Master of Science in

Social Work

Advanced Standing

ACU’s Master of Science in Social Work 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). Our residential program may be completed remotely to accommodate students already at work in the field wishing to gain experience outside of Abilene. Continue your progress as a leading social work practitioner in the field that promotes positive social change while incorporating your faith. You will learn to identify and use effective, evidence-based interventions, programs and policies that empower and instill hope in your clients.

ACU’s Master of Science in Social Work 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). Our residential program may be completed remotely to accommodate students already at work in the field wishing to gain experience outside of Abilene. Continue your progress as a leading social work practitioner in the field that promotes positive social change while incorporating your faith. You will learn to identify and use effective, evidence-based interventions, programs and policies that empower and instill hope in your clients.

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Application Deadline (priority)

February 16

Application Deadline

May 1

Application Deadline (extended)

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M.S. in Social Work - Advanced Standing

Complete this short form to learn more about our M.S.S.W Advanced Standing program. ACU’s Office of Graduate Programs will reach out shortly to discuss your interests and answer your questions.

ACU’s M.S.S.W. program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education .

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Program Structure

What To Expect

Degree Details

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Required Hours

Program length  12 months
Credit hours 38
Current tuition per credit hour  $1,242

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)

About the Program

The mission of the ACU’s Master of Science in Social Work program is to prepare students for professional leadership and ethical advanced generalist social work practice with an evidence-based emphasis. Students will effectively address the biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual dimensions of human well-being and promote diversity, equity, inclusion and justice across system levels in domestic and international community contexts. You can learn more about all the opportunities with our MSSW program by clicking the button at the top of this page.

Admission Requirements

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.

  • 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  may be required. Our GRE code is 6001;
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application);, 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;
    • the gift of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging;
    • spirituality and social work;
    • 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)
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Hannah Simms
Graduate of ACU’s MSSW program

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 created a video series to inspire viewers to become foster parents.

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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.

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.

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.

Students who complete the MSSW program have the ability to:

  • Function as effective and ethical professionals who incorporate best evidence in practice;
  • Promote social justice for vulnerable persons everywhere through service and leadership roles;
  • Advance social work knowledge through research and other scholarly activities

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Nonprofit or Social Services Director
  • Substance Abuse Social Worker
  • Child Welfare Advocate
  • Public Health Social Worker
  • Sexual Assault Counselor
  • Immigration Policy Advocate
  • Poverty Advocate
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy Analyst/Researcher
  • Legislator/Public Official
  • Community Planner

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.

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