The Master of Divinity and Master of Science in Social Work (MDiv/MSW) is designed for those interested in considering the role of faith and religious institutions in community health and development, the care of individuals in poverty and crisis, responses to systemic and institutional injustice, and issues of social transformation. The degree is offered in partnership with the University of Georgia’s (UGA) School of Social Work. Slated for launch fall 2014 pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities and the Association of Theological Schools.
Candler’s existing MDiv program provides a solid foundation for ministry and community leadership in faith-based organizations, including the nurture of public, prophetic voices for positive social transformation. Training in social work will further the vocational reach of dual-degree recipients by enhancing their awareness and engagement of public resources for community development; their agencies and programs; their capacities for organizational analysis; and their knowledge and experience of clinical practices in fields such as gerontology and individual and family therapy. As a result, a broader array of new leadership positions in congregations, communities and agencies will be open to MDiv/MSW recipients.
The MDiv/MSW will be a four-year program with the MDiv work concentrated primarily in years one and four and the MSW components in years two and three. Students must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and UGA. For information on the MDiv portion of the MDiv/MSW, contact the Candler registrar’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In total, students will take 75 hours of classes at Candler and 60 hours at UGA. Contextual education opportunities for both degrees will be available in Atlanta, eliminating the need to commute to Athens for field experience.