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MA in Social Work

Price

$7500

Duration

2 Years

About the Course



Master in Social Work Minor in Faith Based Family Services Program Total: 60 Credit Hours Program Duaration 2 Years

Weekly Online Class 1 per week

Textbooks included Program Description

The Master program is for two years and aims to cultivate leaders who are equipped with the ethics, knowledge, and abilities necessary to function in an environment that is highly competitive and driven by the market. 


A Master's in Social Work (MSW) with a minor or specialization in Faith-Based Family Services combines the core curriculum of a traditional MSW program with additional coursework and training specific to providing social services within a faith-based or Christian context. This specialization allows social work professionals to integrate their faith and spirituality into their practice while addressing the unique needs of families within religious communities. Here's an overview of what you can typically expect from such a program:


1. Core MSW Curriculum:The core MSW curriculum covers foundational social work knowledge and skills, including:

Social Work Theory: Study of various social work theories, models, and frameworks.

Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Understanding the influence of social, cultural, and environmental factors on human behavior.

Social Work Practice: Developing skills in assessment, intervention, and case management.

Social Policy and Advocacy: Exploration of social policy development, analysis, and advocacy.

Field Education: Practical experience through internships or field placements in social work settings.


2. Faith-Based Family Services Courses:Courses in this specialization focus on the integration of faith and spirituality into social work practice within the context of family services. These courses may include:

Spirituality in Social Work: Exploring the role of spirituality in the lives of individuals and families and its integration into social work practice.

Faith-Based Counseling: Learning about faith-based counseling approaches and techniques for addressing family issues.

Ethical and Cultural Considerations: Examining ethical dilemmas, cultural sensitivity, and diversity within faith-based family services.

Pastoral Care and Family Ministry: Understanding pastoral care principles and how they can support families in crisis or facing challenges.


3. Field Placement in Faith-Based Settings:Many programs require or offer opportunities for students to complete field placements or internships in faith-based organizations, such as churches, religious nonprofits, or faith-based counseling centers. This practical experience allows students to apply what they've learned in real-world settings.


4. Integration of Faith and Social Work:The program emphasizes the integration of faith and spirituality into social work practice while respecting the diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds of clients.


5. Capstone Project or Research:In some cases, students may be required to complete a capstone project or research paper related to faith-based family services.


6. Career Opportunities:Graduates of MSW programs with a specialization in Faith-Based Family Services can pursue various career paths, including:


Family Counselor: Providing counseling services to families within a faith-based context.

Family Ministry: Engaging in family ministry roles within churches or religious organizations.

Social Worker: Working as a social worker in faith-based social service agencies or community organizations.

Pastoral Counselor: Combining pastoral and counseling roles to support families in religious settings.

Nonprofit Leadership: Assuming leadership positions within faith-based nonprofit organizations that offer family support services.


Policies

Candidates who have less than two years of experience in the healthcare industry and who are successful in getting into the program will be required to perform a residence that is worth three credits during the program's final trimester.


Mental and Physical Requirements

Be able to talk in a way that is both clear and succinct if you want to be considered for admission to the program leading to the Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration.

Have the necessary verbal and written communication skills to communicate with people in a professional setting, both verbally and in writing.

Have the kind of critical thinking skills that allow you to think clearly and behave responsibly even in the most trying of circumstances.

Having the necessary interpersonal skills to deal with people of a wide range of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds, including individuals, families, and groups.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the HBIU Masters program must:

You may submit an application online and pay the $50 application fee, which is nonrefundable.

Please provide proof that you have a bachelor's degree from a school that is regionally recognized.

Please include current and certified transcripts from any and all schools attended for your undergraduate and/or graduate studies.

Only credits earned and grades received from schools that have been granted regional accreditation will be used for admissions GPAs.

Each educational institution that a student has previously attended is required to either physically provide or electronically submit a transcript to the Office of Admissions. 

Only transcripts that have been obtained directly from the institution being applied to will be regarded as official.

Transcripts that have been hand-delivered by the applicant or faxed in by the school attended will not be accepted. If you do not declare all of the prior institutions that you have attended, you risk having your application denied or dismissed. In addition, transcripts from educational institutions located outside of the United States are required to be assessed by a credential assessment company that has been authorized.

For more details, kindly refer to the Foreign Transcript Evaluations page.

Only submit official transcripts for each College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) examination that the applicant has taken in order to have them considered for fulfillment of prerequisite requirements if the applicant wants them to be considered. Scores obtained on the College Level Examination Program that are reflected on an official college transcript may also be used to fulfill this criteria.

Show that you have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 out of a possible 4.00 for your undergraduate work.

Please provide your most recent resume. It is desirable that applicants have a professional background in healthcare that spans a minimum of two years. Candidates who have less than two years of experience in the healthcare industry and who are successful in getting into the program will be required to do a residence that is worth three credits during the program's final trimester.

Please include an essay or a goal statement that outlines your professional aspirations, the reasons you have chosen to attend a faith-based university, and the reasons you have especially chosen AdventHealth University.

There should be two recommendations from professionals in the field, 


Present your transcript from your undergraduate program as either having been completed in the applicant's undergraduate program or as having been taken post-baccalaureate but prior to admission to the MHA program: 


Note: Competency in computer skills is assumed.

Completing the personal interview procedure with flying colors is a must. (For an example, see below.)


Applicants are cautioned that even if they fulfill the basic requirements for admission, this does not always ensure that they will be accepted into the program because of the highly competitive nature of the admissions process. 


After the preliminary examination of the applications, a selection of the candidates will be asked to come in for an in-person interview on campus (see requirement above).


Every candidate who is granted admission to one of HBIU's professional programs is required to provide a non-refundable deposit, the amount of which will be added to the student's total balance. 


The applicant will get an acceptance letter that includes the required deposit amount as well as the timeframe by which the institution must have the money in their possession. 


This deposit will be placed against the student's account as soon as they have completed the enrollment process for the program. 


Once a student has paid the deposit and then changes their mind about participating in the program, they will lose the money they put down, but they will have two years to use it toward another program or toward the same program again. 


If a candidate gets accepted into a program that has requirements that are still being completed but later discovers that his or her grades make them unsuitable for admission, a teaching assistant will be assigned to the student in order to provide the required assistance.



Reapplication Process

  1. Applicants who were not accepted into the Master's program during a particular admission cycle may reapply to the program for the subsequent admission cycle as long as they have successfully met the minimum admission requirements. However, this only applies if they have successfully met the requirements during the previous admission cycle. 

  2. Reapplicants are responsible for ensuring that they satisfy the admission dates that have been established by providing the Office of Admissions with the extra information that is listed below.

  3. You may reactivate your account by submitting an application online and paying a non-refundable charge of $50.

  4. official transcripts that have been updated from any schools that you have attended in the time since your first application was filed and a résumé that has been updated.

Progression

​A. Academic Status and Notification 

It is generally agreed that a student's academic status is in good standing if they are making progress in their program. Students who are currently on academic probation are not regarded as being in good standing academically. Students who have a grade point average that is lower than 3.00 are placed on academic probation.


B. Academic Concern Process

Unsatisfactory progress indicators include:a. Having a grade point average that is lower than 3.00

b. Receiving a grade of C or below in any of your courses

c. Behavior that is unprofessional (as reported by the Department Chair, a course instructor, or other faculty)

d. problems with disciplinary action and other violations of behavior and professionalism that are covered under the HBIU Code of Conduct.


Academic Alert. Students in excellent academic standing who may have failed one graduate level course are eligible for an Academic Alert, which is issued by the department and pertains to students in this category. Students who have been issued an academic alert will be informed in writing by the department chair that they are in danger of being expelled from the program if they do not improve their academic performance. Students may be expelled from the program rather than receiving an academic alert in the event that they do not meet the criteria for receiving one. This is discussed in further depth in Section C, which follows.



Withdrawal.a. If a student withdraws from a required core course (W or WF), the student will only be able to repeat the course once.

i. If a student fails to attend the same required class for a second time, they will be regarded to have dropped out of the program.

b. According to the rules of the institution, a student may also be academically expelled for the following reasons:

i. Exhibiting a high level of academic irresponsibility and dishonesty in the classroom



Provisional Grades and Remediation

The use of provisional grades as well as remediation


The grade of "incomplete" (I) is a transcript grade that may be changed to a passing mark if the student successfully completes the course by satisfying all of the criteria included within it. 


Please refer to the Grading Policy in order to understand each and every grade definition.

If a student completes the course with a grade of C or better, the grade will be shown on their transcript. Students who get a grade of C or below will be advised in writing by the chair of the department that they are at danger of being expelled from the program, which will cause an 


Academic Alert to be generated. Students who maintain a grade of "D" or "F" during their time in the program will be expelled.


If a student drops out of a class, they will only be able to take that class once more before they are required to move on. 


If you withdraw from the course for the second time, this will count as withdrawal from the program altogether.

C. Dismissal 

In HBIU, a student's record of academic failure is regarded very seriously. The following criteria are used to determine academic failure within the Healthcare Administration department:


i. The expulsion of the class would be triggered for any student who received a second grade of "C."


ii. The school would expel from the program immediately any student who had a grade of "D" or "F."


iii. Any student who has conduct that has been noted as being unprofessional.

D. Remediation. 

If a student does not get a grade that is at least minimally acceptable in a class that counts toward graduate credit, then that student is not permitted to continue with their educational program without the consent of the Chair of the Department. The decision of the Chairs must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office, together with an acceptable explanation and rationale, as soon as possible. This might result in the student being required to repeat the class. The maximum number of classes that a student is permitted to take more than once while progressing through their program is two.


E. Petition for Readmission. 

In the event that a person who has previously been expelled from the program due to academic failure expresses interest in rejoining the program, that person is required to reapply within the usual application cycle for the next class that will be offered. The department chair may extend an invitation to reapply to the program in the event that a vacancy occurs in the program that is compatible with the matriculation of the academically failed or dismissed student. This is dependent on whether or not the vacancy is compatible with the student continuing their education. People and those who want to apply are needed to submit the necessary admission documents and costs. Even if you get an invitation to apply, this does not guarantee that you will be accepted into the program. Those who have been expelled academically and who are interested in being considered for readmission should send a letter of intent to the head of the department. If an individual applies to re-enroll in the program and is granted readmission, the department chair will create an individualized course plan of study for the readmitted student. This plan of study may involve the student retaking classes that they have already passed with flying colors in addition to taking directed study courses.


Completion

HBIU will consider students for graduation in a Master’s when they have:

  1. Students are obligated to earn all of the needed credit hours in order to graduate from their program.

  2. The total amount of time that must pass between enrollment and graduation cannot exceed 72 months.

  3. Students are expected to acquire the information, skills, and abilities necessary to function effectively in a leadership role in healthcare administration.

  4. Students are expected to adhere to the codes of behavior, professionalism, and academic integrity that are specified in the university catalog, student handbook, and the regulations that are connected to those documents.

  5. Those students who are currently in satisfactory academic standing are the only ones who may graduate.

I. Exceptions

In order to deviate from the aforementioned rules, a petition must be submitted to the department chair and get their permission.



Your Instructor

Dr. Wanda Page

Dr. Wanda Page

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