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    Dec 09, 2023  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work, MSW

Admissions Procedures

Students will first apply to the joint MSW program. The joint MSW committee will determine program acceptance and randomly assign students to a home institution (UNT or TWU). In the program acceptance letter, students will be informed of their home institution assignment and that they need to apply for institution admission through the ApplyTexas portal. A specific window will be used (30 days) for students to apply at the ApplyTexas portal. There will be no fee for the joint committee review of applicants, as students must pay when applying to the institution through the ApplyTexas portal. The program will use UNT’s admission standards for program entry.


Two types of students will be admitted to the Joint Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The first group are graduates of Bachelors programs in fields other than Social Work (Foundation students) and they will complete a two year MSW program.  The second group of students are graduates of BSW programs who qualify for “Advanced Standing” status.  For these students, the first “Foundation” year of the MSW is waived, and they complete the program in one year. 

Students accepted into the program for the full-time two year component complete 10 foundation courses (30 credit hours) in the first year and 10 advanced courses (30 credit hours) in the second year. Students accepted into the Advanced Standing one year full-time component will complete 10 advanced courses (30 credit hours). There are three advanced course electives in the Healthcare specialization and three in the Children and Family Services specialization. Students are required to choose one elective from their area of specialization.  If students chose the optional Master’s thesis they will enroll in SOWK 5983 Master’s Thesis in lieu of SOWK 5413 Program Practice Evaluation and SOWK 5993 Master’s Thesis in lieu of SOWK 5973 Advanced Integrative Seminar.

Required Courses

Advanced courses, 27 hours

  • SOWK 5233 – Social Work Advanced Practice I Multidimensional Assessment
  • SOWK 5243 – Human Diversity and Multicultural Practice
  • SOWK 5253 – Social Work Advanced Practice II Interventions
  • SOWK 5323 – Administration and Management
  • SOWK 5333 – Advance Policy Analysis and Legislature
  • SOWK 5413 – Program and Practice Evaluation
  • SOWK 5833 – Social Work Advanced Field Seminar and Field Practicum I
  • SOWK 5843 – Social Work Advanced Field Seminar and Field Practicum II
  • SOWK 5973 – Advanced Integrative Seminar

Electives, 3 hours

Choose one course from the following speciality areas.

Thesis option

Students choosing the thesis option will take the following classes.

SOWK 5983 – Master’s Thesis (in lieu of SOWK 5413)
SOWK 5993 – Master’s Thesis (in lieu of SOWK 5973)