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Master of Science in Social Work

Master of Science in Social Work

Solve the problems that block positive social change

ACU’s Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) program offers an innovative curriculum aimed at preparing leading social work practitioners. Designed to produce advanced generalist versatile social work leaders with an evidence-based practice focus, you are able to work on interprofessional teams of service providers, effectively assess, engage, and intervene with clients in need of services, and utilize appropriate technology, while incorporating your faith. You will identify and make use of what works from the most promising interventions and cutting-edge social programs and policies. You will participate in active and experiential learning that empowers and fosters critical thinking while developing culturally responsive strategies that alleviates suffering and promotes social change.

First-Hand Field Experience

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

Note: 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.

Program Highlights:

Two programs of study lead toward the M.S.S.W. degree: (1) Standard (64 credits) and (2) Advanced Standing (38 credits). The Standard program requires two years of full-time study. The Advanced Standing program requires a B.S.W. degree from a CSWE accredited program and can be completed in one academic year, which includes a 6-hour summer seminar course.

The following highlights are offered across both programs of study:

  • Classroom study with supervised field education experiences in social services agencies
  • Required thesis negotiated with the advanced year internship
  • Engagement in policy advocacy and social action
  • Experiential learning community engagement
  • Opportunities to assess and evaluate evidence-informed critical research and practice
  • Guided interprofessional education (IPE) simulation with other human services and health professionals

See our accreditation here.

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