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Which course is best: an MBA or a Master of Social Work?

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Which course is best: an MBA or a Master of Social Work?

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A Master of Business Administration (MBA) may be ideal for your career advancement and getting careers beyond social work, but you will need to have a bachelor's degree in social work, public or business administration, public health, or a related field, and at least three years of work experience. An MBA program may also take longer and cost you more. A Master of Social Work will provide you with knowledge and skills in social welfare policy, human behavior and ethics, balanced with hands-on experience in clinical settings. Some schools offer a joint degree program in Master of Social Work (MSW)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) which is designed to provide you with a unique combination of social work knowledge and skills, with exceptional strength in management decision-making and leadership. All the three options can lead to a career as a social and community service manager, where you will coordinate and supervise programs and organizations that support public well-being. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for social and community service managers was $67,150 in May 2019, and those with an MBA may likely be among the highest 10 percent who earned more than $112,480.

For more information about an MBA vs a Master of Social Work, check out this article: MSW & MBA Dual Degree Programs

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