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Social Services Administration (Certificate)

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.

Program Overview

Credit hours18.0
DegreeGraduate Certificate in Social Services Administration (SSA)
Program length1 year


You will take courses such as:

  • Policy Analysis and Practice 
  • Management and Funding for Nonprofit Organizations 
  • Leading and Managing Change in Nonprofit Organizations
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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.
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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.