Accelerated Dual-Degree Bachelor‘s/MSW (3+2)

Program Contact:  Catherine Solomon  (203) 582-5264    Carol R. Awasu 203-582-6433

The Accelerated Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/Master of Social Work (3+2) program is an excellent choice for the highly motivated student seeking a rewarding and successful career as a social worker. Through this accelerated dual-degree program, you will complete both your bachelor’s degree and your Master of Social Work in just 5 years.   

The Quinnipiac University MSW program prepares social workers for specialized practice in health and mental health. The curriculum emphasizes interprofessional education to familiarize students with a professional team-based approach while also giving you the freedom to tailor your degree to your specialty. The MSW program prepares you for social work licensure and gives you the tools you need to provide patients/clients with counseling, crisis intervention and access to social welfare and community resources.

Social work is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States. As social workers, graduating students enter a broad range of high-demand fields. Mental health clinics, hospitals, schools and health departments all rely on social workers to treat veterans with PTSD, neglected children, people with chronic illnesses and much more. You will act as a crucial link between patients/clients and other professionals, ensuring that people receive critical health and mental health care.  

Contact the director listed above for further information on this Accelerated Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/Master of Social Work (3+2) program.

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 dual-degree 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
First Year
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
Crime and Society  
Introduction to Psychology  
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 Personal Inquiry
 
Take one of the following (determined by major): 1
From College to Career (SO/GT 205)  
From College to Career (SO/CJ 205)  
From College to Career (CJ/GT 205)  
Course determined by major 3
Sociology of Aging (SO 263)  
Race, Class and Gender The Invisible Ladder: Social Inequalities  
Introduction to Sociology  
 Credits19-20
Summer Semester
UC Personal Inquiry course 3
Course determined by major 3
UC Personal Inquiry course
 
CAS Humanities
 
 Credits6
Second Year
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
Biomedical Basis and Experience of Human Aging  
CAS Fine Arts
 
Course determined by major 3
Adult Development & Aging (GT 234)  
CAS elective
 
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
 
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity  
Course determined by major 3
Criminal Justice Research Methods  
Research Methods (SO 290)  
Research Methods (GT 290)  
Elective in the major 3
Course determined by major 3
Elective in the major
 
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
Third Year
Fall Semester
Course determined by major 3
UC Capstone 4  
Open Elective  
Course determined by major 3
CAS elective
 
CJ elective
 
SO elective
 
Course determined by major 3
Internship in the Community (SO 392/GT 392)  
Internship in the Community (CJ 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
 
Advanced Internship in the Community  
Major elective + one FLW course
 
Course determined by major 3
Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy  
Senior Seminar (SO 400) 3  
Senior Seminar (GT 400) 3  
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.

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective first-year students 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.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.

Please note: Students cannot be added to the Accelerated Dual-Degree Bachelor's/MSW (3+2) program after matriculating at Quinnipiac.