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Program Overview

The Five-Year Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work (BA/MSW) Program is an opportunity available to exceptional students currently enrolled at Boston College pursuing a BA in Applied Psychology and Human Development in the Lynch School of Education or a BA in Psychology or Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences who want the challenge of working directly with individuals, families, and groups or with community-based social service organizations, developing innovative solutions to solve today’s complex problems, as they earn their BA and MSW in five years of study. Students begin the Social Work foundation courses during their junior and senior years and receive the BA at the end of four years and the MSW after the fifth year. Each degree is conferred upon completion of the requirements specified by each respective school.

Degrees Awarded

Social Work/Applied Psychology and Human Development: BA/MSW Curriculum Plan (PDF)

Social Work/Psychology: BA/MSW Curriculum Plan (PDF)

Social Work/Sociology: BA/MSW Curriculum Plan (PDF)

Department/School Liaisons

  • Sociology: Sara Moorman, Assistant Professor, 617-552-4130,
  • Psychology: Michael Moore, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, 617-552-4119,
  • Lynch School of Education: Julia DeVoy, Associate Dean, 617-552-4204,, or Maureen Raymond, Associate Director, Undergraduate Student Services, 617-552-1858,

Application Timeline

Students must submit the application to enroll in MSW courses by April 15 of their sophomore year. Other materials may be sent in after the deadline. Applications will not be reviewed until the sophomore second-semester grades are submitted. Decisions regarding acceptance will be made by early June of the year in which the student is applying. Students in the BA/MSW Program are not able to participate in Junior Year study abroad programs. Students who are not offered admission into the BA/MSW Program are welcome to re-apply to the MSW program to enroll upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

Application Process and Requirements

  • Complete the electronic application form.
  • Choose "BA/MSW" as your intended program.
  • The application fee is waived for applicants to the BA/MSW Program.
  • Submit your Boston College undergraduate transcript including grades through the end of your sophomore year.
  • Enter the name of one recommender via the electronic application form.
  • Submit your personal statement, which should be 2-3 pages double-spaced, and address your career goals, experience, and motivation for applying to the program.
  • The GRE is not required for admission.

Send the above materials to:

Boston College School of Social Work
Admissions Processing Center
P.O. Box 67405
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Materials may also be hand delivered to the School of Social Work Admissions office in McGuinn Hall 221.

Personal statements may also be uploaded as a PDF in your Agora Portal "Applicant Status" link.