Developing in-depth knowledge of social and legal systems. Improving understanding of organizational and human behavior. Implementing changes to improve the lives of individuals and communities. It's how our graduates lead the charge to improve social policy and law. Through our dual degree program, students earn a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the SUNY Buffalo Law School and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the UB School of Social Work. The collaborative program reduces the total time and credits compared to completing each degree separately.
Professional social workers continually evaluate their own practices as well as the programs in which they work. Students will learn how to evaluate their practice while being sensitive to the issues presented by culturally diverse populations, those at risk and other vulnerable groups. Students will be able to broaden the empirical knowledge base of the profession and target programs for efficiency, effectiveness, and humane and ethical standards. In acquiring the tools to evaluate programs and practice, students will have opportunities to learn how to: (1) apply research methods to conceptualize and measure problems, targets and goals; (2) implement research design and the methods of evaluation; (3) conduct basic forms of data analyses and interpret the results; and (4) report findings.