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BA/MSW in Social Work (joint degree with Yeshiva University)

University of Mount Saint Vincent (BA) – Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work (MSW) Program

In collaboration with Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, the University of Mount Saint Vincent offers students a five-year pathway to a joint BA Sociology/Master in Social Work (MSW). Students earn 90 credits directly from Mount Saint Vincent, completing a prescribed curricular pathway; they then take 60 credits of coursework at Yeshiva University. The initial 30 credits of Yeshiva University coursework are recognized as fulfilling the final 30 credits of required coursework at Mount Saint Vincent. Students are awarded the BA in Sociology upon completion of the required 120 credits, and an MSW upon the successful completion of the final 30 credits of required coursework at Yeshiva/Wurzweiler.

Admission Requirements 

  • Students must have completed 90 credits by the end of their junior year at the University of Mount Saint Vincent, including the completion of core requirements, as well as the requirements for the sociology major (the four required sociology courses, plus three courses in the social work concentration)
  • Have earned an cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all Mount Saint Vincent courses and a GPA of at least 3.5 in sociology courses
  • The more substantive a student’s academic record—for example an internship and/or community service volunteer activities, such as activities sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry, including Midnight Run, POTS, etc.), the more competitive the student will be as an applicant for conditional admission

Application and Transition Process

  • Students apply to Yeshiva University for admission to the graduate program by February 1 of the spring semester of their junior year.
  • Upon acceptance, students begin the joint program curriculum at Yeshiva University in the fall of their senior year (“transitional year”). As noted in the sample curriculum, students take 30 credits as graduate students at Yeshiva in the fourth year.
  • After completing the fourth year at Yeshiva University, students graduate with a BA in sociology from the University of Mount Saint Vincent.
  • Upon maintaining minimum academic requirements at Yeshiva University, students are invited to complete the final year of the MSW program during the fifth year.

Program Requirements

Requirements Credits
Core Requirements 46
Sociology Major 30
Open Electives 14
Wurzweiler Transition Year (fourth year) 30
Total  120

University of Mount Saint Vincent students are eligible for all standard institutional aid as Mount Saint Vincent undergraduates for the initial 90 credits of coursework.

Upon entry into the Yeshiva University MSW program (the fourth year), students will pay a per credit hour special rate negotiated with Yeshiva/Wurzweiler—and will not receive University of Mount Saint Vincent institutional aid for the transitional (fourth) year. Students continuing to live on Mount Saint Vincent’s campus will, however, remain eligible for the University’s Resident Merit Scholarship for the fourth year. Students will still be eligible for Pell/TAP and external financial aid available to undergraduates, and will continue to pay associated University of Mount Saint Vincent fees (i.e.: technology and student activities).