MBU announces new MSW program set to launch in Fall 2020



Missouri Baptist University is now accepting applications for the first cohort of the University’s  Master of Social Work program for the Fall of 2020.

The MSW program is designed so full-time students can complete the program in two years while students completing the program part time can do so within four years. MBU is the only evangelical Christian institution to offer the degree in the St. Louis area, and one of only four schools in the region to offer the degree overall.

“Empowerment and hope are at the heart of the work that social workers are privileged to do,” said Dr. Nikki Johnson, director and professor of MBU’s new social work program. “The MSW program will prepare effective advanced social work practitioners who integrate the knowledge, values, and skills of social work to advance social and economic justice, all empowered by the context of Christian service.”

Social work is a fast-growing and in-demand field. The U.S. Department of Labor –Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the average growth rate for all occupations is seven percent; however, overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

The University received approval earlier this month from the Higher Learning Commission to begin offering the MSW. The Council on Social Work Education has granted the program pre-candidacy status while MBU pursues full-accreditation.

Students can either attend classes on MBU’s main campus or virtually using video conference technology. Some course offerings will also be offered online.