Florence, Ala. ---- Officials of the University of North Alabama and Alabama A&M University signed a partnership agreement this morning to offer an Alabama A&M satellite program for the Master of Social Work degree on the UNA campus. Through the program, students will complete coursework toward the MSW degree from Alabama A&M.
“We are proud to partner with Alabama A&M in offering this excellent graduate program on the UNA campus,” said Dr. William G. Cale Jr., UNA president. “Our intention is not only to help advance the students and alumni of UNA as they seek this course of study. We particularly want to help advance communities and populations throughout this region, and we are grateful to our colleagues at Alabama A&M for joining us in this exciting endeavor.”
The program will begin offering advanced-standing courses at UNA in January 2013. Advanced-study courses are for students already holding a bachelor’s degree in social work from a regionally accredited institution.
“The need for advanced-level social work professionals is great, particularly as the demographics of our nation continue to shift,” said Dr. Andrew Hugine Jr., Alabama A&M president. “Institutions of higher education are nobly forming bonds to better serve student needs and to become better stewards of often declining resources. This collaboration between our two institutions is a plus for the social work profession as well as the students and professionals uniquely committed to serving others.”
Alabama A&M accepted its first MSW students in 1995. Since that time, the program has prepared students – particularly students from historically oppressed populations – to become ethical, competent and advanced-level professionals. Graduates of the program assume various roles and functions benefitting vulnerable individuals, families, groups, public and private organizations and institutions, and rural and urban communities.
Both the Alabama A&M MSW program and the UNA BSW program are nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
For more information on the Alabama A&M MSW program at UNA, contact the UNA Department of Social Work at 256-765-4391 or the Alabama A&M Department of Social Work at 256-372-8776.