Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Take your career to the next level by enrolling in the Master of Social Work program located at UTA Fort Worth. Perfect for working professionals, you will earn your degree in only 24 months while connecting with local industry professionals throughout.

Over the course of the program, you will learn to practice social work effectively and ethically, with an emphasis put on evidence-informed practice, a strengths-based approach, diversity, social justice, empowerment, and a critical thinking perspective. You will also learn about the history of the industry and how to use that knowledge to understand professional social work roles. Upon graduation, you will be fully qualified to step into the roles of the program administrator, manager, clinical practitioner, consultant and more.

In total, you will complete 64 hours of coursework for the MSW Cohort program. Fall and Spring semester courses are presented in accelerated 8-week sessions, meeting every Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6 to 8:50pm. Summer courses are presented in accelerated 5-week sessions, meeting every Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6 to 9:50pm. The program is cohort-based, allowing you to connect, learn, and collaborate with the same group of students and colleagues throughout the entire degree program.

Program highlights:

  • 41 or 64 hours of coursework
  • Cohort, team-based approach
  • Can be completed in as little as 14 or 24 months
  • Accelerated 5 & 8-week class sessions
  • Affordable tuition
  • Fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Part of the nationally-ranked UTA School of Social Work
  • Convenient downtown Fort Worth location
  • Limited time commitment; just 2 class meetings per week

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Curriculum

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Undergraduate GPA must be equal to or greater than 3.0 in the last 60 hours as calculated by the UTA Graduate Admissions Office. If GPA is less than 3.0 and greater than 2.7 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework, then the applicant must take the GRE test and submit their score. The selection committee will use the test results to help determine evidence and ability to do satisfactory graduate work.
  • Three recommendation letters indicating professional or academic promise. 
  • Written Narrative
  • Regardless of admission category (i.e., Advanced Standing, Non-BSW or General), all applications will be reviewed for personal qualifications essential to the successful practice of social work including leadership ability, personal maturity, motivation for a human service profession and experience in social work by the selection committee. In some cases, a personal interview may be required.
  • An applicant whose native language is not English and has not earned a degree from a US academic institution must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores.


Advanced Standing Admissions Criteria (for current BSW students and recent BSW graduates)

An applicant who has earned an undergraduate degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited BSW program within six years of their planned start of graduate study and whose GPA is 3.0 or greater in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work will be considered for Advanced Standing admission into the graduate program. Advanced Standing is not granted to applicants admitted on probation.

Advanced Standing applicants, once admitted, may receive graduate coursework credit hour waivers for some undergraduate social work courses, which are considered equivalent to our first and second semesters of graduate courses. The applicant must have received a B or better in the equivalent undergraduate course(s).

Once admitted to our program, Advanced Standing candidates are required to complete a minimum of 38 hours in the graduate program. Advanced Standing candidates can apply and start their matriculation in the fall, spring or summer semesters. Advanced Standing applicants who meet the 3.0 GPA requirement are only required to complete the online application and submit all official transcripts. Current or previously enrolled UT Arlington students do not need to request their UT Arlington transcript be forwarded. See page one, items 1 and 2.

Non-BSW Standing Admissions Criteria (for current non-BSW and non-BSW graduates)

An applicant who has earned an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than social work from an accredited institution and whose GPA is 3.0 or greater in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work will be considered for Non-BSW Standing admission into the MSW program.

Non-BSW Standing applicants who meet the 3.0 GPA requirement are only required to complete the online application and submit all official transcripts. Current or previously enrolled UT Arlington students do not need to request their UT Arlington transcript be forwarded. See page one, items 1 and 2.


*** Regardless of admission category (i.e., Advanced Standing, Non-BSW or General), all applications will be reviewed by the selection committee for personal qualifications essential to the successful practice of social work, including leadership ability, personal maturity, motivation for a human service profession and the applicant’s experience in social work and social work-related fields. In some cases, a personal interview may be required

Application Procedures

  • Step 1: Applications for Admission are accepted only online at www.applytexas.org with a $75 application fee/$90 for international applicants. (please note: submission of the 200-word essay entitled General Academic Plans is not required for MSW applicants.) 
  • Step 2: All Official Transcripts: Please submit all official transcripts from any university/college ever attended to the UTA Office of Admissions, Records and Registration. You can have the university/college attended send the transcript or deliver it yourself. For more information, go to http://www.uta.edu/admissions/contact/. You are welcome to email that office at www.uta.edu/admissions/ask. Please do not send transcripts to the School of Social Work.
  • Step 3: Determining Your MSW Admissions Criteria Category (three categories):

Advanced Standing Admissions Criteria for BSW students and recent BSW graduates

An applicant who has earned an undergraduate degree in social work from a Council of Social Work Education accredited BSW program within six years of their planned start date of graduate study and whose GPA is 3.0 or greater in the approximately last 60 hours of undergraduate work, will be considered for Advanced Standing into the graduate program. Advanced Standing applicants, who meet the 3.0 GPA requirement, only need to complete steps 1 and 2 above for quick admissions. Only students with a BSW degree have the option to start in the summer and they must qualify for Advanced Standing.

Non-BSW Standing Admissions Criteria (for current non-BSW students/majors and non-BSW graduates)

An applicant who has earned an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than social work from an accredited institution and whose GPA is 3.0 or greater in the approximately last 60 hours of undergraduate work, will be considered for Non-BSW admission into the MSW program. Non-BSW Standing applicants, who meet the 3.0 GPA requirement, only need to complete steps 1 and 2 above for quick admissions. Only students with a BSW degree have the option to start in the summer and they must qualify for Advanced Standing.

General Admissions Criteria

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, university or equivalent institution with less than 3.0 and greater than 2.7 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and do not meet the Advanced Standing and the Non-BSW Standing Admissions Criteria, not only must they complete steps 1 and 2 above, they must complete the following:

  • Step 4: GRE – Take the GRE test and send an official copy of your score from ETS to UTA Graduate Admissions Office. UTA’s institution code is 6013. If you have already taken the GRE, you can request ETS to send a report by calling ETS at 1-888-GRE-SCORE or go to www.ets.org/gre, for more information. The GRE is not required for applicants who meet our Advanced Standing and Non-BSW Standing criteria (quick admissions).
  • Step 5: Recommendations – Submit three letters of recommendation forms. The form can be downloaded online at: http://grad.uta.edu/resources/pdf/Request_Recommendation.pdf 
    *If you graduated within the last two years, two of your recommendations must be from academic instructors/professors. Letters of recommendation are not required for applicants who meet our Advanced Standing and Non-BSW Standing criteria (quick admissions).
  • Step 6: Narrative – Submit a 2-3 double-spaced page narrative essay discussing the following: Social work practice is often classified as either micro or macro. Explain what is meant by micro practice and macro practice, and why addressing both micro and macro issues are essential to effective social work practice. Use three outside sources to support your statement and include complete citations for each. The narrative is not required for applicants who meet our Advanced Standing and Non-BSW Standing criteria (quick admissions).

Items 5 and 6 above must be submitted directly to the School of Social Work at the address listed below:

UT Arlington School of Social Work
Admissions Office
Box 19129
211 S. Cooper St
Arlington, TX 76019

For applicants whose native language is not English: Satisfactory scores on the TOEFL or the TSE must be submitted to the UTA Graduate Admissions Office. Applicants must submit a score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or a minimum TOEFL iBT-Internet-Based Test total score of 79 with sectional scores that meet or exceed the following:

  • 22 for the writing section
  • 21 for the speaking section
  • 20 for the reading section
  • 16 for the listening section

UTA Graduate Admissions office calculates the official GPA, not the School of Social Work. For more information on Graduate Admissions and calculating the GPA go to http://catalog.uta.edu/academicregulations/admissions/graduate/. All applicants must submit their application and complete items 1 and 2 above, for proper GPA determination by the UTA Graduate Admissions Office.

In making the decision to admit or deny a student admission to the MSW program, each member of the School of Social Work’s selection committee seeks to balance quantitative and qualitative application support items, by independently assigning a rating to each of the six areas and then combining the scores from each area for a total score, using the following rating and decision scale. In some cases, applicants with a 2.90 to 2.99 GPA and/or a Master’s degree already conferred, will receive a holistic review for probationary admissions consideration by the selection committee, but would ultimately still need to meet steps 4, 5 and 6 of the General Admissions Criteria.

Regardless of admission category (i.e., Advanced Standing, Non-BSW or General), all applications will be reviewed by the selection committee for personal qualifications essential to the successful practice of social work, including leadership ability, personal maturity, motivation for a human service profession and the applicant’s experience in social work and social work-related fields. In some cases, a personal interview may be required.

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