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Prerequisites

Recently, the School of Social Work petitioned the university for permission to drop the current prerequisite courses (Human Biology and Statistics) from our curriculum requirements. We received that permission effective for all students applying for the Fall 2016 semester and subsequent semesters.

Program Note: Students who were admitted prior to Fall 2016 and are currently in the program under a Prerequisite condition must complete the course(s) per their acceptance letter.If you have additional questions after reviewing the MSW Program website, please direct your inquiries via email to MSWprogram@txstate.edu.

Human Biology and Statistics are required for admission into the MSW Program. For these courses to be approved in the admissions process both Advance Practice Leadership and Foundation Regular track students must have completed these courses within the past 6 years. Students can apply and be accepted into the MSW Program without these courses, however, the student will be admitted Conditionally and will be required to complete these courses within the first 12 semester hours of coursework.

Course options that meet the criteria for Human Biology and Statistics are listed below

Texas State Human Biology options: select one (1) course

Biology (BIO) 1421 Modern Biology II with lab

Biology (BIO) 2430 Human Physiology and Anatomy

Important: Course descriptions, course prerequisites and course format can be found on the Texas State Schedule of Classes for a given semester. If the course you select requires a prerequisite, you must contact that individual department for assistance. To find department information go to the Texas State main website and utilize the Search web/people tool on the upper right hand side of the page. A grade of “C or better” is required in the course.


Austin Community College (ACC) biology options: select one (1) course

Biology (BIOL) 1408 Introductory Biology for Non-Science Majors

Biology (BIOL) 1409 Introductory Biology for Non-Science Majors

Biology (BIOL) 2404 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

ACC course descriptions

A grade of “C or better” is required in the course.


Human Biology for Social Workers

NOTE: This course does not carry any college credit but does meet the admission requirements for the MSW Program at Texas State University.


The School of Social Work (SSW) offers a statistics equivalency exam and the exam does not carry any college credit but does meet the admission requirements for the MSW Program at Texas State.

If you are interested in the exam, please note the following—

  • There is no fee associated with exam.
  • A testing site is not required.
  • A computer and computer access is needed to complete the exam.
  • Access to the exam is scheduled through Elizabeth Ramos, Advisor II in the SSW.
  • The SSW does not supply study material for the exam.
  • The exam is a timed assessment with a time limit of one (1) hour and thirty (30) minutes; once the   time limit has been reached (whether the exam is completed or not) access will be terminated.
  • The exam must be passed at a rate of 70% to satisfy the SSW MSW admission requirement.
  • Exam results are provided at the end of the assessment.
  • Students have one (1) attempt at the exam and if unsuccessful additional statistics course options are   listed below.

 Regarding the exam concepts:

The statistics equivalency exam was developed based on an undergraduate statistics course utilizing a standardized test bank. It is designed to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of undergraduate-level statistics equivalent to a prerequisite course, and will satisfy the prerequisite course requirement and condition of admission.

A passing score of 70% correct responses is required to demonstrate mastery of the content. If this passing rate is achieved, and you are accepted to the MSW program a petition will be submitted to the Graduate College requesting an update to your degree audit to reflect completion of the statistics prerequisite course. If a passing rate of 70% is not achieved, you will be required to complete an undergraduate statistics course.

The exam will cover the following statistics concepts and content:

1. Introductory statistics

2. Frequency distributions

3. Central tendency

4. Variability

5. Probability

6. Correlation

7. t-tests

8. z-scores

9. Hypotheses/hypothesis testing

10. Chi-square

The statistics equivalency exam will consist of 50 objective (multiple choice) questions, worth 2 points each for a total of 100 points.


Texas State statistics options: select one (1) course

Criminal Justice (CJ) 3347

Health Professions (HP) 3302

Health Professions (HP) 3325

Sociology (SOCI) 3307

Psychology (PSY) 2301 (lab not required)

Important: Course descriptions, course prerequisites and course format can be found on the Texas State Schedule of Classes for a given semester. If the course you select requires a prerequisite, you must contact that individual department for assistance. To find department information go to the Texas State main website and utilize the Search web/people tool on the upper right hand side of the page. A grade of “C or better” is required in the course.


Austin Community College (ACC) statistics options: select one (1) course

Psychology (PSYC) 2317

Sociology (SOCI) 2743

A grade of “C or better” is required in the course.


University of Texas at Austin Extended Campus

Psychology 317

Texas Common Number: PSYC 2317

A grade of “C or better” is required in the course.