About the Program

Mission Statement

The MSW program in the Department of Social Work at Azusa Pacific University seeks to develop competent advanced social work practitioners who can integrate the knowledge, values, and skills of social work to advance social justice and provide services to assist individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Grounded in the profession’s Code of Ethics and sensitivity to diversity, the MSW program is committed to excellence in our teaching and scholarship, the integration of faith and learning, the development of professional leadership, and the strengthening of communities in local, national, and international contexts.

MSW Program Goals

The following outcome goals are derived from the mission statement and purposes of social work education congruent with accreditation standards:

  1. Graduates will exhibit competence in generalist and advanced social work practice with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, including appropriate uses of supervision, consultation, and discernment, to seek necessary organizational change.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge, built on a liberal arts foundation, of the history of the social work profession and empirically supported theoretical frameworks that provide understanding of individual development and behavior across the life span and interactions among and between individuals and families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking skills, skills related to the effective integration of research in practice, and adequate preparation for leadership, advanced study, and lifelong learning.
  4. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge and skills to partner with communities to advocate for the development of policies and programs that seek to advance human rights and well-being, promote social and economic justice, empower clients, and respect diversity.
  5. Graduates will practice according to the values and ethics of the profession and understand the ethical integration of Christian faith in practice, including nondiscrimination in the areas of age, class, culture, color, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
  6. Faculty will engage in ongoing scholarship reflecting the goals and needs of professional social work practice.

MSW Student Learning Outcomes
and Competencies

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. Apply ethical social work principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene with, and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  11. Articulate how Christian beliefs and values can be integrated in professional social work practice in accordance with the social work Code of Ethics.

Foundation Year Competencies and Practice Behaviors

Student Learning Outcome 1/EPAS Competency 2.1.1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.

  • Demonstrates professional social work roles and boundaries.
  • Demonstrates demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication.
  • Demonstrates professional time management skills and accountability in punctuality, attendance, paperwork, and assignments.
  • Uses supervision and consultation effectively.

Student Learning Outcome 2/EPAS Competency 2.1.2: Apply ethical social work principles to guide professional practice.

  • Is knowledgeable about the value base of the profession and makes ethical decisions by applying standards consistent with the NASW Code of Ethics and other guidelines/principles of the profession.
  • Recognizes and manages personal values and biases in ways that allow professional values to guide practice.
  • Recognizes and tolerates ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts.
  • Applies strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions.

Student Learning Outcome 3/EPAS Competency 2.1.3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

  • Uses critical thinking augmented by creativity and curiosity.
  • Is able to comprehend, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge including research-based knowledge and practice wisdom.
  • Utilizes appropriate models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrates effective oral communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues.
  • Demonstrates effective written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues.

Student Learning Outcome 4/EPAS Competency 2.1.4: Engage diversity and difference in practice.

  • Knowledge about and respectful of clients who differ by factors such as age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, immigration status, political ideology, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
  • Recognizes the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power in shaping life experience.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness in eliminating the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups, including treating clients with dignity and respect.
  • Views self as a student of cultural differences and those she/he works with as cultural experts.

Student Learning Outcome 5/EPAS Competency 2.1.5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice.

  • Recognizes that each person, regardless of position in society, has basic human rights, such as freedom, safety, privacy, and an adequate standard of living, health care, and education.
  • Identifies the forms, mechanisms, and interconnections of oppression and is knowledgeable about theories of justice and strategies to promote human and civil rights.
  • Is skilled at advocating for and engaging in practices that promote social and economic justice.

Student Learning Outcome 6/EPAS Competency 2.1.6: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

  • Employs evidence-based interventions and policies.
  • Integrates research findings and professional judgment to improve practice, policy, and social service delivery.
  • Evaluates their own practice for effectiveness and improvement.

Student Learning Outcome 7/EPAS Competency 2.1.7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of human behavior across the life course.
  • Understands social systems and how they promote or inhibit people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of person-in-environment, including biological, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual development of clients/client systems.
  • Utilizes a range of theoretical frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation.

Student Learning Outcome 8/EPAS Competency 2.1.8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.

  • Demonstrates understanding of the role of policy in service delivery and the role of practice in policy development.
  • Analyzes and advocates for policies that promote social well-being for individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Recognizes the importance of collaboration with colleagues and clients for effective policy action.

Student Learning Outcome 9/EPAS Competency 2.1.9: Respond to contexts that shape practice.

  • Seeks information and resources, and is proactive in responding to evolving organizational, community, and societal contexts of practice.
  • Continuously discovers, appraises, and attends to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services.

Student Learning Outcome 10/EPAS Competency 2.1.10: Engage, assess, intervene with, and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities:

    EPAS Competency 2.1.10(A): Engagement

    • Develop rapport and address confidentiality appropriately with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and/or communities.
    • Use empathy and other interpersonal skills (e.g. attending behaviors and basic interviewing skills).
    • Develop a mutually agreed-upon focus of work and desired outcomes.

    EPAS Competency 2.1.10(B): Assessment

    • Collect, organize, and interpret client system/organizational data.
    • Assess clients’/client systems’ strengths and limitations.
    • Develop mutually agreed-upon intervention goals and objectives and select appropriate intervention strategies.

    EPAS Competency 2.1.10(C): Intervention

    • Initiate actions to achieve goals within the context of the organization.
    • Incorporate prevention interventions to enhance client capacities.
    • Assist clients/client systems in problem resolution and desired outcomes.
    • Negotiate mediates, and advocate for clients/client systems.
    • Facilitate transitions and endings.

    EPAS Competency 2.1.10(D): Evaluation

    • Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions.
    • Utilize evaluation data to revise interventions.

Student Learning Outcome 11: Faith Integration: Articulate how Christian beliefs and values can be integrated in professional social work practice in accordance with the social work Code of Ethics.

  • Demonstrates an understanding of a Christian world view as related to social work practice.
  • Critically analyze how Christian, spiritual, or religious traditions assist or hinder the helping process.

Clinical Concentration Competencies
and Practice Behaviors

Student Learning Outcome 1/EPAS Competency 2.1.1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.

  • Demonstrate advanced insight in personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development.
  • Demonstrate professional use of self and the influence on the client-practitioner relationship.
  • Demonstrate ability to assume a leadership role, effectively representing the social work perspective.
  • Use supervision and consultation effectively.

Student Learning Outcome 2/EPAS Competency 2.1.2: Apply ethical social work principles to guide professional practice.

  • Apply ethical decision-making skills to address complex and ambiguous ethical conflicts.
  • Employ strategies of ethical reasoning to address the use of technology in clinical practice and its effect on client rights.
  • Identify and use knowledge of relationship dynamics, including power differentials, to resolve ethical dilemmas.

Student Learning Outcome 3/EPAS Competency 2.1.3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

  • Engage in reflexive practice, integrating reflection, knowledge, and experience in real-time clinical contexts.
  • Communicate professional judgments to other social workers and to professionals from other disciplines, in verbal and written formats.

Student Learning Outcome 4/EPAS Competency 2.1.4: Engage diversity and difference in practice.

  • Identify cultural structures and values that oppress and/or enhance privilege or power.
  • Demonstrate advanced insight into personal biases and values and their influence on work with diverse clients, extending consistent dignity and respect to others.
  • Apply cultural humility and competence in adapting integrated health services to meet diverse client needs.

Student Learning Outcome 5/EPAS Competency 2.1.5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice.

  • Consistently apply knowledge of the effects of oppression, discrimination, and historical trauma on clients and client systems to guide treatment planning and intervention.
  • Advocate at multiple levels for mental health parity and reduction of health disparities for diverse populations.

Student Learning Outcome 6/EPAS Competency 2.1.6: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

  • Use the evidence-based practice process in clinical assessment and intervention with clients.
  • Use knowledge and research to advance best practices in social work.
  • Use research methodology to evaluate clinical practice effectiveness and/or outcomes.

Student Learning Outcome 7/EPAS Competency 2.1.7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

  • Demonstrate ability to synthesize and differentially apply theories of human behavior and the social environment to guide clinical practice.
  • Use bio-psycho-social-spiritual theories and diagnostic classification systems in formulation of comprehensive assessments.

Student Learning Outcome 8/EPAS Competency 2.1.8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.

  • Demonstrate understanding of regional, state, and national policies that influence the delivery of social work services.
  • Engage in policy practice that promotes social well-being for individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Appraise current policy development and trends to engage in effective client advocacy.

Student Learning Outcome 9/EPAS Competency 2.1.9: Respond to contexts that shape practice.

  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize various ecological frameworks to assess the quality of clients’ interactions within their social contexts.
  • Work collaboratively with others in internal and external environments to effect systemic change that is sustainable.

Student Learning Outcome 10/EPAS Competency 2.1.10: Engage, assess, intervene with, and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

    EPAS 2.1.10(A): Engagement

    • Demonstrate ability to attend to the interpersonal dynamics and contextual factors that both strengthen and potentially threaten the therapeutic alliance.
    • Establish a relationally based process that encourages clients to be equal participants in the establishment of treatment goals and expected outcomes.
    • Develop, manage, and maintain therapeutic relationships with clients within the person-in-environment and strengths perspective.
    • Utilize appropriate multidimensional assessment instruments.

    EPAS 2.1.10(B): Assessment

    • Articulate multiple influences effecting clients’ readiness for change.
    • Select and modify appropriate intervention strategies based on continuous clinical assessment.
    • Critically apply diagnostic classification systems in a process of continuous assessment.

    EPAS 2.1.10(C): Intervention

    • Critically select and apply best practices and evidence-based interventions.
    • Demonstrate the use of appropriate clinical techniques for a range of presenting concerns identified in the assessment, including crisis intervention and prevention strategies as needed.
    • Collaborate effectively with other professionals to coordinate treatment interventions.

    EPAS 2.1.10(D): Evaluation

    • Use clinical evaluation of the process and/or outcomes to develop best practice interventions for a range of bio-psycho-social-spiritual conditions.
    • Utilize outcomes data to evaluate effectiveness of applied interventions.

Student Learning Outcome 11: Faith Integration: Articulate how Christian beliefs and values can be ethically integrated in professional social work practice in accordance with the social work Code of Ethics.

  • Apply Christian beliefs and values, as appropriate to client needs, in an ethical manner.
  • Integrate faith-based interventions as applicable to practice contexts.
  • Integrate clients’ religious, spiritual, and faith traditions and/or faith communities, as indicated, to enhance coping.

Community Concentration Competencies
and Practice Behaviors

Student Learning Outcome 1/EPAS Competency 2.1.1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.

  • Demonstrate advanced insight in personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development.
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively represent the social work discipline when collaborating and consulting with other professionals.
  • Demonstrate ability to assume a leadership role, effectively representing the social work perspective.
  • Use supervision and consultation effectively.

Student Learning Outcome 2/EPAS Competency 2.1.2: Apply ethical social work principles to guide professional practice.

  • Apply ethical decision-making skills to address complex and ambiguous ethical conflicts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical management and fiscal practices.
  • Understand ethical dilemmas and recognize cultural relativity in domestic and/or international human rights laws and policy.

Student Learning Outcome 3/EPAS Competency 2.1.3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

  • Use logic, critical thinking, and creativity in written and oral communication with organizations and communities.
  • Able to critically evaluate program design and service delivery models for efficiency and effectiveness.

Student Learning Outcome 4/EPAS Competency 2.1.4: Engage diversity and difference in practice.

  • Identify cultural structures and values that oppress and/or enhance privilege or power.
  • Demonstrate advanced insight into personal biases and values and their influence on work with diverse clients, extending consistent dignity and respect to others.
  • Apply cultural humility and competence in adapting policies, programs, and services to meet the diverse needs of populations.

Student Learning Outcome 5/EPAS Competency 2.1.5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice.

  • Promote and advocate for the rights of clients who represent ethnic minorities, who are part of migrant, immigrant communities, and who express diverse political, sexual, or religious orientation.
  • Apply theoretical frameworks when analyzing human rights and social justice issues related to urban planning and social and environmental justice.
  • Contribute to correcting injustices, advocating for the rights of diverse client populations and establishing social and economic justice.

Student Learning Outcome 6/EPAS Competency 2.1.6: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

  • Utilize research data to analyze social, economic, and ecological factors that contribute to domestic and/or international social problems.
  • Construct and utilize best practice, evidence-informed research to develop and implement community and organizational interventions.
  • Use research methodology to evaluate social work practice effectiveness and/or outcomes.

Student Learning Outcome 7/EPAS Competency 2.1.7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

  • Demonstrate ability to synthesize and differentially apply theories of human behavior and the social environment to guide macro practice.
  • Demonstrate theoretical knowledge of the global and/or domestic economic impact on marginalized people groups.

Student Learning Outcome 8/EPAS Competency 2.1.8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.

  • Demonstrate understanding of regional, state, national, and international policies that influence the delivery of social work services.
  • Engage and collaborate in the policy arena on behalf of community and organizational interests.

Student Learning Outcome 9/EPAS Competency 2.1.9: Respond to contexts that shape practice.

  • Analyze and respond to changing task environments that impact communities and organizations.
  • Work collaboratively with others in internal and external environments to effect systemic change that is sustainable.
  • Continuously stay informed of new technological developments and their application to improve service delivery, information management, and/or fundraising strategies.

Student Learning Outcome 10/EPAS Competency 2.1.10: Engage, assess, intervene with, and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

    EPAS 2.1.10(A): Engagement

    • Use interpersonal and participatory skills to engage constituents in the change process.
    • Pursue reciprocal relationships to develop desired outcomes and expectations.

    EPAS 2.1.10(B): Assessment

    • Research, gather, analyze, and interpret system, policy, community, and organizational data.
    • Select and modify appropriate intervention strategies based on research evidence and continuous assessment.
    • Develop mutually agreed-upon goals and measureable objectives.

    EPAS 2.1.10(C): Intervention

    • Initiate strategies and/or actions to achieve goals and objectives within the context of organization, community, and policy arenas.
    • Collaborate effectively with constituents to facilitate sustainable change.

    EPAS 2.1.10(D): Evaluation

    • Apply research to identify established evaluation tools and outcome measurements.
    • Design and implement an evaluation plan to assess organizational, community, or policy outcomes.
    • Use participatory methods, involving community and organizational constituencies, to evaluate interventions and recommend future actions.

Student Learning Outcome 11: Faith Integration: Articulate how Christian beliefs and values can be ethically integrated in professional social work practice in accordance with the social work Code of Ethics.

  • Understand the contributions and capacity of faith-based organizations and churches as resources in the delivery of social services.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the ethical integration of personal faith and core values as a social worker.
  • Recognize the contributions of the global Christian community in promoting global social justice.

Program Schedules

Full-Time Schedule

Year 1: Fall

Year 1: Spring

Year 2: Fall

Community Practice Concentration
Clinical Practice Concentration

Year 2: Spring

Community Practice Concentration
  • SOCW 541 Capstone Leadership Project
  • SOCW 542 International Social Work Policy and Practice
  • SOCW 543 Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Fiscal Decision Making
  • SOCW 544 Field Seminar IV
  • SOCW 545 Field IV: Community Practice
  • SOCW Elective
Clinical Practice Concentration

Note: Field internship (Field I–IV) is 16 hours per week, to be arranged with agency.

Part-Time Schedule

Year 1: Fall

  • SOCW 511 Introduction to the Social Work Profession
  • SOCW 522 Diversity and Social Justice
  • SOCW 513 Micro-theory and Human Development

Year 1: Spring

  • SOCW 521 Introductory Research Methods
  • SOCW 512 Social Welfare Policy and Policy Practice
  • SOCW 523 Macro-theory and Practice with Communities and Organizations

Year 2: Fall

Year 2: Spring

Year3: Fall

Community Practice Concentration
  • SOCW 531 Human Rights and Sustainable Development
  • SOCW 532 Advanced Community Practice
  • SOCW 533 Organizational Behavior and Management
Clinical Practice Concentration

Year3: Spring

Community Practice Concentration
  • SOCW 543 Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Fiscal Decision Making
  • SOCW 542 International Social Work Policy and Practice
  • SOCW Elective
Clinical Practice Concentration
  • SOCW 546 Advanced Clinical Practice II
  • SOCW 547 Social Welfare Policy and Health/Mental Health Care
  • SOCW Elective

Year4: Fall

Community Practice Concentration
Clinical Practice Concentration

Year4: Spring

Community Practice Concentration
Clinical Practice Concentration

Note: Field internship (Field I–IV), taken in second and fourth years, is 16 hours per week and to be arranged with agency.

Note: Weekend-intensive courses meet 3–5 Saturdays per month (8 a.m.–6 p.m.), depending on unit load.

Career Opportunities

Social workers help people manage and overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges. They provide individual, family, and group therapy; facilitate crisis prevention and intervention; advocate and participate in political action; and collaborate with communities to develop necessary social and economic resources.

Social work is especially committed to advancing social justice and increasing opportunities for vulnerable populations. Settings in which social workers practice include:

  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Schools
  • Counseling Centers
  • Child Welfare Agencies
  • Adoption/Foster Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • International Social Work Agencies
  • Violence Prevention/Victim Assistance
  • Older Adult Services
  • Probation and Parole Agencies
  • Political Advocacy
  • Employee Assistance Programs

Student Experiences

Graduates of APU’s Master of Social Work program have repeatedly affirmed the high quality of its faculty, coursework, and internships:

Frequently Asked Questions

Admission Information

When are applications due?
The early admission and Advanced Standing deadline is January 15. The regular admission deadline is March 1. Applications may be accepted after March 1 if there are still any openings. Please call (626) 857-2400 before submitting a late application.

Do I have to take the GRE?
No, we do not require the GRE.

Can I apply if my undergraduate degree is not in social work?
Yes. We accept applications from students with any undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university or college.

What is the GPA requirement?
APU requires a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for regular admission. If a student earned a baccalaureate GPA of 2.50 to 2.99, he or she could be admitted provisionally, and must earn a B (3.0) in each course for the first 12 units to stay in the program and have the provisional status removed.

Advanced Standing requires graduation from a CSWE-accredited BSW program with a minimum 3.0 GPA (social work courses must have been completed with a minimum 3.0 GPA).

Are there any prerequisite courses?
Completion of a Statistics course (3 semester units, with a grade of C or higher). If Statistics has not been taken at the time of MSW application, it must be completed (at any regionally accredited college or university) prior to the start of the MSW program in the fall. Proof of registration in a Statistics course must be given to the MSW director of student services by April 1, with proof of progression given by June 15. Proof of completion is due by September 1. Applicants needing Statistics will be admitted on provisional status until proof of completion of course is submitted, at which time provisional status will be removed.

For advanced standing applicants, a working knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is strongly recommended. Abnormal Psychology is a suggested prerequisite unless knowledge has been gained through use of the DSM in the workplace.

How do I find out about financial aid?
Please refer to the Graduate Student Financial Services website. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to continue receiving financial aid.

Can I attend part time?
The four-year part-time program consists of classes one night per week. In addition, there are four weekend-intensive courses throughout the program, which meet three to five times per semester on Saturdays (8 a.m.–6 p.m.). Internships (16 hours per week) take place in the second and fourth years of the program. While all classes are scheduled for evenings and weekends to allow students to continue working, students must have flexible work schedules that accommodate an internship two days per week (during the traditional Monday–Friday workweek).

Do you offer an Advanced Standing program?
Yes. APU has a nine-month full-time (August–May) and a two-year part-time Advanced Standing program. This is available only for graduates of CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work programs with a minimum 3.0 GPA (both cumulative and in social work classes). Advanced Standing students are required to work 20 hours per week in an internship. Part-time students work in an internship in their second year, with classes evenings and weekends.

Do I need to submit reference letters?
Yes. We require three reference letters from individuals familiar with your academic and/or professional abilities. The forms are provided with the MSW application materials and are also available online (please use specific MSW reference forms).

What else do I need to include with the MSW application?
Applicants are required to submit a personal statement (6–8 pages, double spaced), and include attention to each of the following:

  1. Motivation for pursuing MSW education, including relevant background experiences and professional goals.
  2. Professional and volunteer experiences related to social work.
  3. Expectations regarding attending a Christian university for the MSW program, and approach to faith integration in scholarship and service. (Although no admissions requirements exist regarding faith orientation, Christian and other religious perspectives may be presented and discussed in classes.)
  4. Discussion of a social problem of interest to you, including your perceptions of the causes of and potential solutions to the problem.
  5. Discussion of an ethical challenge you have encountered in professional, field, or volunteer work, and how you resolved it.

Do I also need to complete the APU Graduate Application form?
Yes. We require completion of the APU Graduate Application form, in addition to the MSW application form. Please send in a complete application package with the required $45 application fee. APU alumni are not required to pay an application fee.

Can I transfer in any units?
Students previously enrolled in a CSWE-accredited MSW program may be able to transfer up to 12 units of foundation-year courses (completed within the last five years of the projected graduation date). In addition, it is possible to transfer up to six units of elective credit from another graduate program, providing the courses are relevant to the MSW program and have been completed within the last five years of admission to the program. All transfer requests will be assessed by the MSW program director for eligibility after admission to the program.

What are the requirements to apply for advanced standing?
Students must have a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a B or higher in all social work classes. Preference will be given to applicants who have graduated within the past five years, although up to seven years is permissible. A working knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual is strongly recommended—Abnormal Psychology is a suggested prerequisite unless knowledge has been gained through use of the DSM in the workplace.

Program Information

How long is the Advanced Standing program?
The full-time Advanced Standing program is nine months. Students take three weeks of courses in August (6 units), then begin second-year MSW courses in September. Graduation occurs in early May. The part-time Advanced Standing program is two years. Students take three weeks of courses in August (6 units), followed by two years of part-time coursework beginning in September.

What concentrations do you offer?
We currently offer concentrations in Community Practice and Partnerships and Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families. Please see our web pages for detailed information on each concentration.

Do I find my own internships?
Our director of field education places students with qualified, trained field instructors at internship sites. Students are required to interview with the agency they are referred to. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the field site, with possible home visits at some internships.

How long are the internships?
Students in the two-year full-time program spend approximately 16 hours per week at internships throughout the whole program. A new internship is assigned for the second year in order to expand students’ learning experience. Students in the four-year part-time program spend approximately 16 hours per week at internships in the second and fourth years of the program. Internship schedules are determined by the agency (usually Monday-Friday during traditional work hours when supervisors are available). Students must be willing to be flexible with regard to agency hours. A total of 960 internship hours are needed in order to graduate (480 hours per internship year). Some agencies require students to work 20 to 24 hours per week in the second internship. Students in the Advanced Standing program spend 20 hours per week at their internship.

Do you offer online courses?
No. All courses are at the Azusa campus. Courses in the part-time program are, however, scheduled on evenings and weekends.

Do you offer summer courses?
All required classes are fall semester (September-December) and spring semester (January-late April/early May). Two summer elective courses are currently offered.

General Information

Where is Azusa Pacific University located?
APU is located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles in Azusa, California. This vibrant Southern California urban environment offers many diverse opportunities for field placements in all areas of social work.

Do you have graduate housing?
For information on graduate housing and other local rental accommodations, go to apu.edu/asset/students/. Surrounding cities include Glendora, San Dimas, Covina, Claremont, La Verne, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, and Arcadia.

Does APU have a wireless network?
Yes. The wireless network is available on all parts of campus.

What other campus resources does APU offer?
APU has a counseling center, duplicating and graphics center, bookstore, writing center, three libraries, fitness center, health center, computer centers, shuttle service, campus safety, and various dining venues.

What recreational activities are available nearby?
APU’s Azusa campus is centrally located with easy access to a wide variety of exciting places. You can be at the beach or in the mountains in about an hour; in the desert in two hours; in downtown Los Angeles or Hollywood in 30 minutes; or in Pasadena in 20 minutes. There are also many beautiful places nearby to hike or ride bikes. For those interested in diversity, theatre, arts, and music, this is the place to be. Learn more about our campus and view photos online.

Whom can I contact with other questions about the MSW program?
Please contact Karen Maynard, M.A., director of student services/assistant professor, at kmaynard@apu.edu or (626) 857-2400 with any questions.

Social Work Resources

The Department of Social Work can connect you with resources that will prove indispensable to your education and career as a social worker.

Graduate and Professional Center

The Azusa Pacific University Graduate and Professional Center houses Graduate Admissions, Graduate Student Financial Services, and the Graduate Registrar. Located in one convenient center, these offices work as an integrated team to provide students with the tools and services they need to enter and proceed through their graduate program. For more information, visit the Graduate and Professional Center or call (626) 815-4570.

Contact Information Location and Hours

Graduate and Professional Center
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

(800) 825-5278
(626) 815-4570
Fax (626) 815-4571
gpc@apu.edu
apu.edu/gpc

Administration West Building
568 E. Foothill Blvd.
Azusa, CA 91702

Monday–Thursday
    8:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday
    9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.