advanced generalist social work professionals. Persons graduating with a MASW are eligible to become Licensed Social Workers (LSW) and Licensed independent Social Workers (LISW) in the State of Ohio ( The scope of practice includes applying advanced generalist knowledge, skills, and values in direct practice, administration, and advocacy across different social service settings working with persons across the lifespan. Generalist practice places emphasis on fostering diversity, cultural competence, social and economic justice, reductions in oppression and improvements in the broader human condition.

Curriculum Options:

Application Information and Materials:

Application deadlines for the Advanced Standing program is January 15th and for the Two-Year Full-Time Program is February 15th. Application materials can be accessed by clicking the following links:


Combined BS/M.Ed. Program
Bachelors of Science: Family Studies (66 credit hours)
& Master of Education in Educational Psychology

Emphasis: Development, Learning, and Family Studies (30 credit hours)

Program Description (

The five-year, combined degree program combines course work from the Bachelor of Science in Family Studies (B.S.) with the terminal Masters of Education in Educational Psychology option in Human Development, Learning, and Family Studies (M.Ed.).

  • 9 hours of 500/600 level courses can be double counted toward the B.S. and M.Ed.
  • This combined program thus allows for the completion of both programs, what would typically take about six years of study, into five or fewer years.

- Undergraduates must be Family Studies majors.

Provision Admission:

  • . Students can declare their interest in the combined program anytime during their academic career at Miami, from the time they apply for undergraduate admission.

Full Admission:

  • In order to ensure timely completion of the program, candidates should apply for full admission by the end of the first semester junior year, but students in their senior year may also apply.
  • At the time of application for full admission, candidates should have completed all Miami Plan foundation courses toward the B.S. degree.
  • Candidates may officially apply for full admission upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater.
  • To advance to the fifth (graduate) academic year, candidates must complete all requirements for the B.S. degree in Family Studies by the end of the senior year, while maintaining an overall and cumulative GPA in Family Studies of 3.25.

Application Process

Prior to applying, prospective students must schedule an advising meeting with Dr. Elise Radina ( and Dr. Doris Bergen ( Students should complete the graduate application and submit three letters of recommendation, official Miami transcripts, and a statement of professional interest to the departments by March 1st. Contact the Department of Educational Psychology office in 201 McGuffey Hall for more information.

Assistantships are not available to students pursuing the master’s degree in this combined degree program. Part-time students will not be accepted to this program. Regular time-limits for completing the master’s degree apply to students in a combined program (see the Graduate School Handbook at for more information).

Download the suggested course list for the above program here.


Graduate certificate:

Family, School and Community Connections

  • The Department of Family Studies and Social Work in conjunction with the Department of Educational Leadership offers a four-course Graduate Certificate in Family, School and Community Connections. 
  • The interdisciplinary program promotes family engagement in schools and community organizations as a strategy to achieve specific outcomes.
  • It meets the needs of students to expand their knowledge and skills in community and relationship building while providing flexibility to practitioners. 

For detailed information, go here



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