Social Work

Program Accreditation

Accreditation Information

The UTSA Master of Social Work (MSW) program began in January, 2005. The Program was granted accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in February, 2008. The program was re-accredited by CSWE in June 2012 to the year 2020. Copies of key re-accreditation documents can be found here. Course syallabi can be found here

About the Program

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. Other graduate programs currently located in the College include a M.S. in Justice Policy, a M.P.A. in Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Demography.

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.

The program currently 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.

Program 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.   


The mission of the UTSA Department of Social Work is educating transformative culturally competent social workers.


The vision of the UTSA Department of Social Work is serving as catalysts for transformative culturally competent social work.


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.

Program Themes and Goals

Five primary themes flow from the UTSA MSW Program mission, vision, and conceptual framework: cultural competence, multidimensional contextual perspective, socially responsible practice, transformative social work, and contribution to the profession and society. 

The UTSA Department of Social Work demonstrates commitment to its mission through the following MSW Program goals:

1. To prepare social workers to be culturally competent in advanced practice with diverse populations with a local-global context. These themes inform the goals of the UTSA MSW Program and are integrated throughout the MSW Program curriculum (cultural competence).

2. To prepare social workers for advanced practice informed by a multidimensional contextual perspective that emphasizes the diversity of clients/ systems, strengths,  problems, needs, and injustices (multidimensional contextual perspective).

3. To prepare social workers for socially responsible and ethically-grounded practice that advances social and economic justice, human rights and sustainable development (socially responsible service).

4. To prepare social workers to be critically self-reflective, innovative, creative and collaborative in order to engage in social work practice that transforms individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in a changing environment (transformative social work).

5. To enhance the social worker profession and the broader society through culturally-competent and collaborative knowledge building, research, community engagement, and social action to transform practice, policy, services, and communities (contribution to the profession and society).