Master of Social Work


The MSW program offers an Advanced Generalist Practice curriculum, which is the fastest-growing area of concentration for MSW programs in the nation. Advanced Generalist Practice is performed by social workers with advanced competency in multilevel, multimethod approaches who are equipped to work in complex environments. The MSW Program boasts an academically rigorous curriculum and an exciting and diverse array of electives and field placement experiences that help students explore interests and expand beyond their current knowledge and skills.

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.

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

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

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 bachelor's programs in fields other than Social Work; they complete a two-year MSW program.  Another category of students are those who 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: Groups 3
SOWK 5243Social Work Human Diversity and Multicultural Practice3
SOWK 5303Social Work History and Social Welfare Policy3
SOWK 5403Social Work Research Methods 3
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 5253Social Work Advanced Practice II Interventions3
SOWK 5313Social Work Policy Practice3
SOWK 5323Social Work Administration and Management3
SOWK 5333Social Work Advanced Policy Analysis3
SOWK 5833Social Work Advanced Field Seminar and Field Practicum I3
SOWK 5843Social Work Advanced Field Seminar and Field Practicum II3
Choose two of the following6
Death, Dying and Bereavement
Practice in Mental Health
Theories and Interventions with Children
Child Maltreatment: Assessment and Intervention
Foster Care, Adoption and Permanency Planning
Special Topics
Culminating Experience
SOWK 5973Advanced Integrative Seminar3
or SOWK 5983 Thesis
Total SCHs30