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Program combining social work and the ministry accelerates degree completion
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— Moravian Theological Seminary has joined with the Marywood University School of Social Work to offer joint degrees for students interested in applying social work principles and practice in their ministry. Under the new program, students can complete both a Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work degree in four years—as opposed to five years if taken separately at both schools. Students who wish to combine social work practice with a pastoral counseling ministry may complete the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Social Work degrees in three years—as opposed to four years if taken separately.
Dr. Cynthia J. Weaver, assistant professor of social work at Marywood, and Dr. Glenn H. Asquith, Jr., professor of pastoral theology at Moravian, initially proposed the combined curriculum to their respective faculties for approval. “The joint program is accomplished by sharing comparable requirements for both degrees and also sharing field placements that would satisfy all degree requirements,” said Dr. Asquith. “While Marywood’s main campus is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, it also has a campus at DeSales University in Allentown, where all requirements for the M.S.W. can be completed, thus making it possible for students to easily complete courses at both schools in a given semester.”
Marywood’s Master of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students who complete the joint program can be licensed in Social Work (LSW) and in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, though the clinical social work license requires an additional 2600 hours of supervised clinical work beyond the M.S.W. degree.
The degrees will be awarded separately at each respective campus upon completion. Early inquiries and applications are already indicating a positive reception of the joint degree program. A “signing ceremony” to recognize the beginning of the joint program will be held on the Moravian campus on Friday, September 26, at 1:00 p.m. The ceremony will be followed by a continuing education program on professional ethics, led by faculty from both schools, until 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 610-861-1516.