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Degree Requirements

Master of Social Work

The standard program at Baylor University consists of 60 semester hours, which includes credit for two internships. The first year of study provides you with the foundation for direct counseling (clinical) practice, administration and community development.You begin your internship during your first semester. In the second year, you choose a concentration in an area such as Families and Children or Physical and Mental Health. You also may choose to specialize in one field within your concentration, such as services to children and their families, gerontology, death and grief, international social work and cross-cultural practice. After completing a second internship during the final semester, you participate in a two-week capstone seminar before graduating. (Standard 2 Year MSW Degree Plan) (Standard MSW 3-year Part Time Degree Plan) (Standard MSW 4-year Part Time Degree Plan)

Advanced Standing

The Advanced Standing is designed for students who have completed a BSW from an accredited program. The Advanced Standing program begins with six hours of Advanced Standing Seminars during the summer months (July and August). Graduates of Baylor's BSW program are not required to attend these seminars. Students begin the concentration year of the MSW program with 13 credit hours in the fall semester. In the spring semester, they are involved in an intensive internship for 35 hours per week in a social work setting. Students also complete a research project based on their internship. Some students will complete their internships in the Waco area. The Baylor program also has national and international placements. One month before graduation, students return to campus for the Capstone Seminar, where they learn from each other, the Baylor faculty, as well as guest faculty about the latest developments in research, theory and the practice of social work. (Advanced Standing MSW Degree Plan) (Advanced Standing Part Time MSW Degree Plan)

Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work

The Baylor School of Social Work and Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary offer a dual degree. The MSW prepares students to provide leadership and service through congregations, religiously affiliated organizations and faith communities. Church agencies - family and children's agencies, gerontology programs, and community ministries in urban areas and international missions - need professional social workers. What's more, congregations often need the consultation and leadership in family and community ministry that social workers can provide. In many of these settings, the MDiv degree strengthens social workers' preparation for church leadership. Often an MDiv or other graduate seminary degree is a requirement to hold congregational leadership positions, including that of chief executive officer at church-related agencies. This degree program provides dual competency in these areas. One month before graduation, students return to campus for the Capstone Seminar. (MDIV/MSW Degree Plan) (MDIV/Adv. Standing MSW Degree Plan)

Master of Theological Studies/Master of Social Work

The Master of Theological Studies and the Master of Social Work dual degree (MTS-MSW) provides an interdisciplinary option for students to develop competency in Christian scriptures and theology, global missions, and Baptist identity, as well as in advanced social work practice in congregations and religiously-affiliated organizations. The MTS-MSW dual degree program provides these students with an opportunity to prepare for community ministry through mastery of advanced social work knowledge and practice that is grounded in foundational Christian theology, scriptures, traditions, missions, and Baptist identity. (MTS/MSW Degree Plan) (MTS/ Adv. Standing MSW Degree Plan)

Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration

The MSW/MBA joint degree is designed to educate leaders who are prepared to effectively implement financial strategies, transform organizational behavior, and activate marketing strategies to sustain and improve human services organizations. As the demand for social workers increases with the privatization of social services, so does the need for social workers to be prepared to serve as leaders of human service organizations. The Master of Social Work program prepares students to work with individuals, communities, and society through concentrations in children and families; physical and mental health; and community practice. The Masters in Business Administration program prepares students to serve as leaders in generalist business roles. The joint degree will groom social work and business administration graduates to serve as administrators, executive directors, and innovators in human service organizations. In addition, the MSW/MBA will equip and encourage graduates to develop human service organizations nationally and internationally, serving in developing countries or underserved urban areas where human needs are great and resources are scarce.  (MSW/MBA Degree Plan) (Adv. Standing MSW/MBA Degree Plan)