Earn a BA + MSW in 5 years

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology/Master of Social Work (MSW) dual-degree program offers an accelerated program of study for students who want to complete their BA in Sociology in 3.5 years while earning credits toward a Pacific MSW degree, which focuses on social work in health care settings.  

Pathway breakdown
  • BA in Sociology—complete in 3.5 years 
  • MSW— coursework starts in the program’s third year and completes after year 5  
  • Total time to BA & MS degree: 5 years  
  • 15 units double count toward both degrees  
  • Study at both the Stockton and Sacramento campuses  
Marcia Hernandez Chair, Department of Sociology
Faculty Voices
Fast track to social work

"Pacific’s BA+MSW program is one of the most accelerated pathways from a sociology degree to a master's degree in social work in the country. It draws on Pacific's undergraduate teaching strengths in social justice and inequality, as well as its strong reputation in health and human services. The program is helping to train a new generation of social workers in one of the fastest growing professions in California." — Marcia Hernandez, Chair, Department of Sociology


  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology 
  • Master of Social Work 

Health care social work careers

  • Provide support for individuals and groups to cope with chronic, acute or terminal illnesses
  • Offer counseling and information
  • May provide case management to prevent disease and address barriers to health care access

Health care social worker salaries

Northern California’s health care social workers are the highest paid in America. In Sacramento, the average salary is $91,000. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2021)

Contact Us

Department of Sociology Chair: Marcia Hernandez

Master of Social Work Chair and Program Director: Amanda West