College of DuPage Offers Smooth Path to Earning Social Work Degree Through New Partnership with MVNU

By: Angela Mennecke

Students studying in a College of DuPage classroom

College of DuPage Human Services students now have streamlined transfer opportunities to pursue advanced studies in social work thanks to a new agreement between COD and Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio. The transfer agreement allows students who have earned their Human Services A.A.S. degree from COD to seamlessly transfer to MVNU’s online Bachelor of Social Work program.

Jason Florin, COD Professor and Human Services Program Chair, said the partnership lays the groundwork for student success beyond COD’s classrooms.

“Becoming part of a pre-established transfer program at COD takes away a lot of the frustration,” he said. “Students can start off their education journey on a clear path.”

To begin MVNU’s online Bachelor of Social Work program, students must have completed 56 credit hours at COD, completed five of seven required foundation and cognate courses and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher; or must have completed all seven required foundation and cognate courses and have a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher. A bachelor’s degree in social work is the first step to becoming a Licensed Social Worker (LSW).

In addition to the partnership with MVNU, COD students also can take advantage of the 3+1 Bachelor of Arts in Human Services partnership with National Louis University. Through the partnership, students take their first three years of study through COD, while the fourth year is taught by NLU faculty on COD’s campus at a reduced tuition rate.

“This program exemplifies College of DuPage's mission to make education more affordable for its students while stressing academic quality, first-class faculty and extraordinary learning environments,” Florin said. “The partnership with National Louis University has been a great success for our students with approximately 25 students transferring each year and more than 100 graduates in total.”

For more information about the transfer agreement with MVNU or the 3+1 program with National Louis University, contact Florin at or (630) 942-2043.

The Human Services program at College of DuPage is dedicated to providing quality instruction and in-depth clinical training for individuals interested in serving and assisting people in the areas of Addictions, Applied Gerontology, Corrections, Developmental Disabilities, Domestic/Family Violence, Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Residential Child Care. The program includes two Associates in Applied Science degrees: the Human Services Generalist and Addictions Counseling, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree through the 3+1 program in partnership with National Louis University. The program also offers the following certificates: Applied Gerontology, Corrections Counseling, Developmental Disabilities, Domestic/Family Violence, Fund Development, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Residential Child Care and Veterans Counseling.