B.S. in Human Development and Master's of Social Work

Human Development Social Program and Social Work | Graduate, Undergraduate

Complete a B.S. degree and an M.S.W. degree in five years instead of six, reducing both time and costs.

The Howard University School of Social Work Master of Social Work degree program is a program of graduate level education that requires satisfactory completion of sixty (60) credit hours, culminating with the degree of Master of Social Work (MSW). Students specialize in one of two social work practice method concentrations:

  • Direct Practice or
  • Community, Administration and Policy Practice.

Students also specialize in one of the six social work fields of practice specializations that are offered:

  • family and child welfare services;
  • criminal justice;
  • mental health;
  • health;
  • social gerontology and
  • displaced populations.

Program Details

  • Degree Classification: Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Related Degrees: B.S., M.S.W.
  • Program Frequency: Full-Time
  • Format: In Person

Admission Requirements

Students with the B.S. Human Development degree will complete their undergraduate degree requirements of 120 credits in three years.

Students with the B.S. Human Development degree will be admitted to the School of Social Work, provided that they successfully meet these criteria:

  • Possess an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0;
  • Provide four letters of recommendation, including at least one from a faculty member in the Undergraduate Program in Human Development, Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies. These letters must speak to the applicant's readiness for a social work degree;
  • Provide a Statement of Interest essay indicating their interest, preparation and readiness for the social work degree;
  • Satisfactorily pass the School of Social Work Expository Writing Exam or successful completion of pre-enrollment writing course;
  • A history of employment or volunteer experience related to social work is preferred.

Caution to Prospective Students

The Board of Trustees of Howard University on September 24, 1983, adopted the following policy statement regarding applications for admission: "Applicants seeking admission to Howard University are required to submit accurate and complete credentials and accurate and complete information requested by the University. Applicants who fail to do so shall be denied admission. Enrolled students who as applicants failed to submit accurate and complete credentials or accurate and complete information on their application for admission shall be subject to dismissal when the same is made known, regardless of classification."

All credentials must be sent to:

 Howard University Graduate School 
Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
2400 Sixth Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20059