Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work degree is for students with a bachelor’s degree in any area other than social work. The program is 60 semester hours. Advanced Standing is available to students who hold a BSW from a CSWE accredited program with a minimum 3.25 GPA. The Advanced Standing program is 39 semester hours.

Quick Facts

  • Program Delivery Format:  On-Campus Two Days per Week
  • Credit Hours:  *60 total hours (see transfer credit information below)
  • Potential Career Fields:  Social workers are found in public agencies, private businesses, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, private practices, police departments, and courts. Social workers serve individuals, families,communities and all levels of government. Their career ladder often includes positions as managers, supervisors and administrators.
  • 2014 Tuition Rate: $558 per credit hour
  • Department Webpage: Department of Behavioral Sciences, Master of Social Work

Distinguishing Program Features

As a SACS accredited, top five ranked Regional College (South) by US News and World Report, the program combines distinguished academics and unique, real-world applications. The foundation for the MSW program at Asbury University is our belief that all people are called to a restored relationship of whole-hearted love for God, which will always be demonstrated socially in loving our neighbors wherever they are found: locally, nationally and globally.

The CSWE accredited Asbury University MSW program offers the Child and Family Services concentration that prepares students for advanced social work practice, supporting the needs of all persons to achieve their optimal God given potential.

Over 75 practicum sites (in a variety of urban and rural settings) are available to allow students the opportunity to personalize their education. In collaboration with Asbury University’s School of Education, the MSW Program offers a School Social Work Certification Track.

How the Program is Delivered

MSW students spend two days per week on campus. The remainder of the week - usually 18 to 20 hours - is spent off campus in field education.

How the Program will Benefit Me

Graduates will be prepared for theologically-informed, advanced social work practice in national and global contexts that are agency or church-based.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  3. Official transcripts of all college/university coursework
  4. Complete character/fitness form, mission statement and autobiographical statement
  5. One of the following:
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on all undergraduate course work OR
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on last 60 hours of undergraduate course work OR
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on earned master’s degree
  6. Three professional references
  7. Completion of 3 credit hours each in: introduction to psychology; introduction to sociology; statistics; and 9 credit hours in humanities.
  8. Additional Advanced Standing Admission Requirements:
    • BSW Final Field Evaluation - Submit a copy of the Field Evaluation form OR a letter from the BSW Field Director if the student is currently in field placement and a field evaluation form is not available at the time the application is submitted. (A copy of the final Field Evaluation Form is required once the field placement is completed.)
    • Conceptual Framework Essay

(The Advanced Standing program consists of 39 semester hours and is normally completed in 11 – 18 months.)

Transfer Credit Information

Maximum of 12 transfered credit hours.
30 credit hours may be transfered from a CSWE program. 

[ALL UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS, must be sent directly from that institution to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies of Asbury University. Hand-carried transcripts may be used for evaluation only. Hand-carried transcripts are NOT acceptable as final, official transcripts.]

Please visit the MSW webpage for more specific information regarding academic and program requirements.