The BSSW to MSW Bridge Program allows you to complete a bachelor's degree in Social Work while providing you with an accelerated bridge to a master's degree in Social Work (MSW).
As a BSSW student, if you receive a grade of "B" or better in your courses, then you will receive up to 18 credit hours of graduate credit (called Advanced Standing) toward your MSW.
In addition, you can take up to 9 credit hours (3 courses) during your senior year from your selected MSW concentration (Community, Family or Health/Mental Health).
If you maintain a "B" average in each of the graduate level courses, you will graduate from the BSSW program with a total of 27 credit hours toward your MSW. You would then need to complete only 30 credit hours, instead of 57, to complete your MSW degree--saving you time and money. This bridge program is a great option for students who want to earn their social work degree in Missouri while keeping up with an already demanding schedule.
This program is offered in partnership between the School for Professional Studies and the School of Social Work. All courses offered through Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies are in an accelerated format designed for busy adults, with online, evening and weekend classes. If you're interested in earning your master's in social work at Saint Louis University, our admissions counselors would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
A student will need to apply and be admitted to the School for Professional Studies in accordance with SPS guidelines. They will then take SPS core courses (57 credits), elective courses (24 credits) and two social work courses (6 credits). After both social work courses and a minimum of 60 credit hours are completed, the student will need to apply to the School of Social Work as a social work major. After being accepted and completing 90 credit hours, the student will transfer to the School of Social Work to complete the remaining social work courses to obtain their BSSW and MSW degrees.
To learn more about earning your social work degree in Missouri from Saint Louis University, please contact us by filling out the form on this page or give us a call at 1-800-734-6736.