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The UTSA Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares students to be licensed social work practitioners! Check out the percentage of our students that pass the MSW licensing exam here .

MSW Admissions

The UTSA Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares students for advanced social work practice. The program was established in 2005 and accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 2008. The program is in the last stage of the process for re-accreditation in 2012. Graduates work in professional positions serving diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities (see National Association of Social Workers website for more information about the profession and career opportunities). Students graduating from the program demonstrate a commitment to cultural competence, multidimensional contextual practice, social responsibility, and transformative social work.

Admission requirements for all students include:

- A completed graduate application form submitted to the UTSA Graduate School, including official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;

- A narrative statement addressing interest in and fit with the UTSA MSW program, not to exceed 1250 words (approximately five pages);

- A three completed department recommendation forms from professionals familiar with applicant preparation for graduate social work education;

- Department forms documenting prior professional and volunteer experiences and academic preparation in the liberal arts;

- For international students, results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) not more than five years old and a score of not less than 79 (Internet) or 550 (paper), or results of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) not more than five years old and a score of not less than 6.5.

All forms and instructions are available online through the UTSA's Graduate School.

**Please keep in mind that applications for the spring 2016 cohort must be completed no later than November 15th.

Degree Options

The Department offers two degree options: the 60-hour curriculum available to those students who have undergraduate degrees in something other than social work; and the 36-hour curriculum for those students who have a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW) from a social work program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. These students may enter the program as an advanced standing student. Transfer students from an accredited MSW program are also considered for acceptance into the program.

Students may enter the MSW program either full-time or part-time during the fall or spring semesters. Courses are offered during day, evening and weekend hours to accommodate student work schedules.

Students in the 60-hour program also 36-hour program also complete 900 clock hours and 450 hours of field practicum, respectively. 

Tuition & Fees

Information about tuition and fees can be found at Graduate School Tuition and Fees.

Financial Aid

Information about financial aid at UTSA can be found at the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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