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Social Work - Advanced Standing (MSSW)

Make a difference.

ACU’s innovative Master of Science in social work was designed to produce ethical, versatile, forward-thinking social work leaders who incorporate faith and employ technology in their work.

A career in social work is rewarding; you can serve individuals, their families and the greater community. You can impact positive change and promote social, economic and political justice for vulnerable people and populations.

Social workers are in demand, especially in healthcare and social services; according to the Department of Labor, careers in this field will grow faster than the average through 2024.

Are you ready to embark on a career dedicated to social change? Contact us today to learn more.

The School of Social Work offers advanced standing for eligible students in which most or all of the foundation courses can be waived; this 38-hour program begins with a one-week, 6-hour summer seminar.

Program Overview

Credit hours 38
Degree Master of Science in Social Work (M.S.S.W)
Program length 1 year
Tracks/Concentrations N/A

Coursework

You will take courses such as:

  • Field Education
  • Social Work Research Methods
  • Diversity, Power and Oppression
  • Spirituality and Social Work Practice
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What outcomes can you expect?

  • Licensed clinical social worker
  • School social worker
  • Substance abuse social worker
  • Healthcare social worker

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Admission requirements:

  • Compelete the online application;
  • Pay the $50 application fee;
  • An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent;
  • 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. Our GRE code is 6001;
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application);
  • For Advanced-Standing applicants only: one letter of recommendation must be from a former social work professor;
  • A personal statement addressing your motivation for graduate studies and entering the social work profession, including reflections on the four themes of the ACU School of Social Work- evidence-based practice, God’s gift of diversity, faith and social work, and social justice;
  • A second writing sample in the form of a formal graded (returned with feedback) senior level assignment of at least five pages from the student's undergraduate work (or acceptable alternative). Contact the School of Social Work for a grading rubric;
  • A "field practicum assessment" must be submitted by students who have graduated from a CSWE accredited BSW/BSSW program and are applying to advanced standing status (1 year program);
  • 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 humanities/fine arts, and communication/language. A course in statistics is highly desirable;
  • Advanced-standing program eligibility includes a completed Bachelor of Science in Social Work or Bachelor of Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited program within the past five years; cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in B.S.S.W. or B.S.W. course work; and acceptable field practicum evaluation;
  • Applications for the Standard Program are accepted for fall admission. Advanced Standing students with a recent BSW degree from a program accredited by the SCSWE 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 if they are employed in the field of social services.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.