Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work


  • Daytime Cohort meets Tues and Thurs from 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3:50pm
  • Evening Cohort meets Monday-Thursday from 6pm to 9:50pm

The nationally-ranked UTA School of Social Work now offers a Bachelor of Social Work degree in the heart of downtown Fort Worth. Fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the BSW degree was designed to prepare students for a generalist social work practice. The BSW Cohort at UTA Fort Worth is intended for students that are either core complete or nearing completion. The sequence of courses is predetermined and structured in a lock-step format. Students will complete academic social work courses, including earning a diversity minor and gaining real-world experience in one of the 800 unique field placements in the area. This degree enables students, upon graduation, to work in a variety of social service agencies and settings.

With a Bachelor of Social Work degree, you can work providing services in:

– Mental Health– Aging and Gerontology
– Substance Use/Addiction Recovery– Human Services
– Education/School Counseling– Military and Veteran Care
– Employee Assistance Programs– Public Health
– Disability Advocacy/Compensation– Healthcare
– Family and Children– Equal Opportunity/Diversity

BSW Cohort Benefits:

  • UTA School of Social Work ranked among the top 10% out of 533 CSWE-accredited BSW programs.  
  • Accelerated daytime and evening schedule options
  • A highly collaborative and supportive learning environment
  • Cohort, team-based approach– start and finish with a core group of students
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Transfer your credits from a community college or a four-year university
  • Earn a degree that is in demand – Job Market is expected to grow 11% by 2028 – much higher than the average. 
  • Earn a minor in Diversity Studies, with an additional option for a Substance Use Treatment minor depending on transfer credit
  • Conveniently located near public transportation in Downtown Fort Worth



There are 2 categories of coursework required for the BSW Degree: University Core Curriculum and Cohort Program Curriculum.

University Core Curriculum (Required of all Undergraduate Students) For students in the Fort Worth Cohort, University Core Curriculum requirements are completed either before entering the cohort or during summers and intersessions while proceeding through the cohort. Please consult with your advisor to create a plan for completing the Core Curriculum.

  • ENGL 1301 – Rhetoric and Composition I
  • ENGL 1302 – Rhetoric and Composition II
  • MATH 1301 or higher
  • MATH 1308 – Elementary Statistical Analysis
  • 2 – Life & Physical Science*
  • Language, Philosophy and Culture approved course
  • Creative Arts approved course
  • HIST 1311 – History of the United States to 1865
  • HIST 1312 – History of the United States, 1865 to Present
  • POLS 2311 – Government of the United States
  • POLS 2312 – State and Local Government
  • SOCW 2361(formerly 2311) – Introduction to Social Work
  • SOCW 2302 – Lifespan Development (completed at UTA)

Cohort Curriculum toward the BSW Degree and Diversity Studies and Substance Use Treatment Minors (Required of all Fort Worth Cohort BSW Students in addition to the Core Curriculum)

  • The BSW Cohort in Fort Worth is designed in a lock-step format and allows students to earn a minor in Diversity Studies.

Daytime Cohort

  • Classes meet Tuesday and Thursdays from 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3:50pm

Evening Cohort

  • Classes meet Monday – Thursday from 6pm to 9:50pm

Additional resources for students transferring from Tarrant County College and Weatherford College:

TCC Transfer Guide:

Weatherford College Transfer Guide:

Admissions Requirements

Prospective students interested in attending class at UTA Fort Worth must be admitted by The University of Texas at Arlington. Students should be core complete or nearing completion.

Undergraduate Admission to UTA

Additional Resources:

Becoming a BSW Major at UTA Fort Worth

A social work undergraduate degree requires 120 hours of study. For the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), students complete the UTA Core (that satisfies the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board-approved core curriculum requirements), the Social Work Curriculum and a select number of general electives, or choose to complete a certificate or Minor Program of Study. The following are the steps to becoming a BSW major at UTA Fort Worth:

Once admitted as a UTA student, declare BSW as an intended major with a UTA academic advisor.

  • Take Introduction to Social Work (SOCW 2361- formerly 2311 at UTA or SOCW 2361 at community college) and earn a C or better.
  • Begin BSW-Intended coursework at UTA Fort Worth.
  • To become a BSW major, after your first semester at UTA Fort Worth, you must complete the following requirements prior to becoming an official BSW Major and continuing in the Fort Worth BSW Cohort:
  • Earn a “C” or better in the following courses:
    • Introduction to Social Work (SOCW 2361 – formerly 2311 at UTA or SOCW 2361)
    • Social Work Practice I (SOCW 2313)
    • Human Behavior and Diverse Populations (SOCW 3307)
    • SOCW 1331 (Transfer Students) or a combination of UNIV 1131 and SOCW 1231 (Freshman Students)
    • Have a 2.5 or better overall GPA
    • Complete a Statistics course (e.g., MATH 1308, SOCW 2325)

Once you have completed the above requirements, you may cue the transition from BSW-Intended to BSW Major by submitting the BSW Major Form.

Application Procedures

  • Complete the online application
    You will need to apply using the ApplyTexas online application. Create your profile on the ApplyTexas website to get a username and password. APPLY TEXAS
    • Select “Create a New 4 Year University Undergraduate Admissions Application.”
    • Select The University of Texas at Arlington as the target university and “Transfer/Transient/Readmit” as the application type.
    • Complete Part I of the application. Part II and the essays are optional.
  • Pay your application fee
    The application fee is $75 for Spring 2019 onward. You can pay it with a credit card on the ApplyTexas application. If you do not pay the application fee through ApplyTexas, you can pay by credit card over the phone at 817-272-MAVS or by check or money order in person or through the mail.
  • Submit your transcripts, test scores, and documents
    Once you’ve applied for admission, we’ll need you to submit your transcripts and other official documents to the Office of Admissions.
    • Submit your official college transcript(s) from all colleges and universities you’ve attended. The best and fastest method is electronically–sent directly from your college(s). However, we will also accept transcripts by mail or in person. Transcripts older than 6 months will not be accepted.
    • If you have not earned 24 transferable college hours, you must also submit:
      • Your official high school transcript from your high school.
      • Your SAT or ACT scores.
        Note about transferring credit: Shortly after you’ve been admitted to the University, your transfer credits will be evaluated and posted to your MyMav Student Center.
  • Contact a BSW Admissions Counselor 
    The BSW Admissions Counselor will help guide you through the admissions process, work with you to develop your degree plan, and answer any of your questions.
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