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School of Social Work

The School of Social Work

Social work has been a part of the curriculum at Texas State University since the Department of Sociology first offered a social work course in 1975. Initially a curriculum sequence within the sociology major, social work would later became an academic minor and finally an academic major. The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) was first accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in 1978, an accreditation that has been reaffirmed in 1985, 1992, 2000, 2004, and 2012. The Department of Social Work was organized in 1995, joining the College of Health Professions. The Department was designated the School of Social Work in 2001, and the School joined the College of Applied Arts in 2009.

The Purpose, Mission, and Vision of the School of Social Work

Through an educational program which is consistent with the standards approved by the Council on Social Work Education, the Texas State University School of Social Work graduates 1) BSW students who are well prepared for professional entry-level generalist social work practice, and 2) MSW students who are equipped for advanced, specialized practice (in the generalist model) in either direct practice or administration.

The School of Social Work at Texas State University aims to educate skilled, competent social workers prepared to practice in a dynamic, diverse social environment. The School prepares social workers who can effectively and ethically lead human service efforts to enhance human well-being and productivity, help alleviate poverty, and strengthen social justice. The School aims to create and refine useful intervention technologies while enhancing services, especially for people who are disadvantaged and often forgotten.

The School of Social Work at Texas State University is committed to empowering our students and faculty to be ethical leaders, skilled in both creative and critical thinking who will be at the forefront of creating positive change and improving the lives of the most vulnerable members of society.


The School of Social Work MSW Program Awarded

$1.4 Million HRSA Grant

The School of Social Work has been awarded a $1.4 million D.H.H.S (HRSA) grant, Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals, to span three years for the purpose of developing and expanding the substance abuse and mental health workforce. The School’s project, “Integrative, Intercultural Innovations in Behavioral and Primary Health with Youth at-Risk”, the I-3 Project, will focus on specialized training for MSW student who will work with children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth at risk for developing or who have developed a recognized behavioral health disorder. The I-3 Project will recruit, educate, train, place in specific field areas, and graduate 34 MSW students annually who are dedicated to working with the target population. These students will receive a substantial stipend for their professional field training. To accomplish these goals, the I-3 Project focuses on integrative, intercultural, and innovative knowledge and skills through coursework, specialized training, and field placements. The unique mission of the I-3 Project is that it is a School-wide effort, building on expertise of faculty, field placement agencies, and interprofessional community partnerships. Drs. Russell, Noble, Biggs and Mr. Medel will be implementing the I-3 Project.

Applications for fall 2015 are now closed.

If you are interested in applying for the spring and summer 2016 semesters, please reveiw and complete the application and instructions below. 

click here for the applicaiton


   Additional instructions: 
  • When you do apply:
  • Include a copy of your resume and a list of the courses you have taken for your MSW program thus far.
  • Combine your application, resume, and course listings in a packet and turn these in to Dr. Russell in the main office-HPB Suite 150A- School of Social Work.
  • Also send your application items to Dr. Russell in an email, ar41@txstate.edu.
  • Thank you for your interest in the I-3 Project and please contact Dr. Amy Russell (ar41@txstate.edu) if you have any questions.

Join us in congratulating the School of Social Work

2014 Student Award Recipients!


Outstanding BSW: Ashley Allcorn

Outstanding BSW Leadership Award: Hope Moore

Outstanding MSW (Foundation): Morgan Grace

Outstanding MSW (Direct Practice): Michele Quintin & Dean Shaffer

Outstanding MSW (Administrative Leadership On-campus): Lacey Morris

Outstanding MSW (Administrative Leadership On-line): Kate Mays

Outstanding SSW Service: Kimberley Ogden (BSW)

Outstanding SSW Research: Annette Pelletier (MSW DP) & Chris Roesel (MSW DP)

Project Stand Up for Veterans Grant Is in Its Final Year!

On September 25, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified the School of Social Work at Texas State University that the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the School $479,035 over three years to fund the School’s Project Stand Up for Veterans. This exciting project will fund student stipends to educate graduate social workers in mental and behavioral health and prepare them to work with military personnel, veterans, and their families. Just as the military stands up a trained force, Texas State School of Social Work will stand up a cadre of well-prepared clinical social workers prepared to work with this important population. Dr. Mary Jo Garcia Biggs, Dr. Katherine Selber, and Dr. Amy Russell oversee Project Stand Up for Veterans.

The School of Social Work at Texas State University has been selected by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to partner with the association in developing a curriculum known as the ASWB Path to Licensure Campaign.

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Great News: The Texas State University School of Social Work
has been fully accredited through 2020!

On October 22, 2012, the Council on Social Work Education notified Texas State School of Social Work that Texas State’s BSW and MSW degree programs were both fully reaffirmed in accreditation for eight years. This is great news, and speaks to the hard work of the Texas State faculty and students in setting and maintaining high standards for learning!

Many Hats Workshops

August 10-12, 2015 (Monday through Wednesday) 8:30am - 6:00pm

Texas State University, San Marcos, TX



40-hour program: $475.00*

Register and pay-in-full before July 31, 2015 to save on your registration costs: $425.00*

*Current Texas State Field Supervisors are eligible for a $50.00 discount.


Please go to the Continuing Education page on the Texas State University website to register for the workshop online or call their office at 512-245-2507. If you have additional questions, please contact Sonya Kraus at sk22@txstate.edu. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing you.

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