About Us

Master of Science in Social Work

If your heart is to meet others where they are in their challenges and help them overcome barriers; if it’s to elevate their concerns and meet their needs; to usher in security to those who feel lost, you belong with the School of Social Work. Pursue a Master of Science in Social Work to foster your purpose in advocacy and service while furthering your reach to do so through greater knowledge and development.

If your heart is to meet others where they are in their challenges and help them overcome barriers; if it’s to elevate their concerns and meet their needs; to usher in security to those who feel lost, you belong with the School of Social Work. Pursue a Master of Science in Social Work to foster your purpose in advocacy and service while furthering your reach to do so through greater knowledge and development.

Main Content

Alumni Testimonial

Rosaline Evans ACU Social Work alumni

“ACU’s faculty and staff truly live what they are teaching. You’re going to get some top-notch training from professors who have been in the field and have great information to give. I can’t say enough about the love and concern they had for me to ensure I met my goals. They see things in you that you don’t see in yourself. That’s why I pursued my master’s, and now, I’m considering earning a doctorate.”

Rosalind “Roz” Evans
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Branch chair, West Central Texas
BSW, 2019; MSW, 2022

Two Paths at ACU

Master of Science in Social Work

Advanced Standing program

For students who have completed a bachelor’s in social work from a program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).

  • 1 Year Full-Time (Part-Time Available)
  • 38 Credit Hours (2 Semesters + 6 Weeks)
  • 1500 Hour Field Placement
  • Remote-learning (outside Abilene) available during 2nd or Advanced Year
  • Paid part-time/full-time graduate assistantships available

Learn more about the Advanced Standing MSSW program and admission requirements.

More about Advanced Standing

Master of Science in Social Work

Standard Program

For students who have completed a bachelor’s in another field of study (not social work).  

  • 2 Year Full-Time (Part-Time Available)
  • 64 Credit Hours (4 Semesters)
  • 2 Field Placements
  • Remote-learning (outside Abilene) available.
  • Paid part-time/full-time graduate assistantships available

Learn more about the standard MSSW program and admission requirements.

More about MSSW

Becoming More

online Master’s in Higher Education

If you’re ready to do more for your clients, pursue your Master of Science in social work at Abilene Christian University. Receive intentional mentorship from passionate professors who prepare you for professional growth as you take the next step in your career.

Faculty Spotlight

Kari White - ACU Social Work

Kari White, LMSW

Advising and Recruiting Specialist
ACU School of Social Work

From your first questions about ACU through your journey as a student, Kari assists with advising services to ensure you feel supported and advocated for during your time in the program. She earned her bachelor’s (’12) and master’s (’13) from the ACU’s School of Social Work. From her own experience in the field, Kari personally understands what students need to be successful in the field.

Connect with Kari

Field Placements

Paid Opportunities

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.

Field Education FAQs

ACU Social Work student Grace Hill

Pursuing Her Passion

Hill challenged herself to discover the intersection of social work and faith. A dual-degree seeker and research enthusiast, Hill said the opportunity she had through ACU to conduct her own evidence-based practice was critical to learning to implement policy change in the greater world. From Big Country CASA to Congo, she is building her ministry in organizational development. “Because of my experience at ACU and my internship, I am able to take ownership and initiative over the field of social work.”