Social Work Dual Degree

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary & The University of Southern Mississippi


New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) and The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Social Work have established a cooperation agreement allowing students to participate in a new dual degree initiative. NOBTS offers both the Master of Divinity in Christian Education (MDiv) and Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) degrees with a concentration in Christian social work ministry but neither prepare students for social work licensure. The USM Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares students for professional social work practice and licensure.

This cooperation agreement will make it possible for NOBTS students to earn a MSW from an accredited social work program and ultimately to become licensed social workers, and will enable USM MSW students to earn an MDiv or MACE from an accredited seminary. In essence, students from both institutions will now have the opportunity to concurrently earn a theologically based degree and a professional social work degree.

While each degree is accredited in its respective institution, administrators from both programs are committed to working with individual students to streamline their degree plan for their unique situation. 

Key Features of the Dual Degree Initiative

  • Students must apply to each school separately and be accepted by each; acceptance by one institution does not guarantee acceptance by the other.
  • Students enrolled in the dual degree program will be considered “resident” students at both institutions. Tuition and fees charged will be those normally charged a Mississippi resident student for the MSW and a Southern Baptist student for the MDiv/MACE.
  • Students of dual degree programs at other institutions cannot transfer into this dual degree program.
  • NOBTS faculty and USM faculty will cooperate in placing students for their field experience; NOBTS students will typically be placed in the New Orleans area and USM students can elect to be placed in New Orleans as well.
  • Students who decide not to complete the dual degree program must complete all the work required by the respective institutions for either degree in order to receive that degree separately.


The mission of New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary is to equip leaders to fulfill the Great
Commission and the Great Commandments through
the local church and its ministries.


Biblical Studies
Christian Education
Church and Community Ministries
Church Music Ministries
Pastoral Ministries
Theological and Historical Studies
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