Social Work (3+2) Program


The social work program at Hiram isn’t a traditional major. Rather, it’s a 3+2-year program that partners with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland to allow you to get your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years instead of six. The program prepares you not only for social work testing requirements, but also for a diverse range of careers.

You start by completing 90 credit hours at Hiram College in your chosen major, usually sociology or psychology. Within those 90 hours, you complete all your core requirements, major requirements, and social or behavioral science requirements for the 3+2 program. You must complete these 90 credit hours within three years, which means you’ll complete your capstone project in your junior year. Successful students are highly motivated and self-directed as they complete this accelerated program.

Pursuing a minor in the 3+2 social work program is possible, but challenging. To complete all the requirements for your minor on top of your core, major and 3+2 requirements, you need to start pursuing the 3+2 program by the time you are in your second semester at Hiram.

During your third year at Hiram, you’ll go through a rigorous application process to the Master of Science in Social Administration (equivalent to the Master of Social Work, or M.S.W.) at Case. The two-year program has a 100-year history of educating social workers and is ranked first in Ohio and ninth in the nation for social work, so it is highly selective.

After you complete all your academic and admission requirements, you’ll gain entry to Case’s MSSA program. At the end of your first year at Case, you’ll graduate from Hiram with a Bachelor of Arts degree in your chosen major. After that, you’ll complete your fifth and final year of school at Case.

For additional program requirements visit the Social Work information page.