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Fall 2015

Spring 2016

Master of Social Work

The Masters of Social Work Program at CU views social work as a helping profession sanctioned by society to assist in the elimination of human suffering. Social work evolved from natural helping networks into a profession designed to systematically address social problems and human needs.  In order to achieve this purpose, the profession takes two approaches: 

  1. To work to change social institutions, organizations and communities to better meet the needs of people and
  2. To help people identify and utilize their own strengths and to connect them with the resources which they lack.

The MSW Program responds to a need in continuing education throughout life and provides students an opportunity to attain a master degree that prepares them for leadership, program development and administration.  This preparation is accomplished through graduate studies, professional service and participation in local, regional, state, and national conferences. 

The MSW program prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings with a variety of client types and social and familial systems.  Models emphasizing the ecological and strength perspectives are infused throughout the educational experience.  Using these models within a Christian / Social Work value base, graduates are prepared to provide assessment and intervention with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.

This program is also available in a 100% online format. Learn more about Campbellsville University’s online Master of Social Work.

Application and Handbook
The Masters of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and open to all undergraduate degrees. If you have graduated from an accredited Bachelors in Social Work program, you may qualify for the Advanced standing track which is 30 credit hours. If you hold an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than social work, you may apply to the Foundation Social Work program which requires 60 credit hours.
A Dozen Reasons to Select the Campbellsville University MSW Program
  1. This MSW program is offered in an evening and online format to accommodate the non-traditional working student who has family and employment obligations.
  2. Main campus courses are offered in 8 week terms, each requiring only one night a week of face to face classroom sessions.
  3. Online courses are offered in 8 week terms.
  4. This MSW program is the least costly per credit hour of any MSW program offered at a Kentucky University.
  5. A program beneficial to people employed in social work positions that need a graduate degree for promotion or licensure yet unable to travel to urban areas and forced to settle for degrees that do not meet qualifications for social service supervisory positions.
  6. Hybrid and online courses save on travel expenses.
  7.  The curriculum addresses needs and concerns identified by the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children in their current and pending shortages of professionally trained social workers (Hazlette, 2006).
  8. Specialized attention from your instructors.
  9. A personal Academic Advisor to guide and direct your personal educational experience.
  10. A great environment to refine your calling.
  11. Course instruction provided by qualified and doctoral level instructors.
  12. Great bargain, special attention, minimal time away from home/family and excellent academic mentorship and preparation!
MSW Missions and Goals


Expand career opportunities and prepare advanced generalist social service practitioners and/or administrators through advanced social work academic preparation in a Christ-centered environment. In the spirit of Christian service, graduates apply advanced level professional social work skills in regional, national and/or international settings for the purposes of improving the quality of life.


Guided by the mission of this MSW program and influenced by the mission of Campbellsville University, the social work profession and the needs of the local, regional, state and international communities, the MSW program strives to attain the following goals:

  1. To prepare competent and effective advanced generalist social work professionals to empower, to lead and serve as practitioners, service coordinators, service administrators, policy analysts’ and program developers.
  2. To equip graduates with advanced generalist social work knowledge, values and  skills in preparation for service with diverse, at-risk, marginalized, oppressed populations which exist in rural, urban, national and international locations;
  3.  To prepare advanced generalist social work practitioners that are skilled in evaluation and linking empirical knowledge, social work practice wisdom, social research and practice outcomes;
  4. To stimulate a desire within graduates for the pursuit of life-long-learning and Christ-centered service.
Admission to the Program

MSW Application deadlines:
Term (Begins August) – May 31st
Spring Term (Begins January) – November 1st
Summer Term
(Begins May) – March 1

The required packet of application materials includes the following:

  1. Application for Graduate admissions.
  2. Application for Admission to the Master of Social Work Program
  3. Signed Social Work Professional and Technical Standards
  4. Official transcripts sent directly from other colleges/universities attended (Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 15 hours of liberal arts education and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale. If the student does not have the required 3.0 undergraduate GPA they may still apply but must submit a written explanation.
  5. Three letters of recommendation (1 from someone who particularly knows your academic background and suitability of graduate study; 1 who is very familiar with your values and moral character; and 1 who particularly knows your potential as a social worker.) Your references cannot be from relatives (current or previous).
  6. International students must have a 2.3 computer generated or a 550 paper generated TOEFEL (Test of English as Foreign Language).
  7. Additional information may be requested by the Admissions Committee

*The MSW program does not accept or award college credit for life experiences.

Applications for fall term close on May 31st. Applications for spring term term close on November 1st.

Before a student receives official acceptance into the MSW program their file must be complete with items 1 through 7 previously listed.  The MSW Admissions Committee consists of MSW full-time faculty, including the Dean of the Carver School of Social Work and Counseling.  The MSW Admissions Committee will assess the applicants materials, make recommendation to the Graduate Council and request notification be sent to the applicant in the form of a letter that recommends acceptance or non-acceptance after the completed application file review.

The Social Work Program provides a learning context in which understanding and respect for diverse populations are practiced.  The topics of diversity include, but are not limited to, age, race, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, national origin and religion.  If any student feels he/she is unable to address these topics of diversity, he/she should consult with the MSW Program Director for advisement.  The MSW Program has established admission criteria to help insure that students with personal values, ethics, and goals compatible with the social work profession are admitted into the program.