Dual BPS & MSW In Social Work

Program Description

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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FAQ

The Dual Bachelor and Master’s program in Social Work through the College of Mount Saint Vincent and Wurzweiler School of Social Work, is an affordable, rigorous, and convenient combined Social Work undergraduate and graduate program. 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.

We are proud to have partnered with Wurzweiler School of Social Work, a prestigious college featuring a world-class Social Work department. Founded as part of Yeshiva University in 1957, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work is proud to be part of a university system that has ranked No. 1 in New York and No. 2 in the nation for students in advanced degree programs.

We are also proud to have partnered with the College of Mount Saint Vincent for the undergraduate Bachelor of Professional Studies component of the degree. CMSV is a highly ranked college featuring an outstanding undergraduate psychology and sociology department. Among the five oldest colleges in New York City, CMSV offers more than 70 nationally recognized programs, including a full array of majors and minors in the sciences and mathematics, the humanities, arts, and social sciences, and professional preparation in accounting, business, communication, education, and nursing.

Both the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and CMSV are fully accredited colleges and their degreesa re accepted nationwide. Students have used their bachelor’s degree earned at CMSV for admittance into master’s programs in a wide variety of colleges.
The MSW program at WSSW is CSWE accredited.

Through the dual-degree program, the student takes less credits than she would if she completed each portion of the degree separate. Through this program, the student takes 150 instead of 180credits. The result is a significant savings of time and expense as detailed below: In a traditional social work pathway, the student first completes a 120-credit bachelor’s degree, followed by a 60-credit master’s degree for a total of 180 credits. The total cost for this pathway is $70,000. Of that total, only $18,000 would potentially be eligible for FAFSA grants for qualifying students. The remaining $52,000 is only eligible to be covered by FAFSA loans. In 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 total cost for the dual-degree pathway is only $56,500.
Additionally, since the first 30 credits of the master’s program are counted toward the bachelor’s program, qualifying students may be eligible to apply for FAFSA grants to assist with tuition for that portion of the degree as well.

Absolutely. Graduates of any qualifying Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts program can apply for the MSW program. However, those in the dual-degree program will enjoy the benefits of lower costs, potentially larger FAFSA scholarships, and additional social work training at the undergraduate level.

Yes. Sara Schenirer has partnered with the Wurzweiller School of Social Work to offer a full MSW program for students who have not joined the Dual-Degree program. That program is available in class and online. Details are available upon request.

The full undergraduate and graduate combined program can be completed in just seven semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall = 27 months).

Yes, up to 36 seminary credits may be accepted toward the degree program by the CMSV.

Both WSSW and CMSV pride themselves on offering superior education and student support in a culturally sensitive environment. They are very understanding of our unique requirements and religious sensitivities and have worked diligently to provide an environment suitable for a Bais Yaakov graduate while meeting its academic standards.

It certainly can be. In fact, that is the primary reason why we carefully screen each applicant to ensure suitability and maturity. The subject matter is intense and requires great sensitivity, emotional depth, and experience.
Our college partners have worked with us to understand the potential problems inherent in this field and helped us design a program that largely avoids them. Additionally, their faculty is drawn from within our community, and great effort is made to review all material to ensure appropriateness and proper presentation. Regarding fieldwork, every attempt is made to place students in suitable environments for their supervised fieldwork.
Nevertheless, the nature of the subject matter under discussion and fieldwork settings, can at times mandate exposure to topics, lifestyles, and attitudes that oppose our accepted cultural norms. Students are strongly encouraged to consult a mentor or halachic advisor before embarking upon this field of study

• High school transcript with a minimum GPA of 3.5
• Passing score on Introductory Psychology CLEP/Cooper smith Exam, or equivalent. Review materials and exams are available through Sara Schenirer. Please see below for details.

The Office of the Registrar at CMSV 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 MSV College GPA. The transfer credit planner will also be shared with the student’s advisor to assist with schedule creation and developing a graduationplan.

This program can be taken in two formats: in-class or live-online.

  • In-Class – At the undergraduate level, classes are offered Sunday mornings, and one or two weeknights at our in-class locations (2-3 times weekly), as well as one static-online class. At the graduate level, classes are either Sunday or one weekday morning, as well as one live-online weeknight class and one static-online class.
  • Online – This program is also available entirely fully online utilizing our unique Sara Schenirer Anywhere live-online platform. A sample of this online format can be viewed here. This platform allows us to offer all classes online in a synchronous format where students and professors see, speak, and hear each other in real time. Classes take place at set times, and students enjoy all the benefits of a live classroom without the hassle and expense of travel, parking, and inclement weather. The class schedule follows the format of the in-class schedule.

For this program, we feature locations in Boro Park, Crown Heights, Far Rockaway, and Monsey.

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.

Wurzweiler’s experienced fieldwork coordinators maintain a vast network of contacts and will do their utmost to ensure suitable placements for you. We recognize that the quality of the fieldwork experience is important to you from a professional and hashkafic standpoint, and every effort is expended to locate opportunities for our students that will complement their needs and standards. Students will also benefit from ongoing contact and support from our highly attentive field coordinators

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-creditcourse-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.

Eligible students can receive financial aid in the form of grants for their undergraduate studies, and grants and loans for their graduate studies. Please see above for a breakdown of how much of the tuition is grant vs. loan eligible.
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.

CMSV and WSSW credits can be transferred to most colleges and universities. Students relocating to approved Sara Schenirer locations may continue their degree at their new location under most conditions. Students may also opt to join the online program under certain circumstances.

Fall semester classes begin at the beginning of September.

To apply, you must complete an application which is available only through our office. To request an application, please email applications@sarasch.com.
When completing the application, you will be requested to supply

  • High School Transcript
  • Personal Statement (minimum 300 words – typed)
  • Two References (These need not be your teacher, principal, or employer)
  • Personal Photograph

Even if you do not have these available at the time of application, we recommend submitting your application immediately and submitting the requested documents as they become available.
Once your application is submitted with all the required documents, an interview will be scheduled to continue the admissions process.

Registration is always open. Applications are accepted until approximately four weeks before the start of the semester. Please inquire about specific dates for the coming semester.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to call our office 718-633-8557 ext. 32, or email information@sarasch.com, and as always, we will be happy to assist you further.

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Course Listing

ENG 325

Professional Writing

SOC 302

Race and Ethnicity

SOC 210

 Intro to Social Work

SOC 301

Social Problems (Contemporary and Moral Issues)

PSYC 327

Interviewing and counseling (Cross referenced as Sociology course)

SOC 361

Foundations of Justice (Criminal Justice Adminstration)

SOC 315

 Special Topics in Sociology

SOC 306

The Family (The Human Condition)

SOC 312

Social Work Practice

COMM 210

(Non Transferable) – Public Speaking (Political Communication)

Where can your degree take you?

Counseling Services

Social work counselors listen to and offer support for their clients, typically in a private practice setting. They use tools like psychotherapy to assess their client’s mental health. They also help clients access other other social services.

Child Welfare Services

Child welfare social workers advocate for children suffering from abuse, neglect, or disability. Those working for adoption agencies also help families with adoptions and foster care services. They work in schools, government agencies, and family service agencies.

Community Mental Health Center

This social work career path focuses on clients who suffer from mental illness. They usually work as part of a team of psychologists, therapists, and counselors. These social workers help clients find employment, housing, jobs, and other services. They also help clients with day-to-day living.

Social Services

Social services workers provide community services such as food subsidies, homeless shelters, job training, and medical care. They also help people connect to and properly use these services.

Nursing Home

Social workers in nursing homes advocate for their clients’ general wellbeing. They protect elderly patients against abuse and support clients and their families through medical, financial, and emotional decisions.

Hospital

Social workers in hospitals help patients navigate the financial, emotional, and social implications of an illness or medical condition. They support patients’ families and serve as a point of communication between patients, their families, and doctors.

Health Care

Health care social workers work in hospitals, clinics, outpatient health centers, and hospice centers. They help patients understand the financial, emotional, and social repercussions of their condition. Sometimes they help clients navigate medical options or create end-of-life plans.

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

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