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

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 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

Ciara Warden, LISW, MSW Coordinator
206 College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS) 
402.554.3639
cwarden@unomaha.edu

Jeanette Harder, Ph.D., Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
206 College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS) 
402.554.2893
jharder@unomaha.edu

Criminology and Criminal Justice Contact

Lisa Sample, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
218 College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS) 
402.554.2610
lsample@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

Application Deadlines (Fall 2021)

  • Fall: January 15

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Transcript-Undergraduate weighted cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • 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 three years, 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.
  • 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, and should be 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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? 
      • 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.
  • ResumeApplicants are highly encouraged to have professional experience in the human service field.  Please submit a professional resume that identifies:
    • Professional experiences, especially in human services
    • 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
  • Writing Sample
    • Applicants who have a BSW or BSSW degree from a CSWE accredited program are required to submit a researched, APA-style, original essay addressing a social issue relevant to social work practice. Your social issue essay should be no more than five (5) pages of content, double-spaced, in a 12-point font, with a reference page. Your essay should address each of the following components:
      • Identify a contemporary social problem and its relevance to social work practice
      • Discuss the origins and causes of the social problem
      • Discuss potential solutions to the social problem
      • Evaluate potential solutions to the social problems in the context of the core values and ethical principles of social work.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based; 80 internet-based; 53 PTE, or 6.5 IELTS is required for this program.

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.

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

  • A human biology course or equivalent
  • 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 AND 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 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM I 13
SOWK 8170GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM II 13
Total Credits24
Required Core Courses
SOWK 8190RESEARCH & COMPUTER APPLICATIONS3
SOWK 8220CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK WITH INDIVIDUALS3
SOWK 8230CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS3
SOWK 8510SOCIAL WORK LEADERSHIP3
SOWK 8540PLANNING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE3
SOWK 8650HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH POLICIES FOR SOCIAL WORK3
SOWK 8290SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH3
SOWK 8400ADVANCED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM I 13
SOWK 8410ADVANCED SOCIAL WORK 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 three Social Work Electives (see below)9
SOCIAL WORK WITH THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY
WORKING WITH MINORITY ELDERLY
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 ALCOHOL/DRUG USE AND ADDICTION
ASSESSMENT AND CASE MANAGEMENT IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE
SOCIAL WORK AND THE LAW
SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
CRISIS INTERVENTION
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 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

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.