Oct 22, 2019  

Master of Arts, Religious Education, Family Life Education Focus/Master of Social Work Dual Degree MA/MSW

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Dual Degree Program Description

The Dual Degree Program in Family Life and Masters in Social Work allows the student to complete two degrees in 3 years, with a tuition reduction of 33% for the MSW credits. For seminary credits, the student may apply for the MA (Religious Education) tuition discount.

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 from 56 to 46 by allowing students to take their required electives in the Seminary. Sixteen credits will be shared between the two programs.

The MA (Religious Education) is a 48 credit degree, but it will share 16 credits with the MSW program and accept 3 MSW credits as electives thereby reducing the MA (Religious Education) credits to 45.

Total Credits: 80

MA (Religious Education) Degree Requirements


An undergraduate or graduate level course in psychology (SOWK 531  meets prerequisite requirement).

MA (Religious Education) Core Courses - 18 credits

Family Life Education Concentration Courses - 12 credits

Certification on Family Life Education

While completion of the MA (Religious Education) with an emphasis in Family Life Education does not, of itself, qualify an individual as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) through NCFR, the courses meet all of the requirements to apply for CFLE. Application must be made directly to NCFR, documenting that approved courses have been succesfully completed in each of the 10 NCFR content areas, and that a practicum has also been completed. For those who wish to pursue the CLFE, these additional courses are required:

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.

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