Palmer Seminary’s unique M.Div. Dual Degree Program combining a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree and a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree reflects the Seminary’s longstanding commitment to holistic ministry—to caring for the spiritual, material, emotional, and social needs of others. Candidates for this dual degree may envision a career as a pastor or in some other professional Christian ministry in which they want to integrate social work into their ministry activities. Or they may want to become professional social workers with a solid theological and spiritual foundation for their work.
It is possible for students who wish to combine theological education and ministry preparation with social work credentials to earn the M.Div. and M.S.W. degrees in a total of four years. The two degrees taken separately would normally take three and two years, respectively. The Seminary waives the equivalent of one year of full-time study (22 course units) in the M.Div. program. Thus, 44 course units (out of a total of 66) must be earned in the M.Div. program.