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

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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.



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

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:

Fall Semester
SW 504Social Welfare and Social Policy3
SW 5063
Spring Semester
SW 507Issues of Diversity and Oppression3

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.

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.


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.