Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2008/2009
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MDiv/MTS - MSW Program

This program is offered jointly by Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and the Faculty of Social Work. It integrates the curricula of both programs in such a way that a student can fulfil the requirements in four years (excluding, in the case of MDiv-MSW students, any time required by a student's church for internship) and graduate with two degrees. This program is particularly valuable for those who are interested in positions of leadership in the social agencies of the church and the community at large. Such positions would include special ministries in a hospital, prison, leisure or counselling centre setting, placements in social work agencies which work closely with the church, and occupations in groups which are involved in broad-based programs of leadership development and community renewal. Because the completion of the joint program results in the receipt of both the MDiv or MTS and the MSW degrees, persons graduating from the joint program are also qualified to apply for other positions within the fields of social work and church ministry.

The combined MDiv/MTS-MSW program normally involves two years of registration in the Seminary and two years of registration in the Faculty of Social Work. Students pay fees and are only eligible for scholarships, bursaries and awards applicable to the program in which they are registered.

There are a limited number of positions in the joint MDiv/MTS-MSW program. Normally no more than six students are admitted to the program in any particular year. Therefore, it is desirable to apply for admission to this joint program at the earliest possible date (see below for dates).

Additional Information
 
Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited Canadian university, or the equivalent;
  • A record of scholarship, documented by transcripts, which indicates a minimum average of B in the final year of the bachelor degree program, or an average of B in the final year of full-time academic work beyond the bachelor's degree
  • A social science background which includes four credits in social science, a half-credit course in research methodology in either psychology or sociology, and a half-credit course in statistics (or one full credit which is equivalent to both of these half-credit courses). An applicant who has the necessary B standing and is thereby academically eligible, but does not have the necessary prerequisite courses, must complete all the prerequisites prior to beginning the program. Additional courses required for admission to the MSW program that are completed after the requirements for the bachelor's degree have been met will be calculated into the final year GPA. To be considered for admission, the recalculated GPA must be at least a B average;
  • Evidence of personal suitability. The assessment is made by Laurier and the Seminary, based on the applicant's autobiographical statement, personal references, and pre-admission interview with selected representatives of the co-ordinating committee of the MDiv/MTS-MSW program;
  • A non-refundable application fee must accompany the application to both Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and the Faculty of Social Work. Refer to WLS and FSW for specific amounts.

Applications for the joint program must be submitted to each faculty by February 1.

 
Program Requirements

Students in the joint program simultaneously take courses in the Seminary and the Faculty of Social Work. The program normally follows the pattern of study listed below. Each student is required to complete satisfactorily the courses listed below (or their equivalent) for their selected degree in the Seminary (MTS or MDiv) and one of three areas of concentration in the Faculty of Social Work: (1) Individuals, Families and Groups [IFG], (2) Community Policy, Planning and Organizations, or (3) an integrated program combining (1) and (2) above. Students in the MDiv degree will also be required to fulfil their church's internship requirements. Continuance of students in the MDiv degree after the first term is contingent upon their obtaining and maintaining endorsement as acceptable ministry candidates by the church of which they are a member. Descriptions for the courses listed below can be found in the general course listings for the Seminary and the Faculty of Social Work.

Note: Non-thesis students are required to take two MSW electives in addition to the courses listed below. These courses are normally offered in the winter terms.

Model Program of Studies

The following is a model only. Students should consult with their program advisor in order to work out their individual program scheduling.


MTS MSW (IFG) MSW (CPPO)
Term 1 TH540A SK500
SK507
SK522
SK500
SK507
SK522

Term 2 TH540B SK541
SK552
SK504
SK541

Term 3 SK509
SK541
SK508
SK541

Term 4 TH500A
TH500C
TH520A
SK501
SK651
SK501
SK608
Term 5 TH500B
TH500D
TH520B
SK504
1 elective
SK679
1 elective
Term 6 2 electives SK641 SK641
Term 7 1 elective SK621
SK643
SK609
SK643
Term 8 2 electives SK652
SK653
1 elective
SK610
SK680
1 elective
Term 9 2 electives SK615 SK607

Students in the MTS degree will be required to select one of the following areas as their major. They must successfully complete at least 6 of the 16 half-credit courses in their chosen area of concentration: (1) historical theology; (b) New Testament studies; (c) Old Testament studies; (d) functional theology. One elective counts toward both the MTS and MSW programs.


MDiv MSW (IFG) MSW (CPPO)
Term 1 TH540A
TH560A
SK500
SK507
SK522
SK500
SK507
SK522
Term 2 TH540B SK541
SK552
SK504
SK541
Term 3 SPE (Joint setting where possible) SK541 SK541
Term 4 TH500A
TH500C
TH560C
SK501
SK641
SK501
SK641
Term 5 TH500B
TH500D
TH520B
TH667A
SK504
SK652
SK679
SK680
Term 6
SK509
SK615
SK508
SK607
Term 7

TH501A* or TH501B*
3 hr Sys-Sys
TH621e
TH661a
TH663a

SK651 SK609
Term 8 TH501A* or TH501B*
2 hr Interp. elect.
TH560D
TH661B
SK653 SK610
1 elective
Term 9
SK643 (practicum subject to availability) SK643 (practicum subject to availability)
Term 10 TH520A
TH680C
3 hr Sys-Con
SK621 SK608
Term 11 TH665C
TH680D
3 hr Exeg. elect.
3 hr. Hist. elect.
2 electives 1 elective