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This joint-degree program enables students to pursue both a master’s degree in the School of Social Service Administration and a master of business administration at Chicago Booth in three years.

Graduates of the joint program become leaders across diverse fields of business, clinical social work, and social administration practice, while their broader educational and experiential foundations translate into greater flexibility and impact throughout their future careers.

Program Structure

Students complete 1400 units of Booth-only course credit (+LEAD). In their first quarter of enrollment in the SSA program, students select one of the following concentrations: social administration (four required courses and two electives) or clinical practice (five required courses and one elective; only those students approved in their second quarter of enrollment may continue in the clinical practice concentration). Students who pursue the clinical practice concentration are required to complete clinical practicum work during the Winter Quarter of their third year of study, and thus they may need to enroll in a minimum of one additional quarter to meet the joint-degree requirements.

Autumn Winter Spring Summer
Year 1 SSA SSA SSA Social administrative-related internship
Year 2 Booth Booth Booth Business-related internship
Year 3 SSA SSA Booth Graduate—full-time position


The school determines the tuition charges. Chicago Booth charges tuition on a per-course basis. Students pay Chicago Booth tuition for 1400 units of course credit. There is no tuition charge for LEAD.) For information regarding the School of Social Service Administration’s tuition policy, please contact the school’s admissions office.

Booth Courses

Courses for SSA

For detailed information regarding SSA’s curriculum, please visit the school’s website or contact SSA Admissions.

Admissions Process

Interested applicants may apply to both programs concurrently or during their first year of residency in either program. Admissions decisions are made independently of one another. Inquiries regarding the admissions process for the MA in SSA program should be directed to SSA Admissions.

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