MSW Program

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 Ms. Carla Ackerson, MSW Program Coordinator or Ms. Elizabeth Ramos, Academic Advisor.


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The Master of Social Work degree program at the Texas State University School of Social Work is an exciting opportunity for college-degreed people who are interested in pursuing a career based around improving society. Students spend half the degree program in classes and half in a field practicum, where they work under supervision at agencies throughout Central Texas. Our graduates perform extremely well on state licensing exams and have found employment across a wide variety of service delivery fields. Not only are our MSW graduates poised for exciting career opportunities, but they are prepared to pursue further graduate studies, if they so choose, in law, psychology, social work, and numerous other disciplines.

Our MSW degree program is built on a liberal arts perspective. We expect MSW applicants to have taken a variety of courses in language, philosophy, and the natural, political, and social sciences. These courses prepare foundation students to delve into the breadth and richness of generalist professional social work knowledge: values, ethics, law, diversity, social and economic justice, human development and behavior, social policy, social services, and research. Applicants graduating from a CSWE-accredited BSW program will have met these criteria.

The Texas State University School of Social Work offers the MSW program both on-campus and online. These degree offerings, regardless of delivery method, utilize the same textbooks and curricula and are taught by core faculty. Texas State University's Master of Social Work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and our graduates are eligible for state licensure.

For more information about graduate programs, visit The Graduate College at Texas State University.

MSW Foundation Track

The MSW Foundation track prepares students who hold a bachelor's degree from another discipline for the MSW Advanced track. The MSW Foundation track consists of a graduate-level curriculum of 29 credit hours designed to help students develop an effective and ethical generalist social work practice. Foundation track course content is comparable to BSW upper-level courses, but more concentrated, designed to meet the higher-order learning demands of graduate students. MSW Foundation courses are also more theoretical (vs. experiential) than BSW courses because MSW Foundation students typically have more life experience than BSW students and do not need as much experiential study. Students who complete the MSW Foundation track are prepared for the MSW Advanced track, concentrating on Advanced Practice Leadership. Concentration course content, while more specialized than that of the Foundation track, maintains consistency with a generalist perspective.

MSW Advanced Track

The MSW Advanced track offers a specialized, focused approach to social work practice in Advanced Practice Leadership (APL). In this concentration, students hone their expertise in social work practice and develop confidence in their professional skill set. Students entering the MSW Advanced track are expected to have previously acquired a solid foundation of basic social work skills and knowledge through the completion of either a CSWE-accredited BSW program or the MSW Foundation track.
 
Advanced professional social work practice, while built on a generalist foundation, calls for knowledge and skills that are deeper, broader, and more specific than generalist work. Advanced learning is not so much “different from” as it is “more than” the foundation. Advanced concentration students deal with the same content areas as foundation students: values and ethics, diversity, vulnerable populations, social and economic justice, human behavior and the social environment, social policy and services, social work practice, research, and field education. They cover those areas, however, at a more sophisticated, complex, and focused level. The MSW Advanced track is designed to help students learn how to focus and study deeply in one area of social work practice, a skill which will serve students well as they enter specific service system fields.

Program Offerings by Semester

Spring

Foundation On-Campus

Advanced Practice Leadership Online

Foundation Online

Summer

Advanced Practice Leadership On-Campus

Advanced Practice Leadership Online

Fall

Foundation On-Campus

Advanced Practice Leadership On-Campus

Foundation Online

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
All on-campus programs can be completed on a full or part-time basis. Online programs can only be completed on a part-time basis (two courses per semester).