Students interested in social work may wish to pursue a dual/joint 5-year program that would lead to a bachelor’s degree, from Mount Saint Mary College in Human Services , Psychology or Sociology , and a master’s in social work (MSW) from Fordham University’s School of Social Services. In this 3 + 2 program, students spend the first three years at the Mount taking a combination of liberal arts courses designed to fulfill the general education requirement for a bachelor’s degree and courses which fulfill the requirements for a human services, psychology or sociology major while, at the same time, establishing the student’s eligibility for admission to the MSW program at Fordham.
To be eligible for admission into the MSW program at Fordham, students must attain a 3.0 GPA during the three years at Mount Saint Mary College. All admission requirements must be completed by the end of the sixth semester. Students meeting these criteria must submit an application, which will be reviewed at Mount Saint Mary College by the Social Work Advisory Committee. If they recommend acceptance into the Fordham program, the Fordham University School of Social Services will then make a final decision on the application.
This accelerated program is competitive and there are a limited number of positions of entry into the professional phase at Fordham. Students, who do not gain admission into the professional program at Fordham during their third year, may remain at the Mount and complete the requirements for their bachelor’s degree.
The following are the courses that must be taken during the first three years at Mount Saint Mary College in order for the student to be considered for acceptance into the Fordham MSW 3+ 2 program. Typically, a minimum of two years of residency at Mount Saint Mary College are necessary in order to complete the required major courses.