Earn a chosen bachelor's degree and M.S.W. in just five years

Undergraduate students from select majors are eligible to participate in a fast-track option that allows students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in their selected major and a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) after just five years of study.

The first three years are dedicated to completion of all required undergraduate courses. Students then enroll in M.S.W. courses during their senior year of undergraduate studies. The M.S.W. courses they complete during that year also satisfy general and directed undergraduate elective requirements, allowing them to graduate with a bachelor’s degree after four years of study. A final year of graduate coursework leads to completion of the M.S.W.

Participation in this program requires careful advisement and scheduling, as well as permission of both the undergraduate department chair and the chair of the Department of Social Work.

Eligible Undergraduate Majors

Fast-track Program Enrollment

It is important to fill out the Interest Form as soon as possible, so that we can help you stay on track with the courses you'll need to complete in order to participate in the fast-track program.

During your junior year, please fill out the Approval Form in order to request permission to enroll in M.S.W. courses during your senior year.

What Makes Us Different?

Distinctively Christian

Samford University's Master of Social Work program provides a distinctively Christian learning community that prepares graduates for lives of service as advanced social workers who promote healing, wholeness, and reconciliation.

Clinical and Global Concentrations

The Master of Social Work program offers concentrations in Clinical Social Work and Global Community Development, and prepares graduates to serve in fields such as clinical, medical, and hospice social work; human services administration; child welfare; community organizing; and international relief.

Fast-track Benefits

  • Earn a bachelor's and master's degree in just five years, beginning M.S.W. coursework during your senior year of undergraduate study
  • You may keep your undergraduate scholarships and financial aid for four years.

Program Requirements

Students must first be admitted to Samford University. To apply, visit our Admission site. Students must then meet the following requirements:

  • Entering Requirements
    • Indicate interest to Department Chair or Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management and Student Services during freshman year
    • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout all coursework
  • Progression Requirements
    • Must earn B’s or better in all M.S.W. courses to be admitted into the graduate program
    • Students who participate in the fast-track option apply for admission to the M.S.W. program during their final semester of coursework. If accepted, students are formally admitted to the M.S.W. program after the undergraduate degree is awarded


Graduates from the Master of Social Work program are prepared for a number of professional careers including:

  • Case Manager
  • Congregational Social Worker
  • International Relief Worker
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Policy Analyst
  • Community Organizer


Samford University's Master of Social Work Program was awarded full accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in June 2017.

Plans of Study

The fast-track option with Samford's Master of Social Work is current available for undergraduate student pursuing a major in Human Development and Family Science, Foods and Nutrition, Global Studies, Health Sciences, Psychology, Public Health, Religion and Sociology.

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