Master of Social Work


The Joint Master’s of Social Work is a unique collaboration between Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas. The two institutions collaboratively offer an MSW program that is built on the traditions of two longstanding and highly respected BSW programs as well as the strengths and resources of both institutions. 

Students in the program are assigned to and register at a “home institution,”  but attend classes on both campuses and are taught by faculty members from both universities. Students are members of both campus communities with full library privileges, access to course management systems, and other important resources.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Apply advanced generalist knowledge and skills in complex practice environments.
  2. Use and translate research evidence to inform and improve practice, policy, and service delivery.
  3. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation
  4. Apply and communicate an understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
  5. Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  6. Apply an understanding of social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the individual and system levels.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

Effective September 26, 2022 - Students may elect to complete a thesis by registering for SOWK 5983 in place of SOWK 5413.

30 or 60 semester credit hours (SCH) depending on the option selected.

There are two Programs of Study, Generalist and Advanced, and two types of students may apply for admission. The first, Generalist students, are graduates of Bachelors's programs in fields other than Social Work; they complete a two-year MSW program.  Another category of students are those that have graduated from an accredited Bachelor of Social Work program within the last seven years.  For these “Advanced Standing” students, the first "Generalist" year of the MSW is waived, and they complete the program in two long semesters.  Both Generalist and Advanced Standing students may attend the program on either a full time or part-time basis.  Generalist students complete no fewer than 900 hours of practicum, while Advanced Standing students must complete at least 500 hours.

Students accepted into the program for the full-time two-year program complete 10 Generalist courses (30 SCH) in the first year and 10 advanced courses (30 SCH) in the second year. Students accepted into the Advanced Standing one-year full-time option complete 10 advanced courses (30 SCH).  The program concentration is “Advanced Generalist Practice.”

Generalist (Foundational/Prerequisite) Courses

SOWK 5103Human Behavior in the Social Environment I3
SOWK 5113Human Behavior in the Social Environment II3
SOWK 5203Social Work Practice I: Individuals and Systems3
SOWK 5213Social Work Practice II: Organizations and Communities3
SOWK 5223Social Work Practice III: Groups3
SOWK 5303Social Work History and Social Welfare Policy3
SOWK 5313Social Work Policy Practice3
SOWK 5403Social Work Research Methods3
SOWK 5803Social Work Foundation Field Seminar and Field Practicum I3
SOWK 5813Social Work Foundation Field Seminar and Field Practicum II3
Total SCHs30

Specialist Courses

SOWK 5233Social Work Advanced Practice I3
SOWK 5243Social Work Human Diversity and Multicultural Practice3
SOWK 5253Social Work Advanced Practice II Interventions3
SOWK 5323Social Work Administration and Management3
SOWK 5333Social Work Advanced Policy Analysis3
SOWK 5413Social Work Program and Practice Evaluation3
SOWK 5833Social Work Advanced Field Seminar and Field Practicum I3
SOWK 5843Social Work Advanced Field Seminar and Field Practicum II3
SOWK 5973Advanced Integrative Seminar3
Choose one of the following3
Death, Dying and Bereavement
Practice in Mental Health
Theories and Interventions with Children
Child Maltreatment: Assessment and Intervention
Foster Care, Adoption and Permanency Planning
Total SCHs30