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CU adds Master of Social Work degree

With additional degree at Carver School of Social Work, Campbellsville University now offers 11 Master's Degrees

By Joan C. McKinney, director of university communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- Campbellsville University now offers a master of social work degree that is offered in an evening and online format to accommodate the non-traditional working student, according to Dr. Darlene Eastridge, Dean of the Carver School of Social Work and Counseling.

Dr. Eastridge said the new master's degree is a program "intended for people employed in social work positions who need a graduate degree for promotion or licensure yet who are unable to travel to urban areas and who are forced to settle for degrees that do not meet qualifications for social service supervisory positions."

The MSW courses are offered in 10-week trimester sessions with many trimesters requiring only one night a week on campus. The degree is a 60-hour credit program for two years.

"This program is attractive to local students due to the close proximity to their homes," Dr. Eastridge said. "The program provides students an opportunity to attain a master degree that prepares them for leadership, program development and administration," she said.

Dr. Eastridge said another reason for students to enroll in the master of social work degree is that at CU you receive "specialized attention." She said the average size of the graduate class is less than seven students per course.

"The goal of the MSW program is to prepare graduates to work in a variety of settings with a variety of client types and systems," she said.

She said models emphasizing the ecological and strength perspectives are infused throughout the educational experience.

"Using these models within a Christian/social work value base, graduates are prepared to provide assessment and intervention transactions with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations," Dr. Eastridge said.

She said the curriculum in family practice addresses needs and concerns identified by the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children in their current and pending shortages of professionally trained social workers.
All graduate courses are offered by qualified and appropriately degreed professors, she said.

"Our master of social work program offers a great bargain, special attention and minimal time away from home and family plus you get academic mentorship and preparation," Dr. Eastridge said.

She said each student receives an academic advisor who will guide and direct their personal educational experience.

Dr. Eastridge said another goal of the social work program at Campbellsville University is to fill the gap in Christian education created by the dissolution of the Carver School of Church Social Work brought about by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1996.

She said there is a lack of Baptist affiliated MSW programs in the United States, and that undergraduate social work students at CU expressed an interest in having the more advanced degree. She said undergraduate enrollment in the social work program at CU has a 12.4 student class size.

"We at Campbellsville University view social work as a helping profession sanctioned by society to assist in the elmination of human suffering," Dr. Eastridge said.

Here is the complete list of Master's Programs now offered at CU:
  1. Master of arts in education (MAE)
  2. Master of arts in special education (MASE) -- learning and behavior disorders
  3. Master of arts in music (MAM)
  4. Master of arts in social sciences (MASS)
  5. Master of science in counseling (MSC)
  6. Master of business administration (MBA)
  7. Master of music in church music (MMCM)
  8. Master of music in music education (MMME)
  9. Master of teaching English to speakers of other languages (MTESOL)
  10. Master of theology (M.Th.)
  11. Master of social work (MSW)
If you have questions about the program, contact Eastridge at or call Karla Deaton, coordinator for graduate and extended programs, at (270) 789-5078 or

This story was posted on 2008-04-22 07:36:56
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