Master of Science in
Social Work - Advanced Standing

ACU’s 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, you are able to incorporate faith and employ technology into your work in the program. You will identify and make use of what works from the most promising interventions and forward-thinking programs and policies to empower and instill hope in your clients, in essence promoting positive social change.

ACU’s 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, you are able to incorporate faith and employ technology into your work in the program. You will identify and make use of what works from the most promising interventions and forward-thinking programs and policies to empower and instill hope in your clients, in essence promoting positive social change.

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ACU’s M.S.S.W. program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is ranked the 3rd best value Christian College, CSWE accredited Social Work program.

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First-Hand Field Experience

At ACU, our Master’s in Social Work curriculum gives students field placement opportunities specifically designed to fit their interests, outside commitments, and future career goals.

Program Structure

Master of Science in Social Work - Advanced Standing

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.

Required Hours

Program length: 12 months
Credit hours: 38

Example Coursework

Advanced Evidence-Based Practice Interventions II
Advanced Social Work Field Practicum II
Integrated Healthcare
Management and Funding for Nonprofit Organizations
Leading and Managing Change in Nonprofit Organizations

Department

School of Social Work

Application Deadlines

Summer Priority Review: February 16 (Preferred consideration for Graduate Assistantships, Scholarships, and Field Placements)
Summer Standard Review May 1 (deadline may extend if space is available)
Spring – Please contact the Office of Graduate Programs (gradinfo@acu.edu or 325-674-2656)

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In cooperation with the Graduate School of Theology, the School of Social Work has developed plans whereby students can pursue the M.S. in Social Work degree concurrently with the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree.

Hannah Sims, a graduate of the MSSW program, created a video series to inspire viewers to become foster parents.

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Admission Requirements

  • Complete the online application;
  • Pay the $65 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 GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; 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, 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 writing sample in the form of a formal graded senior level assignment of at least five pages from the student’s undergraduate work (or acceptable alternative);
  • 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);
  • 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. 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.

Various forms of financial aid are available to assist you with funding your education. Learn more about these opportunities and visit our Graduate Financial Aid page to apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships.

What outcomes can you expect?

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Nonprofit or Social Services Director
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Military Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Social Worker
  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Child Welfare Advocate
  • Adoption Social Worker
  • Public Health Social Worker
  • Rehabilitation Social Worker

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 (CSWE). Following a 6-hour summer seminar, Advanced Standing students move directly into the 38-hour second year of study which can be completed through remote learning. Students also spend a significant amount of time in the ACU MSSW Field Education and Practicum.

MSSW Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

MSSW 2019

MSSW 2017

MSSW 2015

MSSW 2014

MSSW 2013

Many states, including Idaho, regulate the use of the title social worker to those professionals holding a social work license. See our professional licensure disclosure.