Social Work Accelerated Graduate Pathway

Program Type
Accelerated Graduate Pathway
Leads to Master of Social Work (MSW)
Mode of Study
Pathway: Varies by major

Pathway Highlights

  • Complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as few as five years — rather than the usual six.
  • Take advantage of a time-saving & cost-saving pathway for highly motivated undergraduate students looking ahead to graduate school.
  • Save up to 15 credits worth of undergraduate fees, tuition, and expenses.
  • Declare a major in Sociology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Women and Gender Studies to be eligible for this pathway.
  • Learn from full-time faculty who are PhD-trained social work scholars with diverse areas of expertise in practice, theory, research, and policy.
  • Begin your social work career sooner with both your bachelor’s and your MSW degrees in hand.
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How the pathway works

During your final year of undergraduate study, you’ll begin taking graduate-level Social Work courses — if you meet progress standards and graduate program admissions requirements. The graduate-level courses will satisfy credit requirements for your undergraduate major as well as the first year of the Social Work graduate program.

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Program requirements

To satisfy credit requirements for both your undergraduate major and your future MSW program, you’ll be required to complete a set of prerequisite courses and maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.

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Admission to the MSW program

During your undergraduate studies, you will be required to submit the graduate program application along with all required admission materials. Your Academic Advisor will provide guidance on submitting your application.

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About our MSW program

Prepare for a career in a range of areas, including clinical social work, community practice, public policy, and more. Our graduates work in public and private sector settings in healthcare, mental health, state government, non-profits, and education.

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Frequently asked questions

Our Accelerated Graduate Pathways offer undergraduate students the opportunity to begin graduate study while completing their bachelor’s degree.

Next steps

Our helpful admissions counselors are here to answer your questions about the admissions process, our academic programs, and student support services. We also invite you to explore the many ways to visit campus or to engage with us through online experiences.

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Please note: Current USM students should contact your Academic Advisor to learn more about how the pathway can work with your current academic progress. This pathway is most beneficial when you declare it as early as possible in your undergraduate studies.