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Accelerated Dual-Degree BA or BS/MSW (3+2)

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Introduction

Social work is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States, and needs multitalented professionals with a passion for social justice and equity. Our dual-degree program, completed in 5 years, gives arts and sciences students the chance to leverage their diverse knowledge base and skillset toward numerous careers that make a difference in the lives of others.

Program Overview

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.

$100K


Savings

The combined value of reduced program costs and average starting salary upon entering the workforce one year early by completing an accelerated dual-degree program is approximately $100,000.

Curriculum and Requirements

Accelerated Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/MSW (3+2) Curriculum Requirements

The most common majors for students who are anticipating graduate study in social work are Sociology, Criminal Justice, Gerontology and Psychology1; 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 coursework to complete the bachelor's degree in three years. 

Students must work with their advisers to carefully plan their course of study to ensure completion of the BA or BS degree in three years. Students admitted to the program take 9 credits of graduate coursework in their third year. Suggested curriculum is as follows:

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Fall SemesterCredits
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
UC Science with lab (Disciplinary Inquiry) 4
UC Humanities (Disciplinary Inquiry) 3
UC Fine Arts (Disciplinary Inquiry) 3
Course determined by major 3
CJ 101
Crime and Society  
PS 101
Introduction to Psychology  
SO 101
Introduction to Sociology  
 Credits19
Spring Semester
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
MA 206 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
UC Personal Inquiry course 2 3
UC Personal Inquiry course 3
Course determined by major 3-4
UC Science with lab (Personal Inquiry)
 
UC Personal Inquiry
 
Take one of the following (determined by major): 1
CJ 205
From College to Career (SO/GT 205)  
GT 205
From College to Career (SO/CJ 205)  
SO 205
From College to Career (CJ/GT 205)  
Course determined by major 3
GT 263
Sociology of Aging (SO 263)  
SO 244
Social Stratification  
SO 101
Introduction to Sociology  
 Credits19-20
Summer Semester
UC Personal Inquiry course 3
Course determined by major 3
UC Personal Inquiry course
 
CAS Humanities
 
 Credits6
Sophomore
Fall Semester
Course determined by major 3
UC Fine Arts (Disciplinary Inquiry)
 
UC Personal Inquiry course
 
Language 102 course 3
CAS Social Sciences 3
Course determined by major 3
BMS 200
Biology and Experience of Human Aging  
CAS Fine Arts
 
Course determined by major 3
PS 234
Adult Development & Aging (GT 234)  
CAS elective
 
CJ 241
Police and Policing  
Elective in the major 3
 Credits18
Spring Semester
CAS elective 3
Course determined by major 3
CAS Humanities
 
CAS elective
 
Course determined by major 3
CAS Fine Arts
 
Open elective
 
SO 241
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity  
Course determined by major 3
CJ 290
Criminal Justice Research Methods  
GT 290
Research Methods (SO 290)  
SO 290
Research Methods (GT 290)  
Elective in the major 3
Course determined by major 3
Elective in the major
 
CJ 261
Prisons and Jails  
 Credits18
Summer Semester
Course determined by major 3
UC Personal Inquiry course
 
Open elective
 
Course determined by major 3
CAS elective
 
Open elective
 
 Credits6
Junior
Fall Semester
UC Capstone 3
Course determined by major 3
CAS elective
 
CJ elective
 
SO elective
 
Course determined by major 3
CJ 392
Internship in the Community (SO 392/GT 392)  
SO 392
Internship in the Community (CJ 392/GT 392)  
GT 392
Internship in the Community (SO 392)  
Elective in the major 3
SW 504 Social Welfare and Social Policy 3
SW 511 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Theories for Practice for Individuals and Families 3
 Credits18
Spring Semester
Open elective 3
Open elective 3
Course determined by major 4
CAS elective + one FLW course
 
GT 394
Advanced Internship in the Community  
Major elective + one FLW course
 
Course determined by major 3
CJ 385
Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy  
SO 385
Senior Seminar (GT 385)  
GT 385
Senior Seminar (SO 385)  
SW 512 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Theories for Groups, Organizations and Communities 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits120-121

Once admitted to the program, students must maintain an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, complete 20 credits in liberal arts, and a statistics course with a grade of C or higher. Additionally, students must 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 their Master of Social Work upon satisfactory completion of all of the graduate curriculum requirements.

1

Psychology majors who are interested in the dual-degree program follow a different curriculum, and should consult with their adviser.

2

Courses are chosen in consultation with an adviser to meet the requirements for Personal Inquiry I and Personal Inquiry II.

Admission 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.

Accreditation


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.