About Us

Chair's Welcome


On behalf of the Department of Social Work, we welcome you to the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program in the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). You are now part of a rapidly growing community of social work professionals and supporters. UTSA was granted official approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board to implement our Social Work Program effective January 1, 2005. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) granted candidacy status to our MSW Program in February, 2005; initial accreditation in February, 2008; and re-accreditation in June, 2012.

The inaugural class of 17 students entered in the Spring Semester of 2005, and the first graduates received their MSWs in May, 2007. Our program has grown significantly since that time. Our students, alumni, faculty, and staff are what make our social work community unique. Their commitment to the profession of social work and their collaborative spirit are already making a difference in the San Antonio area and beyond. We welcome you as a member of this community as we move forward in our commitment to culturally competent transformative social work.

We have successfully redesigned our curriculum and completed the reaccreditation process with CSWE. These changes will better prepare you to be a culturally competent social work practitioner and to meet the challenges of professional practice in the 21st century.

We wish you success on your journey to achieve your Master of Social Work degree. We are pleased to support you in your professional social work development and hope that you call on Department and UTSA faculty and staff as well as your colleagues in the Program to help ensure your success.


Amy Chanmugam


The UTSA Department of Social Work was founded by Dr. Dennis Haynes. As its initial aim was to serve working professionals interested in attending school part-time, the program has offered solely night and weekend classes since its inception. However, due to a rapidly increasing number of full-time students, Dr. Martell Teasley has announced that as of Spring 2015 the program will begin offering day classes as well. Today the program has approximately 200 students, 10 full-time faculty, a Field Director, and a Field Coordinator. Adjunct faculty with the appropriate credentials are also used as needed. The UTSA social work student body is diverse, with both non-traditional and traditional students representing a range of ages, ethnic groups, work and educational experiences, ideas, and interests.

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree prepares students for advanced culturally competent social work practice. Graduates work in professional positions serving diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Students graduating from the program will demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility, cultural competence, and community collaboration within an inter-professional and global context.

The program emphasis is on preparation of culturally competent advanced social work practice who have the cultural awareness, knowledge, values, and skills to work with diverse clients and advocate for social and economical justice.

The program works to create a community of learners, incorporating a transformative education paradigm throughout all course work. Emphasis is placed on facilitating the transformation of students' perspectives, so they in turn can facilitate the transformation of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Mission, Vision, and Values

The UTSA Department of Social Work recently developed a vision statement and revised its mission statement, values statement, and program goals. The revisions place greater emphasis on the program’s focus on cultural competence, and are more congruent with the University’s focus on transformational leadership. The statements were developed within the context of the clients served by UTSA MSW graduates, the San Antonio community, the mission of the University, and, most important, the purpose and values of the social work profession.

Mission: Educate transformative culturally competent social workers.

Vision: Serve as catalysts for transformative culturally competent social work.

Values: UTSA social work administration, faculty, staff, and students commit to adhering to the values and principals set forth in the National Association of Social (NASW) Code of Ethics. The Department has identified four values that are congruent with the University's vision and mission and the social work profession:

1. Social and economic justice.

2. Critical inquiry.

3. Competence.

4. Service.


The UTSA Master of Social Work (MSW) program began in January, 2005. A few years later the program was granted accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in February, 2008. Four years later the program was re-accredited by CSWE in June 2012, making it a CSWE accredited program until 2020.

Contact Us

The Department of Social Work is located within the College of Public Policy  at the UTSA Downtown Campus, 501 West Cesar Chavez Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78207, Frio St. Building #4.544. 

Phone:   (210) 458-3000 

Fax:        (210) 458-3001

Email:     swk@utsa.edu