Bachelor of Social Work + MS in Nonprofit Leadership Dual-Level Program

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Driven by compassion and mercy, social workers specialize in confronting oppression and inequality. Gain the training to properly aid those that your heart already long to help, and develop the hard and soft leadership skills needed to effectively lead a team of individuals who share your convictions.

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Programmatic Credits


Standard Completion Time:

5 yrs


Why You Should Consider This Program:

Everyone needs a social worker. Whether they offer counseling in hospitals, find loving homes for children, work in drug-addicted communities, or provide basic needs through disaster relief, social workers are always offering help to individuals when they need it most. Social workers intervene in the lives of those in need by counseling individuals, locating resources, facilitating groups with common needs, and promoting change within organizations and communities. A BSW allows you help others in a way that is productive, professional, and ethical.

Earning a BSW concurrently with an MS in Nonprofit Leadership will set you apart in the job market and allow for more opportunities for growth in your career. You’ll be equipped with resources and training in financial management, fundraising, decision making, and organizational effectiveness so you can lead nonprofits and help them expand their reach and operate at their maximum potential.

How it Works:

This program condenses six years of study (four-year bachelor’s + two-year master’s) into just five years by starting master-level courses as early as your junior year. By completing both degrees together, you will also continue to receive your undergraduate scholarships and financial aid for all five years of study, which will save you thousands of dollars.

Program Highlights:

  • Learn to integrate social work theory and practice with your Christian faith to meet people’s physical, spiritual, and emotional needs
  • Complete over 500 field placement hours by the time you graduate
  • Gain experience working in rural, suburban, and urban contexts
  • Familiarize yourself with various cultures through multicultural training and interactions with diverse faculty
  • Join a robust network of alumni social workers who work in various social work fields around the world
  • Have enough credits to take the baccalaureate social work exam in Pennsylvania and at least 36 other states.
  • Be equipped to enter your desired field of service immediately after graduation
  • Take graduate-level courses 100% online

Application Details

Apply to Cairn indicating your interest in the social work major. Once you are accepted and on campus, you will have an academic advisor who will guide you through the steps of pursuing the dual-level program. 

Career Paths

  • Place children in loving homes
  • Provide safe places for those struggling with mental health
  • Help addicted individuals on the road to recovery
  • Counsel women who were recently freed from human trafficking
  • Befriend and aid the homeless populations
  • Guide students who struggle in school
  • Teach graduate-level social work
  • Create legislative change

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At a glance

Program Credits


Standard Completion Time

5 yrs

Programmatic Accreditation
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
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