MAYYAM - Social Work

Andrews University has formed a collaborative between the Department of Discipleship and Religious Education in the Seminary and the Department of Social Work in the College of Arts & Sciences to prepare students for youth and young adult ministry and social work. Students choosing this program would receive both a master’s in Youth and Young Adult Ministry and a master’s in Social Work. The objectives of this program are to equip students for various forms of ministry in which clinical and administrative skills in social work and ministry are needed; to enable students to integrate both 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; and to sensitize them to nontraditional ministry opportunities by exposing them to theories and practice skills related to counseling approaches, person-in-environment, social and economic justice, human rights and global perspectives from a Christian worldview. The program is designed to give students both master’s degrees within three years. The details of the program are as follows:

  • The dual degree will consist of 78 credits.
  • The student will need to be accepted into both programs.
  • There will be shared electives between the two programs:
    • Eight credits for the MA in Youth & Young Adult Ministry
    • Ten credits for the Master of Social Work.
  • Fieldwork will also be a shared experience, being cross-listed as DSRE660 Field Practicum/SOWK535 Field Experience/ SOWK635 Advanced Field Experience. Nine credit hours will be required for a total of 900 clock hours.
  • One course will be cross-listed and be taken in the Department of Social Work:
    • DSRE 503 - Marriage, Family, and Interpersonal Relationships with SOWK 501 - Foundations of Practice I
  • GSEM 525 - The Bible and Biblical History will be considered a prerequisite course. If the student passes the Biblical Literacy Exam (80% minimum), that will satisfy the prerequisite. If the student does not pass the exam, they will need to take the one-credit GSEM 525 (C+ minimum) in addition to the 78 credits for the dual degree.


Required Courses for the Degree (Printable Version)
Prerequisite GSEM525 The Bible & Biblical History (C+ minimum) or Pass Bible Knowledge Entrance Test (80% minimum - offered in Fall semester only) 1 credit
1st Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits Summer Semester Credits
DSRE541 Foundations of Biblical Spirituality 2 DSRE564 Advanced Youth Ministry Leadership 2 Church History Course 2
DSRE632 Contextualized Preaching for Youth 2 DSRE608 Youth and Young Adults in Contemporary Culture 2 Biblical Studies Course


DSRE534 Ministry to Youth and Young Adults 2 CHMN523 Worship: Word and Music 2    
Theology Course 2 DSRE656 Counseling Youth and Young Adults 2    
SOWK561 Social Work Research I 2 SOWK562 Social Work Research II 2    
SOWK531 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 2 SOWK532 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 2    
Totals 12   12   4
2nd Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits Summer Semester Credits
DSRE605 Issues in Religious Education
or DSRE610 Teaching for Discipleship
2 CHMN Course 2 World Mission Course 2
CHMN Course (Conflict Resolution or Church Leadership) 2 SOWK515 / DSRE635 Christian Perspectives on Ethics and Diversity 2 Theology Course 2
SOWK510 Field Seminar 0.5 SOWK510 Field Seminar 0.5    
SOWK535 Field Practicum (replaces DSRE660) 2 SOWK535 Field Practicum (replaces DSRE660) 2    

SOWK501 Foundations of Practice I
or DSRE503 Marriage, Family & Interpersonal Relationships

4 SOWK502 Foundations of Practice II 4    
Biblical Studies Course 2 SOWK550 Social Welfare Policy 2    
Total 12.5   12.5   4
3rd Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits Summer Semester Credits
SOWK605 Advanced Assessment 3 SOWK660 Advanced Practice Evaluation 3    
SOWK610 Advanced Field Seminar 0.5 SOWK610 Field Seminar 0.5    
SOWK635 Advanced Field Practicum (replaces DSRE660) 2 SOWK635 Advanced Field Practicum 3    
SOWK601 Advanced Practice I 3 SOWK602 Advaced Interpersonal Practice II 2    
SOWK689 Advanced Professional Seminar 0.5 SOWK689 Advanced Professional Seminar 0.5    
SOWK630 Policy for Social Change 3        
Totals 12   9