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
The MSW/MSCRCJ dual degree program is a collaborative effort between the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Grace Abbott School of Social Work and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The MSW/MSCRCJ offers interdisciplinary preparation in the fields of social work and criminal justice leading to the master of social work and the master of criminal justice degrees, with fewer required credit hours than it would take to obtain these degrees independently.
This dual degree program prepares students to provide a range of advanced social work services for individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities and assume leadership in the field of criminal justice and social work. Graduates with a dual MSW/MSCRCJ are prepared to respond to the needs of the community by working with delinquent and criminal populations and the systems that impact these populations.
Students beginning the MSW/MSCRCJ program at the MSW Foundation level must complete 81 credit hours total. Students beginning the MSW/MSCRCJ program at the Advanced Standing level, must complete 57 credit hours total.
Program Contact Information
Social Work Contact
Henry D'Souza, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
206 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS)
Criminology and Criminal Justice Contact
Mark Foxall, PhD, CJM, MS Coordinator
218 College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS)
Bobbie Niess, Academic Program Support
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
218 College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS)
Application Deadlines (Spring 2024 and Fall 2024)
- Spring: October 15
- Foundation MSW/MSCRCJ students (those who do not have an undergraduate degree in social work, BSSW) admitted for the spring term are limited to only the MSCRCJ coursework in spring and summer terms. The MSW coursework will be added in the fall term.
- Advanced MSW/MSCRCJ students (those with an undergraduate degree in social work, BSSW) can begin both MSCRCJ and MSW coursework in the spring term.
- Fall: February 15
- Students admitted as either Foundation MSW/MSCRCJ or Advanced MSW/MSCRCJ can begin both MSW and MSCRCJ coursework in the fall term.
- English Language Proficiency: Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English. Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the United States, OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a predetermined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.
- Internet-based TOEFL: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 53, Duolingo: 110
- Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose is an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of and fit for the social work profession, as well as your aptitude for graduate-level social work education. The Admissions Committee pays close attention to both content and writing skills. In your statement of purpose, please address each of the items listed below, in no more than five (5) pages, double-spaced, in a 12-point font. Your response to each of the items should be roughly the same length. If your statement of purpose does not clearly and directly address each of the items or does not follow the instructions, it may not be considered.
If you have a compelling autobiographical story relevant to your application, but that falls outside of the items addressed within the statement, you may add a letter to the Admissions Committee. Your letter will be considered, but will not be scored.
What type of work are you planning to engage with once you attain your MSW degree? Specifically, what are the issues, populations, and levels of practice you hope to work with after graduate school?
The social work profession is rooted in social justice. Social workers adopt a stance of cultural humility and strive towards cultural awareness. Discuss a time when you realized that one of your personal or cultural identities influenced your reaction to a social situation. Reflecting on that experience, how might it influence your future social work practice?
Social workers are self-reflective, strengths-based, and growth-oriented. Identify a strength that you possess and an area for growth. Discuss how you became aware of these, how they show up in your current professional practice, and how they may influence your future professional practice.
Social work is a values-based profession dedicated to mitigating inequality and enhancing human wellbeing, especially for vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed populations. From the core values and ethical principles identified in the NASW Code of Ethics, identify and discuss one that resonates with you and one that may challenge you.
Why have you chosen social work? Your response should demonstrate a basic understanding of the social work profession, including what distinguishes it from other helping professions.
- Resume: Applicants are highly encouraged to have professional experience in the human service field. Please submit a professional resume that identifies:
Educational experiences since high school
- List start and end dates with month and year
- Identify whether the position is part or full-time
- Identify whether the position is paid or volunteer
- Field placements, internships or practicums
- Honors or distinctions received
- Professional experiences, especially in human services
- Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required, the recommendation requests are generated from your online application. These recommendations should be from professional and academic sources who are directly familiar with your skills and experience. At least one reference should be from an immediate professional supervisor. If you have graduated from an academic program within the past two years, it is suggested that at least one reference should be from a faculty member who can speak directly to your academic preparation for graduate social work education. References from family members, family friends, personal friends, personal therapists, or other non-professional/academic sources will not be scored.
- 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 57 credit hour program available to applicants who have earned a BSSW degree from an accredited school of social work within the last 10 years.
|Required Foundation Courses|
|SOWK 8070||HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND 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 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM I 1||3|
|SOWK 8170||GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK 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 8510||SOCIAL WORK LEADERSHIP||3|
|SOWK 8540||PLANNING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE||3|
|SOWK 8650||HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH POLICIES FOR SOCIAL WORK||3|
|SOWK 8290||SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH||3|
|SOWK 8400||ADVANCED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM I 1||3|
|SOWK 8410||ADVANCED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM II 1||3|
|Advanced Research Course|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|EVALUATION OF SOCIAL PROGRAMS|
|RESEARCH OTHER THAN THESIS|
|PROGRAM EVALUATION AND POLICY ANALYSIS|
|Social Work Electives|
|Select two Social Work Electives (see below)||6|
|SOCIAL WORK WITHIN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY|
|AGING AND DIVERSITY|
|SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN|
|SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH FAMILIES|
|SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH OLDER ADULTS|
|SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH SEXUAL CONCERNS|
|SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH COUPLES AND CHANGING FAMILY STRUCTURES|
|ADVANCED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM III|
|TREATMENT ISSUES IN CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY|
|SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL ADVOCACY|
|ADMINISTRATION OF SOCIAL WELFARE AGENCIES|
|PERMANENCE FOR CHILDREN|
|FAMILY AND COMMUNITY VIOLENCE|
|TRAUMA AND RESILIENCE|
|MEDICAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS|
|ASSESSMENT AND CASE MANAGEMENT IN SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS|
|SOCIAL WORK AND THE LAW|
|SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE|
|HOSPICE & OTHER SERVICES FOR THE DYING PATIENT/FAMILY|
|TOPICAL SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK|
|SPECIAL STUDIES IN SOCIAL WELFARE|
|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 8120||RACE, CRIME AND INJUSTICE||3|
|or CRCJ 8130||SEMINAR IN WOMEN AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE|
|Select one course from the following||3|
|SEMINAR IN POLICE AND SOCIETY 2|
|SEMINAR IN CORRECTIONS 2|
|SEMINAR IN JUVENILE JUSTICE 2|
|Criminology and Criminal Justice Electives|
|Select two Criminology and Criminal Justice Electives (see below).||6|
|SEMINAR IN THE CRIMINAL COURT SYSTEM|
|CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH THEORY AND METHODOLOGY|
|SEMINAR IN CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE|
|CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATION, ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT|
|SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOR|
|CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIP|
|COMMUNITIES AND CRIME|
|INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE|
|SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE|
|RISK/NEEDS ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENTS|
|STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE & PUBLIC ADMIN|
Courses not selected from among the three listed may be used as an elective.
- CRCJ 8970 Capstone course is offered in the fall and spring semesters. Once all required coursework has been completed, the student can register to take the capstone course. The course will require students to engage in a problem-solving project involving group work, which culminates in a written report and oral presentation.
- Satisfactory completion with a grade of B or better in SOWK 8400 and SOWK 8410
Academic Policies and Standards
- The MSW Student Handbook can be found here.