MSW with University of Louisville (4+2.5)

Contact Person

Sharmain van Blommestein, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies/Assistant Professor and Director, Graduate Program 249 Morey Hall, (315) 267-3158,


  • Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Potsdam
  • Masters of Social Work from University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work

The Kent School of Social Work and SUNY Potsdam have established an agreement which allows qualified students who have earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s and Gender Studies to complete the MSW degree in an additional 2½ years. With the combination of these two degrees, students will have the tools of social change to address the historic problems of gender inequality and injustice. Social work is a profession for those with a desire to improve people’s lives.

Requirements for this program:

While completing the Women’s and Gender Studies major at SUNY Potsdam, students will substitute three 500 level WGS courses in the Social-Political and Science-Health Perspectives for lower-level courses (faculty approval required). Students must complete Human Biology, (fulfills the SB Gen Ed requirement), and Statistics, (fulfills the FM Gen Ed requirement), and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.

Benefits of this program are the following:

  • Reduced cost (SUNY Potsdam WGS majors pay in-state tuition costs see
  • Shortened time to degree: SUNY Potsdam WGS majors complete the MSW degree in 2½ instead of 3 years
  • Choice of location for practicum: SUNY Potsdam WGS majors can choose the geographic location and focus for their practicum
  •  Kent School of Social Work Courses will be available online starting Fall 2012
  • Graduates are qualified for: ACSW New York State licensure exam

For more information, see the MSW with University of Louisville Brochure (PDF).