Youth and Young Adult Ministry/Social Work Dual Degree Program—MAYYAM/MSW

The objectives of this program are to equip students for various forms of youth ministry in which skills in social work and youth ministry are needed; to enable students to integrate both youth ministry and social work knowledge, values and skills into a multifaceted approach to Christian service, thereby enhancing their usefulness as instruments of the Holy Spirit.  The program is designed to give students both Masters degrees within three years. Both degrees are conferred by Andrews University. The program will require students to take courses in summer sessions.

Program length

This 78-credit program can typically be completed in three years.

Application deadlines

  • Fall (August – December): July 15
  • Spring (January – May): November 15
  • Summer Session 1 (May – June): March 15
  • Summer Session 2 (June – July): April 15
  • Summer Session 3 (July – August): May 15

Students who apply after the deadline will incur an additional late application fee.

Eligibility requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree: A four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 2.50 for MAYYAM and 2.60 for MSW (or 2.75 on the last half of undergraduate courses). The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply.
  • English proficiency: Students whose language of education is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.
  • Personal qualifications: Represent high moral integrity with a character, lifestyle, and spiritual commitment reflective of the beliefs and practices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and show promise of usefulness for ministry through personal maturity and adequate experience in the Church. (Persons of other faiths who are willing to live in harmony with these standards are welcome to apply.)

Admission requirements

  • Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. Download Transcript Request PDF
  • Recommendations: Three recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors, and employers—excluding relatives and friends. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume or professional history: information about your employment, research, or special projects.
  • Statement of purpose: Submit an autobiographical history and statement of purpose reflecting your family, religious development, sense of calling to ministry, experience in church work, and future goals in relationship to the MAYYAM program.
  • Interview: Meet with a representative of the MAYYAM program if required, either by personal contact, telephone, or e-mail.
  • Biblical Literacy Entrance Test: Pass with a score of 80% or take GSEM525 and pass with a grade of C+ or better.
  • Personality questionnaire: Complete and return the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire as directed.
  • Applications: Must be made separately to both the Department of Discipleship & Religious Education and the Department of Social Work. Acceptance into one of the programs does not guarantee acceptance into the other.

Additional requirements for international students

  • English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores.
  • Transcripts: Students have two options for submitting their transcripts.
    1. Sending transcripts directly from the university attended. Official, literal English translations of transcripts, along with the original-language documents, from institutions where English is not considered the official language.

      OR
    2. Having official transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES, AACRAO or ECE. Evaluations must be sent directly from the organization us and must include:
      • At least the overall GPA
      • Degree title equivalent in the U.S.
      • Date the degree was conferred
      These are the guidelines you must follow if you use any of the approved credential evaluation agencies:
      • WES: Students who choose this organization must request the WES International Credential Advantage Package (WES ICAP) which includes verified copies of official transcripts. Students using WES ICAP will not need to submit additional copies of transcripts.
      • AACRAO: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcripts in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
      • ECE: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcript in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma: A copy of the literal English translation of the diploma, along with the original-language document may be sent by email. The copy of the Diploma is not needed if the transcripts come through an approved credential evaluation agency (WES, AACRAO, ECE) listing the graduation date. Also, a copy of the diploma is not needed if the transcripts list the graduation date and degree conferred.
  • Secondary Documents: A copy of these Secondary Documents may be required where applicable.
    • Baccalaureate for the French system
    • Abitur Diploma for the German system 
    • A-level results for the British system
  • Summary of Educational Experience: Complete the educational summary form and submit to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • I-20 form: International students must obtain an I-20 form before applying for a visa. The requirements for obtaining an I-20 form are:
    • Academic acceptance
    • Payment of $3,000 advance deposit (not required for Mexico and Canada, $2000 for Summer 2013)
    • Submit the Estimated Budget Sheet showing evidence of financial resources for one academic year
    • A full semester payment in advance is required for citizens of Kenya and Ethiopia

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.

Additional Requirements for Admission

Applicants must meet the admissions requirements for each program, including all required prerequisites.

MAYYAM 

Students must either pass the Biblical Literacy Entrance Test with a score of 80% or take the course GSEM525 and pass with a grade of C+ or better.

MSW

  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in social work program courses.
  • No grade of D or F (or U) may count toward the MSW degree.

Finances

To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

Next steps

You can read up on application requirements, finances and frequently asked questions; or submit your application.

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