Students can study social work at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels at a variety of Christian colleges around the country. The different schools offer unique programs and vary in size, tuition rate, location and more. Explore a handful of these schools and their programs here.
The 4-year private schools that offer degree programs in social work differ in their religious denominations and a range of factors. Compare some of these schools and their tuition rates in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Spring Arbor University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Free Methodist||Spring Arbor, MI||$27,750|
|Abilene Christian University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Churches of Christ||Abilene, TX||$33,330|
|Nyack College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christ and Missionary Alliance Church||Nyack, NY||$25,350|
|Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion||4-year, private not-for-profit||Wesleyan||Marion, IN||$25,980|
|Union University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Jackson, TN||$31,510|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of the Christian Colleges that Offer Social Work Degrees
Students interested in studying social work at a Christian institution may look for programs that offer a variety of hands-on learning experiences, as well as a school that provides spiritual growth opportunities. Find out more about some of the Christian colleges with social work degrees and what makes them unique.
Spring Arbor University
The NCES reported that Spring Arbor University had a little over 2,200 undergraduate students and close to 1,140 graduate students in 2016. The university offers a traditional on-campus bachelor's and master's degree program in social work, an online bachelor's degree in social work and an adult completion program in social work. Students in the undergraduate program participate in an internship experience during their junior and senior years for hands-on experience. The program also has unique workshops and learning opportunities, such as limited-run workshops on human trafficking in 2018. Spiritual life on campus includes chapel services and a variety of fellowship groups, like Deeper (worship and fellowship), Love Builds (men's and women's small groups) and professor-led Bible studies, as well as outreach ministries, such as Project L.O.T. (local service) and spring break mission trips.
Abilene Christian University
Students at Abilene Christian University (ACU) can participate in Bible studies, worship services, spiritual communities, chapel services and service projects to grow in their faith. The university had about 3,760 undergraduates and 1,150 graduate students in 2016, per the NCES. Students interested in social work can pursue a bachelor's or master's degree in the field, as well as a Social Services Administration Certificate. Social work students can choose to participate in several social work-related learning opportunities and organizations on campus, including the National Association of Social Workers, the North American Association of Christians in Social Work, the ACU School of Social Work's Urban Studies and social work conferences.
Nyack College's School of Social Work has its own blog and quarterly newsletter and offers a bachelor's and master's degree program in the subject. According to the school's website, students in the undergraduate program take a 60 hour internship their junior year and a 200 hour internship each semester of their senior year at social service agencies to gain hands-on experience. The college promotes spiritual formation in its students through chapel services, small groups, global service learning and student organizations, like the More Than Conquerors Gospel Choir, Lost and Found (social justice) and ASAP (Appointed Steppers of Anointed Praise). In 2016, the college had about 1,450 undergraduates and about 1,050 graduate students, according to the NCES.
Indiana Wesleyan University
According to the NCES, Indiana Wesleyan University had around 2,780 undergraduate students and close to 260 graduate students in 2016. Students can pursue a traditional bachelor's or master's degree in social work at the institution, as well as a bachelor's degree completion program in the field. The undergraduate program includes seminars, research courses, practice courses and field placements. The school offers students the opportunity to take courses at the Christian Center for Urban Studies in Chicago. Students wishing to grow in their faith can attend chapel services, worship nights, Bible studies and small groups and/or serve as student leaders in Chapel Worship Leaders, Student Body Chaplains or Residence Hall Chaplains.
Union University offers a traditional and adult bachelor's degree program in social work, as well as a master's degree program in the subject. Students in the bachelor's program are encouraged to participate in faculty research and must complete a semester-long internship that can be local or international through study tours in countries like Kenya and Nicaragua. For their spiritual lives, students can participate in men's or women's cooperatives, Life Groups, chapel services, local or global outreach opportunities and university ministries. The university had close to 2,290 undergraduates and 1,180 graduate students in 2016, per the NCES.