Standard Program

The M.S. in Social Work Standard Program is a 64 credit hour program that can be completed in two years. The first year (foundation year) focuses on generalist practice, providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level social work practice. During the foundation year, students gain first-hand social work experience by completing a 450-hour field practicum with a community social service agency. 

The second year (advanced year) focuses on advanced generalist concepts in working with systems of various sizes from an evidence-based practice perspective. During the advanced year, in addition to conducting independent research for a master's thesis, students will complete a 500-hour field practicum. 

Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from an accredited program will be placed in the M.S. in Social Work Standard Program. If you have completed a B.S. in Social Work with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may be eligible for Advanced Standing.


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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