Combined BA/MSW Degree

Accelerated BA/Master of Social Work

BA/MSW Brochure

Dominican University’s BA/MSW dual degree program is an accelerated educational option to earn an undergraduate degree in sociology, criminology or psychology and a Master of Social Work.  In the BA/MSW program you will receive an interdisciplinary education that will both diversify and specialize your training and knowledge. This option is perfect for someone who is certain about his or her career path and goals. The BA/MSW degree will bridge academic disciplines to give you an advantage going into the workforce.

Sociology, criminology or psychology undergraduates interested in becoming a social worker have the option of applying for the combined Dominican BA/MSW program to complete both degrees in five years. Interested students should apply for admission during their senior year of study. 

Sociology/criminology/psychology majors may:
Take two classes in the Graduate School of Social Work during their junior year (SWK 513 and SWK 514) and their senior year (SWK510, SWK511, and an elective) with departmental approval.  These courses count toward the major and toward the 124 hours needed for the undergraduate degree, and may be applied to the master’s degree in social work (MSW).  Successful completion of these courses does not guarantee admission to this graduate program.

Upon admission to the Graduate School of Social Work, sociology, criminology or psychology students with a 3.25 GPA can apply for:

  • GSSW Summer II Course Waiver (enroll in two (2) GSSW Summer II semester courses and get one (1) Free) and
  • The Dean’s Scholarship or a Graduate Research Assistantship.

Application Process for Admission to Five-year BA/MSW:

  1. Go to socialwork.dom.edu – and choose the button on the right hand side – Apply Now
  2.  Register an account to begin the application
  3. Once you receive the prompt to login, log into the application and select:
      • What type of degree are you interested in? – Graduate
      • What school do you plan to apply to? – School of Social Work 
      • What type of student are you?  - Graduate Student
      • What program are you interested in? –Bachelor of Arts/MSW

  4,  Submit all of the same requirements as a MSW applicant, which can be found at  http://socialwork.dom.edu/admission/requirements.  

Application Process to Continue to the MSW degree

When a student is ready to graduate with their bachelor’s degree and wants to move on as a full graduate student seeking the MSW degree, he or she will now follow an abbreviated application process to gain full admission into the MSW program.  The student will need to:

  1. Go to socialwork.dom.edu – and choose the button on the right hand side – Apply Now
  2. Go back to their created account for their application and sign in.
  3. Once signed in now select:
    • What type of degree are you interested in? – Current DU Student w/Intent to Continue for MSW
    • What school do you plan to apply to? – School of Social Work 
    • What type of student are you?  - Graduate Student
    • What program are you interested in? –choose from the options listed
  4. Complete the personal information section and the school information (which will be auto-filled with Dominican University, but will have to complete start and end dates).

This abbreviated application process to continue on to the full MSW will trigger an application review. The admission committee will then confirm that the applicant has made successful progress to continue on as a full graduate student.  An admission decision will be rendered and letter/email sent to the student.