Graduate School - School of Social Work

Stephanie Hamm, Director   
Wayne Paris, MSSW Program Director
ACU Box 27866
Abilene, Texas 79699-7866
Hardin Administration Building, Room 108B 

Phone: 325-674-2072
Fax: 325-674-6525

Email: socialwork@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/socialwork

Faculty
Stephen Baldridge, Assistant Professor
Stephanie Hamm, Assistant Professor
Alan Lipps, Assistant Professor
Wayne Paris, Associate Professor 
Rachel Slaymaker, Assistant Professor
Thomas L. Winter, Professor

Mission
We strive to honor God by advocating social and economic justice for the poor and vulnerable of the earth; by celebrating the joys of diversity; by integrating faith and social work; and by building the evidence of effective social work practice.

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.

Graduate Programs
The School of Social Work offers a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) degree and a Graduate Certificate in Social Services Administration, which may be completed while in the MSSW program of study.

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 accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Admission Requirements   
While the Standard Program accepts students with a bachelor’s degree in any field, students are expected to demonstrate a broad liberal arts background, including two courses from each of the following areas: science/math, social/behavioral sciences, humanities/fine arts, and communication/language. To see if a specific course qualifies for the liberal arts background requirement, please contact the School of Social Work office. A course in statistics is highly desirable.

Admission Requirements

 Admission requirements for any program in the school of Social Work are:

  1. Complete an application and application fee (see online link to admission); 
  2. Complete a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or comparable    
      non- U.S. university (see specific department for any additions or exceptions);
  3. A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area 
      and evidence of an overall productive GPA; If undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, the GRE or MAT
      entrance exam is required. 
  4. Two letters of recommendation; 
  5. A 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.

Applications for the Standard Program are accepted for fall admission. Advanced Standing students with a recent BSW degree from a program accredited by the CSWE are admitted in June. Applications received by February 16 will receive early review, priority for scholarships, graduate assistantships and field practicum sites. Applicants who completed the BSW more than five years ago are eligible for Advanced Standing only if they are employed in the field of social services.

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SOCIAL WORK (MSSW)   

Major Code: MSSW or MSSW-ADV (for Advanced Standing*)

MSSW/MSSW- ADV Full-Time FOUNDATION COURSES (32 HOURS)MSSW Half-TimeMSSW-ADV Half-Time
Fall
SOCW 615
SOCW 625
SOCW 641
SOCW 651
SOCW 681
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
Year 1
Year 1
Year 1
Year 2
Year 2
 
Spring
SOCW 616
SOCW 626
SOCW 642
SOCW 652
SOCW 682
Program and Practice Evaluation
Diversity, Power and Oppression
Policy Analysis and Practice
Foun. of Evidence-Based Practice II
Foundation Field Practicum II
Year 1
Year 1
Year 1
Year 2
Year 2
 
*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)
MSSW
Half-Time
MSSW-ADV
Half-Time
Fall
SOCW 725
SOCW 745
or
SOCW 748
SOCW 751
SOCW 781
SOCW 799
Spirituality and Social Work Practice
Admin. and Planning for Nonprofit Org.
  or
Psychopathology for SW Practice
Adv. Evidence-Based Prac. Inter. I
Advanced Social Work Field Practicum I
Thesis
Year 3
Year 3


Year 4
Year 4
Year 4
Year 1
Year 1


Year 2
Year 2
Year 2
Spring
SOCW 741
SOCW 744
SOCW 752
SOCW 782
SOCW 799
Globalization and Social Justice
Mgmt. and Funding for Nonprofit Org.
Adv. Evidence-Based Practice Inter. II
Adv. Social Work Field Practicum II
Thesis 
Year 3
Year 3
Year 4
Year 4
Year 4
Year 1
Year 1
Year 2
Year 2
Year 2


 

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CERTIFICATE IN SOCIAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION   

ACU Box 27866
Abilene, Texas 79699-7866
Hardin Administration Building, Room 108

Phone: 325-674-2072
Fax: 325-674-6525
Web: www.acu.edu/socialwork

Faculty
Thomas L. Winter, Professor

Faculty from other departments who teach in this program:
Paul Lakey, Professor of Communication
Phillip Vardiman, Assistant Professor of Management Sciences


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

          2. Selection, 3 hours:
              COMS 642 Seminar in Communication or
              SOCI 560 Ethics and Social Issues

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