Social Work, MSW and Criminology and Criminal Justice, MS (MSW/CRCJ)

Grace Abbott School of Social Work, School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, College of Public Affairs & Community Service

Vision Statement

There is much overlap in the clientele social worker and criminal justice professionals serve. Correctional officers, probation/parole officers, and law enforcement professional are often placed in positions of addressing and counseling delinquents and criminals with several social maladies to manage. Moreover, social work professionals in schools, private practices, and in the capacity of Health and Human Services agencies often work with delinquent and/or criminal populations. In order to help criminal justice professionals better serve the people with whom they work, and for social workers to better understand criminal populations, the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate degree in which students can obtain a Masters in Social Work and a Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice simultaneously.

A dual MSW/MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice would respond to the needs of the community by providing specialized training in working with delinquent and criminal populations. The dual degree will provide highly qualified personnel trained to work in schools, Health Service agencies, criminal justice agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Program Contact Information

Social Work Contact

Dr. Kerry Beldin, MSW Coordinator
College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS) 206
402-554-2941
kbeldin@unomaha.edu

Dr. Peter Szto, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS) 206
402-554-2330
pszto@unomaha.edu

Criminology and Criminal Justice Contact

Dr. Lisa Sample
College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS) 218
402-554-2610
lsample@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Other Program-Related Information

  • Students must enroll in a minimum of two courses (6 credit hours) per semester.

  • Students must seek prior approval from the director of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work if they wish to take more than 12 hours of coursework in a single semester.

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: January 15

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Academic Record/Transcript-Undergraduate weighted cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • The letters must be professional in nature.  Each recommender should describe how they know you (how long and in what capacity), and why you would be a good candidate for the MSW/CRCJ program.
  • Statement of Purpose: Please answer the following statements/questions in a total of five (5) double-spaced, typewritten pages (12-point font). Your application is considered incomplete if these instructions are not followed.
    • A brief autobiographical statement that discusses who you are and the experiences that led you to social work. Trace the development of your interest in social work. Why have you chosen social work as a profession? Describe the key motivating figure(s), role model(s), or experience(s) important to your decision to become involved in social work.
    • Discuss your career objectives as a professional social worker as you now conceive them. What do you see yourself doing immediately after receiving your MSW?
    • Discuss a contemporary social problem. Include possible causes and potential solutions in your response. What contribution do you want to make to the pursuit of social and economic justice?
    • The Grace Abbott School of Social Work is committed to enrolling students who represent diverse backgrounds and have an aptitude for working with clients of diverse backgrounds. Diversity can be defined by virtue of personal characteristics such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, class and religion as other characteristics. Diversity may also include personal life experiences such as class, career history, belonging to another culture, working among another culture, dealing with significant personal challenge(s), and knowledge of more than one language. Even if you have minimal contact with people from diverse backgrounds, please address how you "think" about diversity in relation to the practice of social work ad respond to the following questions: a)What are your vies regarding diversity? b) How does diversity relate to experiences in your life?
  • Resume
    • Current resume detailing employment history, nature of duties and responsibilities, accomplishments, leadership roles, and community involvement.
  • The MS application for Criminology and Criminal Justice is completed online adhering to the same admission criteria for the MSW degree. The personal statement and letters of recommendation for admission to the MSW degree will be used by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice to admit students.

The MSW/CRCJ Foundation Program is a 81 credit hour program available to applicants who do not hold a BSSW degree from an accredited school of social work within the last 10 years.

The MSW/CRCJ Advanced Standing Program is a 39 credit hour program available to applicants who have earned a BSSW degree from an accredited school of social work within the last 10 years.

Completion of the following undergraduate prerequisite courses is required before entering the MSW/CRCJ Program.

  • A human biology course or equivalent such as anatomy
  • A research methods course (Note: There is a waiver exam available for this prerequisite)
  • A statistics course

Degree Requirements

Required Foundation Courses
SOWK 8070HUMAN BEHAVIOR & THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I3
SOWK 8080HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II3
SOWK 8090SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY3
SOWK 8110INSTITUTIONAL OPPRESSION3
SOWK 8130GENERALIST PRACTICE I3
SOWK 8150GENERALIST PRACTICE II3
SOWK 8160GENERALIST SOWK PRACTICUM I 13
SOWK 8170GENERALIST SOWK PRACTICUM II 13
Total Credits24
1

A student must receive grades of "B" or higher in practicum courses (SOWK 8160 and SOWK 8170).

Required Core Courses
SOWK 8190RESEARCH & COMPUTER APPLICATIONS3
SOWK 8220CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK WITH INDIVIDUALS3
SOWK 8230CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS3
SOWK 8250SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH FAMILIES3
SOWK 8560ADVANCED COMMUNITY PRACTICE3
SOWK 8510SUPERVISION AND PERSONNEL ADMININISTRATION3
SOWK 8540SOCIAL WELFARE PLANNING3
SOWK 8290SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH3
SOWK 8400ADVANCED SOWK PRACTICUM I 13
SOWK 8410ADVANCED SOWK PRACTICUM II 13
Advanced Research Course
Select one of the following:3
EVALUATION OF SOCIAL PROGRAMS
RESEARCH METHODS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE
RESEARCH OTHER THAN THESIS
PROGRAM EVALUATION AND POLICY ANALYSIS
Social Work Electives
Select two Social Work Electives (see below)6
SOWK 8026SOCIAL WORK WITH THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY3
SOWK 8046WORKING WITH MINORITY ELDERLY3
SOWK 8240SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN3
SOWK 8260SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH OLDER ADULTS3
SOWK 8270SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH SEXUAL CONCERNS3
SOWK 8280SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH COUPLES AND CHANGING FAMILY STRUCTURES3
SOWK 8420ADVANCED SOWK PRACTICUM III1-3
SOWK 8516TREATMENT ISSUES IN CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY3
SOWK 8550SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL ADVOCACY3
SOWK 8570ADMINISTRATION OF SOCIAL WELFARE AGENCIES3
SOWK 8600PERMANENCE FOR CHILDREN3
SOWK 8610FAMILY AND COMMUNITY VIOLENCE3
SOWK 8626TRAUMA AND RESILIENCE3
SOWK 8650HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH POLICIES FOR SOCIAL WORK3
SOWK 8686MEDICAL & PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF ALCOHOL/DRUG USE AND ADDICTION3
SOWK 8696ASSESSMENT AND CASE ASSESSMENT IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE3
SOWK 8806SOCIAL WORK AND THE LAW3
SOWK 8816SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE3
SOWK 8836CRISIS INTERVENTION3
SOWK 8856HOSPICE & OTHER SERVICES FOR THE DYING PATIENT/FAMILY3
SOWK 8886TOPICAL SEMINAR SOCIAL WORK3
SOWK 8900SPECIAL STUDIES IN SOCIAL WELFARE1-3
Required Criminology and Criminal Justice Courses
CRCJ 8010NATURE OF CRIME3
CRCJ 8020SEMINAR IN ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE3
CRCJ 8970CAPSTONE PROJECT IN CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
CRCJ 8090SEMINAR IN THEORETICAL CRIMINOLOGY3
Criminology and Criminal Justice Electives
Select two Criminology and Criminal Justice Electives (see below).6
CRCJ 8040SEMINAR IN POLICE AND SOCIETY3
CRCJ 8050SEMINAR IN CORRECTIONS3
CRCJ 8060SEMINAR IN THE CRIMINAL COURT SYSTEM3
CRCJ 8080SEMINAR IN JUVENILE JUSTICE3
CRCJ 8130SEMINAR IN WOMEN AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
CRCJ 8190INDEPENDENT STUDY1-3
CRCJ 9150SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH3
CRCJ 9170SEMINAR ON INSTITUTIONAL CORRECTIONS3
CRCJ 9200SEMINAR ON VIOLENT CRIME AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR3
CRCJ 8030CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH THEORY AND METHODOLOGY3
CRCJ 8070SEMINAR IN CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE3
CRCJ 8100CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATION, ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT3
CRCJ 8136SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOR3
CRCJ 8180CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIP3
CRCJ 8230TERRORISM3
CRCJ 8356COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS3
CRCJ 8516VIOLENCE3
CRCJ 8800SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
CRCJ 8950STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE & PUBLIC ADMIN3
CRCJ 9010SEMINAR ON LAW & SOCIAL CONTROL3
CRCJ 9030SEMINAR ON RACE, ETHNICITY, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
CRCJ 9040COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS3
CRCJ 9050ACADEMIC WRITING3
CRCJ 9080ADVANCED STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS3
CRCJ 9100SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN STATISTICAL ANALYSIS3
CRCJ 9130ADVANCED RESEARCH ON POLICING3
CRCJ 9180SEMINAR ON THE CRIMINAL COURT SYSTEM3
CRCJ 9220ADVANCED CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORY AND THEORY CONSTRUCTION3
CRCJ 9700TEACHING CRIMINAL JUSTICE AT THE COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY LEVEL3
CRCJ 9800ADVANCED RESEARCH DESIGN3
CRCJ 9980DIRECTED READINGS IN CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE1-6
Total Credits57
1

A student must receive a grade of "B" or higher in practicum courses (SOWK 8400 and SOWK 8410). 

Exit Requirements

Candidates for the dual MSW/MS in Criminology & Criminal Justice degree must pass a comprehensive exam administered by the School of Social Work in the fall and spring semesters of each academic year.

Academic Policies and Standards

  • The Academic Policies and Standards are found here.