BRIDGE Program

Committed to educating students for practice in an increasingly global world, and to serving the growing needs of immigrants and refugees, SSW offers the innovative BRIDGE Program (Building Refugee and Immigrant Degrees for Graduate Education). Designed to address the absence of in-community, ethnic social workers, the BRIDGE Program trains and supports participants, who are either refugees or immigrants themselves, for success in a social work academic program.

The overall aim of the BRIDGE Program is to open up access to graduate social work education for refugees and immigrants, thereby addressing critical needs in the human services workforce. Hence, this program will increase the number of professionally trained social workers from underserved culturally and linguistically diverse newcomer populations. The name is indicative, since the unique components and supports of this innovative program will provide a transitional bridge from these ethnic communities to academic communities where social work is taught at the graduate level.

Starting in the 1990s as the Refugees and Immigrants Training Program (RITIP), the BRIDGE Program trains students to work with many underserved refugee and immigrant communities across the U.S.

Application & Admission

Applying and getting accepted to the BRIDGE Program is different from applying to the School of Social Work. BRIDGE prepares participants for applying to a Master of Social Work (MSW) program.

Students are encouraged to apply if:

  • They are interested in exploring higher education and careers in social work/human services; and
  • They were born in another country and received a bachelor’s degree either outside of the United States or in the United States within the last five years.