Certificate in Social Service Administration

Impact change in your community.

The certificate in social services administration is an 18-hour graduate program that combines many different skills such as organizational management, planning, grant writing, fiscal procedures, and policy making in a format commonly used by nonprofit and governmental agencies.

Through this certificate program, you will be able to better understand the needs of human services agencies – and have the ability to impact change through policy analysis, advocacy and human empowerment.

Note: course work may apply toward the Master of Science in social work degree.

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Admission requirements: 

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $25 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);
  • 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.

Degree Details

Required Hours

Program length: 12 months

Credit hours: 18

2021/2022 tuition per credit hour: $1,343

Example Coursework

Policy Analysis and Practice

Management and Funding for Nonprofit Organizations

Leading and Managing Change in Nonprofit Organizations


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Application Deadlines

Regular: February 1st

National Candidates: May 1st

Early Action: November 1st