Graduate School - School of Social Work
Paul Ammons, Professor
Stephen Baldridge, Assistant Professor
Susan Clark, Associate Professor
Bill Culp, Associate Professor
Stephanie Hamm, Assistant Professor
Alan Lipps, Assistant Professor
Wayne Paris, Associate Professor
Thomas L. Winter, Professor
Our mission is to prepare graduates to be competent practitioners who are able to incorporate their faith and best evidence into practice; to advance social work knowledge through research and other scholarly activities; and to promote social justice worldwide through leadership roles in the social services.
The ACU MSSW program offers an innovative curriculum aimed at preparing leading edge social work practitioners. It is designed to produce versatile social work leaders who are able to incorporate their faith and employ technology to identify and make use of what works – the most promising interventions, the most forward-thinking programs and policies - to empower and instill hope in their clients and to promote positive social change.
There are two programs of study leading toward the MSSW: Standard and Advanced Standing. Both the Standard and Advanced standing programs may be through part-time enrollment. The Standard Program requires two years of full-time study (64 hours). The first year introduces important ideas and concepts that are at the heart of what it means to be a social worker and to engage in evidence-based practice. The second year concentrates on evidence-based social interventions with systems of various sizes. The standard program may be completed in four years of half-time enrollment status. The advanced standing program may be completed in two years of part-time enrollment status.
The Advanced Standing Program is for students who have completed a BSW from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Following a 6-hour summer seminar, Advanced Standing students move directly into the 32-hour second year of study.
Both programs combine classroom study with supervised internships in social service agencies and include either a thesis or a research project suitable for dissemination.
In cooperation with the Graduate School of Theology, the School of Social Work has developed plans whereby students could pursue the MSSW degree concurrently with the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) degree.
The MSSW program is seeking accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The program was granted candidacy by CSWE in October 2007, and is eligible for full accreditation in 2010. Initial accreditation automatically covers those graduating classes of students admitted while the program is in candidacy.
Applicants are required to meet all of the Admission Requirements of the Graduate School. If undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, the GRE or MAT entrance exam is required. The writing sample must be a personal statement addressing your motivation for graduate studies and entering the social work profession, and reflections on the four themes of the School of Social Work—evidence-based practice, God’s gift of diversity, faith and social work, and social justice.
Major Code: MSSW or MSSW-ADV (for Advanced Standing*)
|MSSW/MSSW- ADV Full-Time FOUNDATION COURSES (32 HOURS)||MSSW Half-Time||MSSW-ADV Half-Time|
|Social Work Research Methods|
Human Behavior in the Social Environ.
Social Welfare Policy and Services
Foun. of Evidence-Based SW Practice I
Foundation Field Practicum I
|Program and Practice Evaluation|
Diversity, Power and Oppression
Policy Analysis and Practice
Foun. of Evidence-Based Practice II
Foundation Field Practicum II
|*Summer (Required for Advanced Standing students (MSSW-ADV), optional for other students.)|
|SOCW 702||Integrative Seminar for Adv. Standing||Year 1|
|MSSW/MSSW- ADV Full-Time|
ADVANCED COURSES (32 HOURS)
|Spirituality and Social Work Practice|
Admin. and Planning for Nonprofit Org.
Spec. Top.: Psychopathology for SW
Adv. Evidence-Based Prac. Inter. I
Advanced Social Work Field Practicum I
|Globalization and Social Justice|
Mgmt. and Funding for Nonprofit Org.
Adv. Evidence-Based Practice Inter. II
Adv. Social Work Field Practicum II
Bill Culp, Advisor
Faculty from other departments who teach in this program:
The certificate in social services administration requires 15 hours, and course work may apply toward the Master of Science in Social Work degree.
Requirements for the certificate in social services administration are:
1. Core courses, 12 hours:
MGMT 532 Human Resource Management
SOCW 541 Social Welfare Policy and Services
SOCW 744 Management and Funding of Nonprofit Organizations
SOCW 745 Administration and Planning for Nonprofit Organizations