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 practice, administration, and community development.You begin your internship during your first semester. In the second year, you choose a specialization in Clinical or Community Practice. You also may choose to concentrate in one field within your specialization, such as services to children and their families, gerontology, death and grief, international social work and cross-cultural practice. After completing a second internship, you participate in a one-week capstone seminar before graduating. (Standard 2 Year MSW 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 an advanced internship and 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. Before graduation, students complete a one-week Capstone course culminating in a professional presentation at Colloquium. (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 joint 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. (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 joint 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 joint 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 specializations in clinical or 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)