Letter from the Program Director

Hello, and thank you for your interest in the Masters of Science in Social Work program at Abilene Christian University. 

We admitted our first class in 2007, and to date have nearly 100 alumni. The M.S. in Social Work program prides itself on the high level of academic rigor its students achieve by being one of the less than 5 percent of Council on Social Work Education accredited programs nationally that requires a master’s thesis. 

In addition to a wide variety of local practicum placements, we have remote learning opportunities for advanced standing and second year students to participate in field practicums and coursework outside of the Abilene area.   Our faculty and students are actively involved in numerous community partnerships that support the planning, delivery, and evaluation of human service programs in West Central Texas. 

We hope that your review of the information contained in our website will help you to gain a clearer understanding of who we are and what we are all about.   We look forward to discussing your particular professional plans and goals.  Please feel free to contact me directly to discuss your interests and how we might be able to help you achieve them. Contact me by phone (325)-674-4886; email wayne.paris@acu.edu; or, Skype video conferencing (wdparis).

Wayne Paris, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director 


ACU ranks 3rd among the 35 Best Value Christian Colleges with a CSWE-accredited Social Work Program in 2015. Read more

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