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  Sep 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018

Social Work MSW


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The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is a professional degree enabling the graduate to enter practice as an advanced-level practitioner. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of clinical,  administration, and development focus areas. The foundation curriculum for the MSW consists of 12 core competencies: (1) Professionalism, (2) Values and Ethics, (3) Critical Thinking, (4) Diversity and Differences, (5) Human Rights and Social Economic Justice, (6) Research, (7) Human Behavior and the Social Environment, (8) Social Welfare Policy and Services, (9) Contextualization, (10) Social Work Practice, (11) Global Worldview, and (12) Christian Perspective. Accreditation for the MSW degree has been granted through the Council on Social Work Education through 2019.

Degree Requirements


  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in Social Work Program
  • No grade of D or F (or U) may count toward a graduate degree.
  • The maintenance at all times of professional conduct and behaviors appropriate for a social worker according to the National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics.
  • Defense of the professional degree portfolio. This portfolio is a demonstrative collection of professional competencies.
  • Other Andrews University degree requirements as presented in the Graduate Academic Information section of this bulletin

* Subject to change as necessary to improve the process and address accreditation issues.

Past experience strengthens all MSW student applications. However, following Council on Social Work Education requirements, no social work course credit can be given for life experience or previous work experience.

Curriculum


Core advanced interpersonal practice courses supplemented by optional areas of focus are offered.  Students wishing to enroll in core graduate social work courses must be enrolled in the MSW program and/or have the instructor’s permission.  Students in the regular two-year program are required to take all foundation year courses.  All students, both regular and advanced placement, must take all core advanced year courses, as well as those listed for any specific focus area they select and elective courses to complete the total credits required.  Students who are accepted into the advanced one-year program must also take SOWK 515. Students may transfer up to 20% of the credits from one degree into the MSW program.   All courses are subject to change based on accreditation needs.

Admission Requirements


English Language Requirements


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 prior 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. MSW program participates in the Bridge program which allows students who are close to the minimum scores to take 3-6 credits of MSW courses along with ESL courses.  Requirements to participate in the Bridge program are below.
    • TOEFL ITP (paper-based) - A score of 500-549 (2-3 ESL courses and up to 3-6 credits of regular MSW course work)* OR
    • MELAB - Bridge 1 - 70-75 (3 ESL courses; up to 3 credits regular MSW course work)*
    • MELAB - Bridge 2 - 76-79 (2 ESL courses: up to 6 credits regular MSW course work)*

      * with permission of the department.
  3. Nelson Denny - score of 13 and
  4. Personal interview with MSW program director or designee

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 are not required to take the GRE.  For those students who are seeking the GRE 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

Areas of Focus


Students may choose to specialize in the following areas of Focus: Administration & Development, Mental Health, School Social Work, Marriage & Family, Christian Ministry, International Social Work, and Medical Social Work. Please refer to the Department of Social Work website for further information: www.andrews.edu/cas/socialwork/. Students are not required to choose a focus area.

Dual Degree Program Description


The MSW Dual Degree Programs allow the student to complete two degrees in one additional year, with a tuition reduction of 33% for the MSW credits.  To facilitate this objective, the two programs will reduce the total number of required credits and will share a practicum and a limited number of elective courses.  Specifically, the Social Work department will reduce the required number of credits by 9-10 credits by allowing students to take their required social work electives in the other graduate program. In addition, around sixteen credits will be shared between the two programs.

Dual Degrees


The MSW Dual Degree Programs allow the student to complete two degrees in one additional year, with a tuition reduction of 33% for the MSW credits.  To facilitate this objective, the two programs will reduce the total number of required credits and will share a practicum and a limited number of elective courses.  Specifically, the Social Work department will reduce the required number of credits by 9-10 credits by allowing students to take their required social work electives in the other graduate program. In addition, around sixteen credits will be shared between the two programs.

Additional Information


MSW Scholarship


Since the MSW program does not require the GRE, an equivalent graduate scholarship is offered in the department.  The amount of potential scholarship is related to GPA and supporting documents.  This applies to the last 3 semesters of the program.  Please refer to the Department of Social Work website for further information:

https://www.andrews.edu/cas/socialwork/scholarships/msw-scholarship-policy.pdf

GPA Scholarship
3.90 - 4.00 50% tuition reduction
3.50 - 3.89 25% tution reduction
3.30 - 3.49 10% tuition reduction*

*available to Advanced standing 1 year students only, based on BSW GPA

Assistantships


Students have the opportunity to apply for graduate assistantships—teaching or research. These assistantships give students the opportunity to develop their expertise. Students interested in becoming social-work educators—especially those with years of clinical experience—may teach undergraduate courses. Research assistantships offer experiences in community consulting, grant writing, and/or conducting research.

Resources


MSW Student Handbook


The MSW Student Handbook has been designed as the social work student’s aid in understanding the program requirements of the Social Work Department as well as 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.

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.

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