AB/AM Program (SW)

Complete your UChicago undergraduate and graduate degrees in 5 years instead of 6.

If you want a role in promoting social justice and creating a more equitable world, your graduate studies can have no better start than at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. Consider the Crown Family School advantage by pursuing a joint AM degree in Social Work, Social Policy, and Social Administration.

At the Crown Family School, we challenge our students to dig deeper to understand the root causes and human costs of social problems. Our community of faculty, alumni, and students is proactive. We reach beyond easy explanations and standard responses.

Qualified University of Chicago College students who wish to pursue a joint AM degree in Social Work, Social Policy, and Social Administration at the Crown Family School should consult with their AB/AM adviser in the College and with the Crown Family School's Admissions Office as soon as their first year, but no later than early in their third year to start their application.

Students will need a GPA of 3.25 or higher and to have completed their general education requirements by the end of their third year. Students are encouraged to complete their BA major requirements before beginning graduate study, but this is not a requirement. The Joint AB/AM program in Social Work, Social Policy, and Social Administration provides students the flexibility to complete some requirements in their major, including a BA thesis, in the combined AB/AM year. Please contact the Admissions Office of the Crown Family School for consultation.  

AB/AM students take nine to ten courses in their fourth College year. (Crown Family School first-year courses can be used as electives for the College degree). Students also complete a field placement (an evaluated internship of approximately 16 hours per week) that spans the Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters. Students complete their second field placement (approximately 16-24 hours per week) during the second year of joint residence. 

AB/AM students enter joint residence status during the three quarters prior to the anticipated date of College graduation, during which time they will be charged tuition at Crown Family School’s graduate rates.

College Years 1-2: Visit the Crown Family School and consider taking a course at the Crown Family School during your second year to see if the program is a good fit. Meet with your College adviser and with Crown Family School Admissions to discuss your plans.

College Year 3: Apply to the Crown Family School. Meet with the College AB/AM adviser in autumn quarter. 

College Year 4/Crown Family School Year 1: Begin joint residence status: 1st year of AM program. AB/AM students are charged tuition at Crown Family School's graduate rates. Graduate with AB in major.

Crown Family School Year 2: Residence in the Crown Family School status. Students complete Crown courses and second field placement (approximately 16-24 hours per week). Graduate with AM in Social Work, Social Policy, and Social Administration.

Academic Pathways for Year 1 at the Crown Family School

If a student completes the requirements in their major, has not taken classes in the Crown Family School, and is not writing a thesis,* their schedule might look like this:

FallWinterSpring
301301Three courses similar to regular AM students in social admin or clinical practice
300300
Diversity & Inclusion requirementHBSE/302/other AM requirement
FieldFieldField
3 classes plus field3 classes plus field3 classes plus field

*If requirements are completed, have not taken classes in Crown, and is doing thesis, please contact Crown at admissions@crownschool.uchicago.edu.

If a student completes their requirements in their major, has taken SSAD 25002 (Autumn 300) or SSAD 25810 (Winter 300), and is not writing a thesis,* their schedule might look like this:

FallWinterSpring
301301Three courses similar to regular AM students in social admin or clinical practice
300 if did not take 25002; If took 25002, another AM requirement300 if did not take 25810; If took 25810, HBSE/302/other AM requirement
Diversity & Inclusion requirementHBSE/302/other AM requirement
FieldFieldField
3 classes plus field3 classes plus field3 classes plus field

If a student is writing a thesis for their major, has completed all other requirements for the major, and has taken SSAD 25002 or SSAD 25810, their schedule might look like this:

FallWinterSpring
301301467 for social admin; clinical methods for clinical practice
300 if did not take 25002;*
If took 25002, no additional class
300 if did not take 25810;  
If took 25810, HBSE/302/other AM requirement
One additional class for either social admin or clinical practice or core requirement (if cannot waive 302 or 327)
Diversity & Inclusion requirement
Thesis seminarThesis seminarThesis seminar
FieldFieldField
3 to 4 courses plus field 3 to 4 courses plus field 3 to 4 courses plus field 

*Students taking Fall 300 and the thesis seminar would need approval for a one-course overload from the Crown Family School for the quarter, or they might take the D&I requirement in Winter. 

If a student has 2-3 course requirements left to fulfill for their major, has taken SSAD 25002 or SSAD 25810, and is not writing a thesis, their schedule might look like this:

FallWinterSpring
301301467 for social admin; clinical methods for clinical practice
300 if did not take 25002; 
If took 25002, Requirement for major
 
300 if did not take 25810;
If took 25810, Requirement for major
One additional class for either social admin or clinical practice or core requirement (if cannot waive 302 or 327)
Diversity & Inclusion requirementHBSE/302/other AM requirement/Major requirementHBSE/302/other AM requirement/Major requirement
FieldFieldField
3 courses plus field 3 courses plus field 3 courses plus field 

To apply, please visit the admissions page.