Dual BPS & MSW In Social Work


Embark on a Career in Social Work Through Our Unique Dual Degree in Social Work

A career in Social Work is well within your reach through the Dual Bachelor and Master’s program in Social Work offered by The College of Mount Saint Vincent and Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Upon completion of the 150-credit program, the student graduates with a Master of Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Criminology and Social Issues from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Wurzweiler’s Master of Social Work degree prepares you to make a difference in the lives of others.

This accelerated and highly affordable degree program will prepare you with knowledge, values, and skills needed to succeed as a professional Social Worker.

Through the dual-degree program, the student takes the first 90 credits of the bachelor’s program with CMSV. Upon successfully reaching the 90-credit threshold, the student may apply to join the Wurzweiler MSW program for the remaining 60 credits, the first 30 of which will be counted toward her bachelor’s degree by CMSV, as well as toward her master’s degree by WSSW. The advantage of this dual-degree arrangement is that the student takes only 150 credits instead of 180 credits.

At the undergraduate level and the first semester of the graduate level (12 months), students do not perform any fieldwork. At the graduate level, during each of the final four semesters (16 months), students taking a full course-load will be required to perform 21 hours of fieldwork per week under the supervision of their on-site supervisor.

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Degree Facts

  • 3 semesters through CMSV, 4 semesters through Wurzweiler
  • Classes conveniently offered Sundays (half-day) and weeknights
  • Locations: Brooklyn, Monsey, Crown Heights, The Five Towns and Online
  • Generous transfer credit policy*

*Up to 36 seminary credits may be accepted toward the degree program

The Office of the Registrar at the College of Mt. St. Vincent grants transfer credits to students who have completed courses at accredited institutions and have provided their official transcripts for evaluation. The Office of the Registrar evaluates and accepts only credits that are applicable to the student’s program of study and reflect a final grade of ‘C’ or above. Accepted credits are applied to the student’s record, reflected on their academic planner, but not calculated into their Concordia College GPA. The transfer credit planner will also be shared with the student’s advisor to assist with schedule creation and developing a graduation plan.

Per the Regulations of the Commissioner of the Education Department of the State of New York, CMSV is not authorized to offer a complete program at an extension site.

Tuition

The degree is comprised of two parts: undergraduate studies through CMSV, and graduate studies through WSSW. The undergraduate portion of the degree requires two semesters, and the graduate portion requires five semesters.

  • Undergraduate: Tuition for the first two semesters (Fall & Spring) at the undergraduate level through CMSV is $400 per credit for a total of $6,000 per term, assuming the student takes the full 15-credit course-load. Total = $12,000. (Eligible students can apply for FAFSA grants and loans for these two semesters.)
  • Graduate: During the final five semesters, the student is enrolled in the WSSW Master of Social Work program which costs $741.60 per credit. Total: 60 credits x $741.60 = $44,496.

(Eligible students can apply for FAFSA grants and loans for the first three semesters, and loans only for the last two.)

Depending on how many credits a student transfers into the program, she may need a limited number of college-level exams. Each 3-credit college-level exam costs $160.

Financial Aid

Eligible students can receive financial aid in the form of grants for their undergraduate studies, and grants and loans for their graduate studies.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be completed online at this link. Mount St. Vincent’s FAFSA school code is 002703. Be sure to complete the correct year’s application.

The TAP application is available approximately one week after the FAFSA is submitted, at this link, and should be completed by New York State residents only. CMSV’s TAP code is 0130.

Do not apply for FAFSA for WSSW until you are accepted into the MSW portion of the program.

Employment

The need for social workers within the Jewish community has steadily emerged in recent years. Unprecedented population growth has amplified the demand for qualified professionals well-acquainted with the unique needs of our communities and cultural perspectives in the mental/emotional health and human services fields. Opportunities for specialization abound, and the availability of employment positions is higher than ever.

Nationally, the outlook is strong as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The employment of social workers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for health care and social services, but will vary by specialty.”

Through its college partners, Sara Schenirer has successfully trained many social workers who are highly respected in the field and enjoy outstanding employment opportunities.

Why It Works

  • Satisfying and meaningful occupation
  • Ideal for private and group practitioners
  • Outstanding career growth
  • Undergraduate and graduate degree are combined at an affordable price
  • The dual degree program reduces total time and expense of a social work degree
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