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 Bachelor of Arts/Master of Social Work (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 junior year of study. 

Sociology/criminology/psychology majors may take two classes in the School of Social Work during their junior year (SWK 513 and SWK 514) and their senior year (SWK 510, SWK 511 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.

Sociology/criminology Majors Plan of Study (pdf)
Psychology Majors Plan of Study (pdf)
Five-Year BA/MSW Eligibility Form (pdf)

Upon admission to the School of Social Work, sociology, criminology or psychology students with a 3.25 GPA can apply for The Dean’s Scholarship or a Graduate Research Assistantship.

Next Steps
  • Complete a graduate application for the Bachelor of Arts/MSW program option (psychology or sociology and criminology) and submit a Declaration of Interest form in fall of your sophomore year.
  • Meet with undergraduate and graduate advisors to ensure you’ll meet the coursework and academic requirements for admission to the MSW program.
  • Meet all admission requirements for the MSW. Admission is not guaranteed.
  • Read more about admission requirements and the application process.

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