The Department of Social Work

NASW Alamo Chapter honorees Mayor Castro, Derek Plantenga, UTSA student Anna King, Rosalie Ambrosino, and Sig Christenson (San Antonio Express News)

The success and pride of the UTSA Department of Social Work was on display at the NASW/Texas-Alamo Branch Social Work Awards Luncheon held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the San Antonio Blood and Tissue Bank Donor Pavilion. The Department of Social Work is proud to announce that we are home to three award winners announced at the Luncheon. Read More:



Student Information

Extension of Application Deadline - The deadline for applying for Spring 2014 admission to the social work program has been extended to November 15, 2013. Please note that all required application documents must be received by the Graduate School on or before that date to be considered for admission during the Spring 2014 semester.

Prospective Applicants - Find out about what you can do with an MSW degree, the academic program, how to apply, financial aid and other resources. Read more...

Program mission, vision, and values - The mission, vision, and values of the UTSA graduate program in social work can be found here.

Curriculum - The Department offers two options for students: the 60 hour curriculum available to those students with undergraduate degrees in something other than social work; and the 36-hour curriculum available to those students with an undergraduate degree in social work.Read more...

Field Education - The M.S.W. degree prepares students for advanced, culturally competent social work practice.  Graduates work in professional positions serving individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Read more...

Current Students

Taking the Texas State Licensing Exam - Students interested in taking the state of Texas social work licensing exam are strongly encouraged to begin the process about 3 months before they take the exam.  Read more..

New Rules for State Licensing Board - On April 28, 2013, new rules were adopted for the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. Click here for more information.

Letter of Degree Completion Form for Licensing Exam - Click here for the form.

Spring 2014 Class Schedule Click here to see a copy of the Department of Social Work Spring 2013 class schedule.

The Movement - The Movement is our MSW student organization. The purpose, goals, and objectives of the organization are currently under review. It is expected that this review will result in a revised focus for the organization which will be introduced beginning with the Fall 2013 semester. Please direct any questions about the organization to Mitchell Owens at

Office of Student Services and Field (OSSF) has been created to consolidate and centralize services to students in the program.  Click here for more information.
Graduate Catalog - Click here for a copy of the UTSA 2013-2015 Graduate Catalog. 

Information Bulletin - Click here for a copy of the UTSA 2013-2014 Information Bulletin.

Student Handbook - Click here for a copy of the 2011 - 2013 MSW Handbook and Student Field Manual.

News and Noteworthy

Nomination for Professor of the Year 2013-2014

The 2nd Annual Professor of the Year Award for the Department of Social Work is being conducted.  This award will be given to a faculty member selected by the UTSA Social Work student body.   Students will solicit nominations for Professor of the Year Award from all faculty members or instructors teaching in the UTSA Department of Social Work.  Those eligible for nomination should have taught at least two courses in both the Fall 2013 and Spring 2013 semesters.   The nominating period for this year will be from March 31st until April 14th.    Students who want to nominate a particular faculty may click here to access the nomination form.  No late nominations will be accepted.


Nomination for Field Instructor of the Year 2013-2014

The UTSA Department of Social Work would like to continue our annual recognition of outstanding teaching and contributions by one of our field instructors.  Through the “Heart of Social Work Award” we seek to recognize the excellence of the true stars of social work field education--the agency-based field instructors.  

Social Work faculty and staff are not eligible to receive this award, but faculty, students and UTSA field instructors are encouraged to nominate field instructors for the award. The nominees must have served as a UTSA field instructor during the past year: including either Summer 2013, Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 semesters.  For more info and form click here.

UTSA, one of the fastest growing public universities in Texas, is gaining momentum in its quest to become the state’s next premier Tier 1 university. It serves the San Antonio metropolitan area, the seventh largest U.S. city, and the broader region of South Texas through programs and services offered from its three campuses. More than 57% of UTSA's students come from groups underrepresented in higher education. Many students are the first in their families to attend a college or university.  For more click here.

UTSA Documentary to be Featured in Council of Social Work Education Film Festival

"Behind Closed Doors: Voices from the Inside" which explores local human trafficking of minors has been awarded first place in the Council of Social Work 2013 Virtual Film Festival.  The award was presented to the Department of Social Work as part of the CSWE Annual Program Meeting in Dallas Texas on November 2, 2013.  A screening of the video was held at 5:00 pm on the same day, followed by a question-and-answer session between members of the audience and producers of the video. The documentary was created in 2011 by social work graduate students in the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Public Policy, enrolled in the Advanced Policy class. Click here to read more.

UTSA Social Work Education Program Title IV-E (SWEPT)

The program provides enhanced skills to child protective workers and helps prepare students for a career in the child welfare practice.  Answers to frequently asked questions and contact information can be found here.  An application for the program is available here.

CSWE 2012 Annual Report - Click here to learn more about 2012 CSWE Annual Report Foundation Competencies Assessment Results.  Click here to learn more about 2012 CSWE Annual Report Advanced Competencies Assessment Results.  Click here to learn more about the CSWE Annual Survey Data for 2012.

Going Global -Technology-enabled Learning - Use of a hybrid learning approach and the virtual classroom is on the rise in the department. This approach is making it possible to accommodate the learning needs of a broader range of students and conserve limited teaching space at the Downtown Campus.

Upcoming Events

Social Work Advocacy Day at the Legislature

NASW will hold its biennial Social Work Advocacy Day on in Spring 2014 at the Texas Capitol. Social worker students  from across the state will hold a rally at the capitol building and participated in educational sessions about key state legislation. More information will be provided here as the plans for the event are finalized.  For more information on the event go to the NASW Texas website at NASTW.

Current NASW Texas legislative priorities:

• Increased compensation and reimbursement for social workers

• Establishment of a Social Work Center for Workplace Studies

• Creation of a Texas social worker loan repayment program

• Funding for research and education at schools of social work

• Legislative protections for school social workers, volunteers, and victims services workers

CSWE 2014 Annual Program Meeting

The CSWE Annual Program Meeting (APM) is the premier national meeting in the social work education field. Each year, more than 2,600 social work educators, administrators, practitioners, students, and other key decision makers from across the country and around the world attend APM, making it the largest gathering of its kind.

The 3-day 2014 APM conference will be held October 23 - October 26, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. As more information about the schedule and events becomes available, it will be posted on the 2014 APM website pages. Please continue to check back for those updates.  Click here for more info.

Questions about the 2014 APM may be directed to the mailbox.