About the program
The Abilene Christian University School of Social Work seeks, within the context of a Christian higher education institution, to: prepare graduates as effective and ethical professionals who incorporate best evidence in practice; promote social justice for the 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 (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. 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 BSW 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 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).