By The Numbers
Find your calling in the field of social work
The BA or BS/MSW program enables incoming students who are entering the College of Arts and Sciences to earn their bachelor’s and MSW degrees in 5 years. This accelerated program is open to all arts and sciences majors and allows them to tailor their degree to focus on the social issues and problems of greatest importance to them. It also emphasizes interprofessional education and a team-based health care approach.
By building an undergraduate foundation in a discipline such as sociology, criminal justice, gerontology or psychology, students create inroads to a range of careers, from mental health and substance abuse counseling to social service administration and city-wide policy planning. This degree prepares students to work in a variety of settings, from schools to hospitals, and become a major voice and resource for many populations, including at-risk children, veterans, inmates and advanced-age individuals.
Accelerated dual-degree program students complete their undergraduate work in 3 years. They begin taking graduate-level course work in their third year before matriculating into the School of Health Sciences for the remaining 2 years, where they complete their MSW and prepare for licensure. All students work closely with a faculty adviser throughout the program to carefully plan their course of study, ensuring timely completion of both degrees.
Undergraduate degree program options
In lieu of completing a bachelor‘s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, students may choose to complete a BS in Health Science Studies in the School of Health Sciences and the MSW within the same timeframe (3 undergraduate years and 2 graduate years).
Value of an Accelerated Dual-degree
Redefining value in higher education
Keeping pace with changes in the field of social work is hard. Our accelerated dual-degree program helps you lead the pack. The program enables you to earn your undergraduate and master of social work degrees sooner and at a significantly lower cost compared to traditional models.
- You‘ll save on tuition costs and enter the workforce early by completing your program at least 1 year sooner.
- You‘ll leverage that year‘s worth of earnings to further reduce the cost of your education.
- You‘ll enjoy flat tuition and fees for the first 4 years, including summer credits and course overage credits.
In the News
Maya Doyle, assistant professor of social work at Quinnipiac University, spoke to the Today Show for its April 25 story about how medical advances are helping children with rare diseases to live longer. Maya, who counsels parents on helping children with rare diseases make the transition to adulthood, told Today that with the hope brought by these new advances, children with rare diseases and their parents are now having to think of such things as college, insurance coverage or assistance with daily living.
Curriculum and Requirements
The most common majors for students who are anticipating graduate study in social work are Sociology, Criminal Justice, Gerontology and Psychology; however this accelerated program is open to students in any Arts and Sciences major. Students are advised that this accelerated degree will require overloads and summer course work to complete the bachelor's degree in 3 years.
Students must work with their advisers to carefully plan their course of study to ensure completion of the BA or BS degree in 3 years.
Students admitted to the program take 9 credits of graduate course work in their third year:
|SW 504||Social Welfare Policy||3|
|SW 506||Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Theories of Practice||3|
|SW 507||Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Issues of Diversity and Oppression||3|
Once admitted to the program, students must maintain an undergraduate GPA of 3.00, complete 20 hours in liberal arts, and a statistics course with a grade of C or higher. Students must additionally achieve a grade of B or higher in their three graduate courses. A maximum of 9 credits may be used to fulfill both undergraduate and graduate requirements. Students earn the Master's degree in Social Work upon satisfactory completion of all of the graduate curriculum requirements.
To be considered for this accelerated program, students generally must be ranked in the top 20 percent of their high school class, and must have a total SAT score (critical reading and math) of 1200 or higher, or an ACT composite score of 25 or higher. Students are invited to the program as freshmen and complete the bachelor‘s degree at an accelerated pace (three years instead of the typical four).
Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.
Please note: Students cannot be added to the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA or BS/MSW (3+2) program after matriculating at Quinnipiac.
Learning Outcome Report and Accreditation
Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards
Master of Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.
The MSW meets the academic requirements for licensure as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). The MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Initial accreditation was granted in March 2016.