Spring Arbor University will begin offering a Master of Social Work in four locations—Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Petoskey and Toledo—beginning in Fall 2014. The program will feature two concentrations, so students can tailor their instruction to match their career path.
“An MSW degree is invaluable to those in the helping profession. Completion of an MSW can open many doors for students in areas of counseling, program development, management, and beyond,” says Emily Dixon, director of field instruction at Spring Arbor University.
Spring Arbor University’s MSW program is unique in its design. Students attend class just one night a week and study together throughout the program’s entirety as part of a cohort, which lends significantly to increased support among students and will aid in the successful completion of their degree.
“As a department we are excited about the opportunities that an MSW degree will provide for our future graduates, and look forward to seeing God use these students to provide aid to those in need for the betterment of our world,” says Dixon.
The 60-credit hour degree takes about two years to complete. The first year, which is the same for all students, consists of foundational courses, while the second-year curriculum is concentration-tailored. With a focus on clinical orientation, the micro concentration prepares graduates for advanced social work practice with individuals, families and small groups. The micro concentration is offered as a face-to-face program at the four sites.
The macro concentration tailors curriculum for work in international social work, global humanitarian aid and advocacy, planning, implementing and evaluating effective sustainable economic, social development and empowerment programs, community organizations, grant writing, social service with faith-based and non-governmental organizations, and restorative social justice and human rights with diverse multi-cultural populations and communities in the U.S. or worldwide. The second year of the macro concentration is only offered online.
For select students, Spring Arbor University offers a one-year (30 credit) Advanced Standing Program (micro or macro). In order to be considered for admission to the advanced standing program, students must have been granted a baccalaureate degree in social work from an undergraduate social work program that was accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, those programs recognized through its International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service, or those programs covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accreditors.