UB School of Social Work, Canisius University Announce Accelerated Degree Program

March 17, 2022

Buffalo, NY - Highly motivated Canisius University students, who want to build on their undergraduate education with top-notch social work training, will be able to accelerate their course of study by completing both their BA or BS in psychology and the MSW in approximately five years under a new agreement between Canisius University and the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.

This recently signed cooperative agreement, newly announced by UB School of Social Work Dean Keith Alford and Canisius Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Thomas A. Chambers, marks the first time that the UB School of Social Work partnered with a private college to offer a 3+2 program.

The 3+2 Program is open to Canisius students who, by the completion of their third year of enrollment at the college, complete a minimum of 90 credits, including the common core and psychology major requirements. Canisius students interested in the 3+2 Program will be provided with individual academic advisement during the completion of the three-year degree plan. 

“We are delighted about this collaboration with Canisius University,” said Dean Alford. “We will benefit by attracting some of the very best Canisius students who wish to pursue a career in the social work profession, and the students will benefit by completing both their undergraduate and graduate education in five years rather than six,” he continued.

“Students will be able to combine the top-notch Jesuit liberal arts education that Canisius offers with an outstanding professional program at the University at Buffalo” said Chambers. “Quality, value, and strong career outcomes continue to set Canisius University apart.”

Visit Canisius University and the University at Buffalo for more information and details regarding application deadlines. 

One of 27 Jesuit universities in the nation, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York. Canisius prepares leaders – intelligent, caring, faithful individuals – able to pursue and promote excellence in their professions, their communities, and their service to humanity.

The University at Buffalo School of Social Work offers a highly ranked MSW program within the largest and most comprehensive research university in the State University of New York system. The school is ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 10 percent of schools of social work across the country and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.