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
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
Dr. Peter Szto, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS) 206
Criminology and Criminal Justice Contact
Dr. Lisa Sample
College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS) 218
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.
- Fall: January 15
- 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?
- 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
|Required Foundation Courses|
|SOWK 8070||HUMAN BEHAVIOR & THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I||3|
|SOWK 8080||HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II||3|
|SOWK 8090||SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY||3|
|SOWK 8110||INSTITUTIONAL OPPRESSION||3|
|SOWK 8130||GENERALIST PRACTICE I||3|
|SOWK 8150||GENERALIST PRACTICE II||3|
|SOWK 8160||GENERALIST SOWK PRACTICUM I 1||3|
|SOWK 8170||GENERALIST SOWK PRACTICUM II 1||3|
|Required Core Courses|
|SOWK 8190||RESEARCH & COMPUTER APPLICATIONS||3|
|SOWK 8220||CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK WITH INDIVIDUALS||3|
|SOWK 8230||CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS||3|
|SOWK 8250||SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH FAMILIES||3|
|SOWK 8560||ADVANCED COMMUNITY PRACTICE||3|
|SOWK 8510||SUPERVISION AND PERSONNEL ADMININISTRATION||3|
|SOWK 8540||SOCIAL WELFARE PLANNING||3|
|SOWK 8290||SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH||3|
|SOWK 8400||ADVANCED SOWK PRACTICUM I 1||3|
|SOWK 8410||ADVANCED SOWK PRACTICUM II 1||3|
|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 8026||SOCIAL WORK WITH THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY||3|
|SOWK 8046||WORKING WITH MINORITY ELDERLY||3|
|SOWK 8240||SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN||3|
|SOWK 8260||SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH OLDER ADULTS||3|
|SOWK 8270||SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH SEXUAL CONCERNS||3|
|SOWK 8280||SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH COUPLES AND CHANGING FAMILY STRUCTURES||3|
|SOWK 8420||ADVANCED SOWK PRACTICUM III||1-3|
|SOWK 8516||TREATMENT ISSUES IN CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY||3|
|SOWK 8550||SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL ADVOCACY||3|
|SOWK 8570||ADMINISTRATION OF SOCIAL WELFARE AGENCIES||3|
|SOWK 8600||PERMANENCE FOR CHILDREN||3|
|SOWK 8610||FAMILY AND COMMUNITY VIOLENCE||3|
|SOWK 8626||TRAUMA AND RESILIENCE||3|
|SOWK 8650||HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH POLICIES FOR SOCIAL WORK||3|
|SOWK 8686||MEDICAL & PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF ALCOHOL/DRUG USE AND ADDICTION||3|
|SOWK 8696||ASSESSMENT AND CASE ASSESSMENT IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE||3|
|SOWK 8806||SOCIAL WORK AND THE LAW||3|
|SOWK 8816||SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE||3|
|SOWK 8836||CRISIS INTERVENTION||3|
|SOWK 8856||HOSPICE & OTHER SERVICES FOR THE DYING PATIENT/FAMILY||3|
|SOWK 8886||TOPICAL SEMINAR SOCIAL WORK||3|
|SOWK 8900||SPECIAL STUDIES IN SOCIAL WELFARE||1-3|
|Required Criminology and Criminal Justice Courses|
|CRCJ 8010||NATURE OF CRIME||3|
|CRCJ 8020||SEMINAR IN ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE||3|
|CRCJ 8970||CAPSTONE PROJECT IN CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE||3|
|CRCJ 8090||SEMINAR IN THEORETICAL CRIMINOLOGY||3|
|Criminology and Criminal Justice Electives|
|Select two Criminology and Criminal Justice Electives (see below).||6|
|CRCJ 8040||SEMINAR IN POLICE AND SOCIETY||3|
|CRCJ 8050||SEMINAR IN CORRECTIONS||3|
|CRCJ 8060||SEMINAR IN THE CRIMINAL COURT SYSTEM||3|
|CRCJ 8080||SEMINAR IN JUVENILE JUSTICE||3|
|CRCJ 8130||SEMINAR IN WOMEN AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE||3|
|CRCJ 8190||INDEPENDENT STUDY||1-3|
|CRCJ 9150||SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH||3|
|CRCJ 9170||SEMINAR ON INSTITUTIONAL CORRECTIONS||3|
|CRCJ 9200||SEMINAR ON VIOLENT CRIME AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR||3|
|CRCJ 8030||CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH THEORY AND METHODOLOGY||3|
|CRCJ 8070||SEMINAR IN CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE||3|
|CRCJ 8100||CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATION, ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT||3|
|CRCJ 8136||SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOR||3|
|CRCJ 8180||CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIP||3|
|CRCJ 8356||COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS||3|
|CRCJ 8800||SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE||3|
|CRCJ 8950||STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE & PUBLIC ADMIN||3|
|CRCJ 9010||SEMINAR ON LAW & SOCIAL CONTROL||3|
|CRCJ 9030||SEMINAR ON RACE, ETHNICITY, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE||3|
|CRCJ 9040||COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS||3|
|CRCJ 9050||ACADEMIC WRITING||3|
|CRCJ 9080||ADVANCED STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS||3|
|CRCJ 9100||SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN STATISTICAL ANALYSIS||3|
|CRCJ 9130||ADVANCED RESEARCH ON POLICING||3|
|CRCJ 9180||SEMINAR ON THE CRIMINAL COURT SYSTEM||3|
|CRCJ 9220||ADVANCED CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORY AND THEORY CONSTRUCTION||3|
|CRCJ 9700||TEACHING CRIMINAL JUSTICE AT THE COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY LEVEL||3|
|CRCJ 9800||ADVANCED RESEARCH DESIGN||3|
|CRCJ 9980||DIRECTED READINGS IN CRIMINOLOGY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE||1-6|
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.