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Certificate of Distinction in Undergraduate Social Work Research

Earn a Certificate of Distinction in Undergraduate Social Work Research at Azusa Pacific University

You’ll boost your résumé and graduate applications by simultaneously earning a degree in social work with a certificate that acknowledges your academic excellence and extensive research in the field. You’ll develop an original research project tied to your internship and have the opportunity to travel and present in competitive, well-known social work conferences. When you graduate, you’ll submit an article based on your research to a peer-reviewed academic journal in social work for potential publication.

Program at a Glance

The School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences equips students for compassionate leadership in fields like physical therapy, social work, and psychology, guided by experienced faculty and hands-on learning.

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Program Information

  • Program Units: 6


  • Azusa (Main Campus)
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Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Develop and complete an original research project tied to your social work field internship.
  • Travel and present at highly attended social work conferences.
  • Co-author an article with an instructor and submit to a peer-reviewed academic journal.

By the Numbers

1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide
10 :1 Student-to-faculty ratio
9 % Projected growth of social worker occupations from 2021 to 2031.
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Program Details

If you’re an undergraduate social work student, you can earn this certificate by meeting certain benchmarks of excellence in the program. 

Browse the tabs below—if you have questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’ll make sure you get the info you need.

To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). 

Featured Faculty

Shelly-Ann Dewsbury

Shelly-Ann Dewsbury

Assistant Professor, BSW Director, Department of Social Work

Career Outlook and Outcomes

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Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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