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Master of Divinity Track 1/Master of Social Work, Dual Degree MDiv/MSW


MDiv General Infomation


For information regarding: Program Overview, Application, Policies and other entrance requirements -Click Here .

Program Description


Andrews University has formed a collaboration between the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and the Department of Social Work in the College of Arts & Sciences to prepare students for service in occupations where social work and the pastoral mission of the church intersect. The objectives of this program are to prepare students for various forms of ministry in which clinical and administrative skills in social work and theology are needed; to enable students to integrate both theological 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 students to nontraditional ministry opportunities by exposing 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 an integrated approach to both theology and social work. Students can choose either a dual degree or an emphasis in either Social Work or Christian Ministry.

Master of Divinity Track 1


MDiv/MSW Track 1 program is for students who have a Bachelors degree in Theology. Students who do not have a BA in Theology will need to complete the MDiv/MSW Track 2 program.

MDiv Prerequisites


Interdisciplinary Courses - 14


Christian Ministry - 16


Discipleship and Religious Education - 5


Old Testament: 8


Theology: 6


Church History: 6


New Testament: 8


Credits for Each Program


MDiv: Track 1: Graduation requirements consist of the satisfactory completion of 115 semester credits with an overall grade point average of C (2.5) or better. Sixtynine credits are MDiv credits, 31.5 credits are social work credits, and 14.5 credits are shared between the two curricula in lieu of MDiv electives.

MSW: MDiv students are required to complete 45 core credit hours for the two-year regular MSW program. Due to the strict requirements of the Council on Social Work Education’s accrediting mandates, these core courses must all be taught or co-taught within the department by faculty holding an MSW degree. However, these courses could be co-taught with faculty from the seminary. MDIV/MSW DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM 373 Occasionally, a student who has already earned a BSW from an accredited program may apply to this program. In this case, the student would be placed in the Advanced Standing program, and take either 33 credits (Advanced Standing) or 39 credits (Advanced Standing Plus). Students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to complete the Advanced Standing Program while those with a lower GPA must complete the Advanced Standing Plus requirements.

Since both the MDiv and MSW programs reduce 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. Although MDiv students can transfer 11 electives into the MSW program, they can only receive a tuition reduction if they are simultaneously enrolled in the MDiv Program.

Shared Social Work credits between Social Work and MDiv equal 14.5. Shared MDiv credits between MDiv and Social Work equal 11.

  • SOWK501 Foundations of Practice 1 (4 credits) is shared with DSRE503 Marriage, Family & Interpersonal Relationships (3 credits)
  • SOWK510/535 Generalist Field Experience/Seminar) 2.5 credits is shared with CHMN560 Theological Field Education (2 credits)
  • SOWK601 Advanced Practice I (3 credits) is shared with CHMN555 Pastoral Counseling (2 credits)
  • SOWK630 Policy for Social Change (3 credits) is shared with MSSN505 Christian Responses to Human Needs (2 credits) or CHMN544 The Church and Social Issues (2 credits)
  • SOWK515 Christian Perspectives on Ethics (2 credits) is shared with THST643 Christian Professional Ethics (2 credits

Admission Requirements


Applicants for the MDiv/MSW dual degree program typically will have received a bachelor’s degree (BA, BS, BSW) from a four-year college or university accredited by one of the nationally recognized accrediting agencies in the United States, or hold an equivalent educational credential from another country. Application must be made separately to both the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and the Department of Social Work. Acceptance into one of the programs does not guarantee acceptance into the other. Applicants must meet the admissions requirements for each program, including all required prerequisites for each degree program.

MDiv:
Although MDiv students can transfer 11 electives into the MSW program, they can only receive a tuition reduction if they are simultaneously enrolled in the MDiv program. Students who have already completed an MDiv degree can receive the tuition reduction upon admission into the MSW program.

MSW:
1. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in social work program courses;
2. No grade of D or F (or U) may count toward the MSW degree.

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.

English Language Requirement MDIV

  1. For those applicants whose native language is not English, the following is required:
  2. MELAB—score of 85 (must achieve passing score on each section) or
  3. TOEFL—score of 600 (paper based) or score of 90 (computer based with a minimum of 20 on each section)
  4. IELTS—score of 7

Language proficiency must be met before enrolling full-time in regular coursework.

English Language Requirement - MSW

  1. For those applicants whose native language is not English, the following is required:
  2. MELAB—score of 80 (must achieve passing score on each section) or
  3. TOEFL—score of 550 (paper based) or score of 80 (computer based with a minimum of 20 on each section) plus
  4. Nelson Denny—score of 13 and
  5. 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 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.

MDiv Emphases Options


Students enrolled in the MDiv program may choose from a number of 12-credit emphases.  More specific details may be obtained from each department regarding these areas of emphasis. 

Choosing an emphasis may prolong the length of a student’s  program.  Please consider the possibility of adding a semester to your MDiv program when attempting to complete an emphasis.  Regular master’s tuition is charged for courses taken after an MDiv student has completed their program coursework.   

Master of Divinity Emphases

Click on the emphasis of your choice for courses and department information. 

Christian Ministry New Testament
African American Ministry  Exegesis  and Theology
Chapliancy  Backgrounds  and Languages
Church Growth and Evangelsim  Old Testament
Church Leadership  Old Testament 
Pastoral Care  Archaeology  & History of Antiquity
Preaching  Jewish  Studies
Church History Biblical and Cognate  (Ancient Near Eastern) Languages
Church History  Theology and Christian Philosophy
Adventist Studies  Christian Ethics 
Church and State  Historical  Theology
Reformation  Systematic  Theology
Discipleship and Religious Education World Missions
Discipleship  and Biblical Spirituality Missions  Studies
Campus  Spiritual Leadership  
Family Life  Education  
Youth  Ministry