Mar 30, 2023  

Master of Social Work/Master of Arts in Youth & Young Adult Ministry, Dual Degree MSW/MAYYAM

MA in Youth & Young Adult Ministry Requirements

Prerequisite - 1 credit

MA YYAM Core Courses - 18 credits

MAYYAM Concentration Courses - 14 Credits

MAYYAM Dual Degree

Andrews University has formed a collaborative between the Department of Discipleship and Religious Education in the Seminary and the Department of Social Work in the College of Arts & Sciences to pre-pare students for youth and young adult ministry and social work. Students choosing this program would receive both a master’s in Youth and Young Adult Ministry and a master’s in Social Work. The objectives of this program are to equip students for various forms of ministry in which clinical and administrative skills in social work and ministry are needed; to enable students to integrate both ministry and social work knowledge, values and skills into a multifaceted approach to Christian service, thereby enhancing their usefulness as instruments of the Holy Spirit; and to sensitize them to nontraditional ministry opportunities byexposing them to theories and practice skills related to counseling approaches, person-in-environment, social and economic justice, human rights and global perspectives from a Christian worldview. The program is designed to give students both master’s degrees within three years. The details of the program are as follows:

  • The dual degree will consist of 78 credits.
  • The student will need to be accepted into both programs.
  • There will be shared electives between the two programs:
    • Eight credits for the MA in Youth & Young Adult Ministry; and
    • Ten credits for the Master of Social Work.
  • Fieldwork will also be a shared experience, being cross-listed as CHMN660 Field Practicum/SOWK535 Field Experience/ SOWK635 Advanced Field Experience. Nine credit hours will be required for a total of 900 clock hours.
  • One course will be cross-listed and be taken in the Department of Social Work:
  • GSEM 525 - The Bible and Biblical History  will be considered a prerequisite course. If the student passes the Biblical Literacy Exam, that will satisfy the prerequisite. If the student does not pass the exam, they will need to take the one-credit GSEM 525  in addition to the 78 credits for the dual degree.
  • Since both, the MSW and MAYYAM programs, reduce the total credits in order to reduce costs and achieve a more streamlined and efficient program, both degrees must be received simultaneously in order to fulfill the requirements of either degree.

See the Seminary section of this bulletin for a complete description of this dual degree.

MSW Program Information

Admission Requirements

English Language Requirement

For those applicants whose native language is not English, the following is required:

1.  Demonstration of English proficiency by obtaining at least a minimum score on any one of the following exams.  Exam must be taken within two years priot to enrollment.

  • TOEFL ITP (paper-based) - A minimum score of 550
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) - 80 with a minimum of 20 on each section
  • MELAB - 80 with a minimum of 80 on each section
  • IELTS (Academic version) - 6.5
  • PTE (Academic version) - 54

2.  Nelson Denny - score of 13 and

3. Personal interview with MSW program director or designe

Applicants who fail to meet any of the above may be admitted only after committee consideration of the specific circumstances. Additional course work in English may be required.  A student who graduated from a four-year English-speaking high school, college or university may be exempted from all or parts of the above requirements.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Students who are applying for admission to the MSW program have two options related to the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For those students who are seeking a graduate scholarship, the GRE must be taken. The amount of a potential scholarship is related to the score achieved on the GRE as follows:

GRE Score Scholarship
320 50% tuition reduction
310 25% tuition reduction
300 10% tuition reduction

For students who do not seek a graduate scholarship based on the GRE score, the GRE examination is not required.


Student Handbook

The MSW Student Handbook has been designed as the social work student’s aid in understanding the program requirements, Social Work Department, and relevant policies of Andrews University. Inside the handbook you will find information such as expectations of students, the MSW curriculum, departmental policies, and other relevant information.

You are responsible for the information found in this handbook, so please take the time to familiarize yourself with the handbook and know where to find questions and answers if the need arises.

Field Manual

The Field Manual has been designed as your aid in understanding field education requirements, your role as a student in a field agency, and relevant policies of Andrews University.

You are responsible for the information found in this handbook, so please take the time to familiarize yourself with the handbook and know where to find questions and answers if the need arises.