The Abilene Christian University School of Social Work seeks, within the context of a Christian higher education institution, to prepare graduates to be effective and ethical professionals who incorporate best evidence in practice; promote social justice for vulnerable persons everywhere through service and leadership roles; and advance social work knowledge through research and other scholarly activities.
The School of Social Work offers a Master of Science in Social Work (M.S.S.W.) degree and a Graduate Certificate in Social Services Administration, which may be completed while in the M.S.S.W. program of study.
The ACU M.S. in Social Work program offers an innovative curriculum aimed at preparing leading social work practitioners in the field. Designed to produce versatile social work leaders, students are able to incorporate their faith and employ technology into their work in the program. Students identify and make use of what works from the most promising interventions and forward-thinking programs and policies to empower and instill hope in their clients, in essence promoting positive social change.
The two programs of study leading toward a M.S. in Social Work are the Standard and Advanced Standing programs. 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 Advanced Standing Program is for students who have completed a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from a program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. Following a 6-hour summer seminar, Advanced Standing students move directly into the 38-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 M.S. in Social Work degree concurrently with the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree.
The M.S.S.W program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).