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Social worker student

Estimated Completion

32 credit hours (B.S.W. with Advanced Standing)

64 credit hours (Foundation)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Graduate Studies


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The M.S.W. degree prepares you to make an impact in the quality of life for others, while helping you advance your social work career. As an advanced practitioner in Social Work, you will rely upon a variety of theoretical perspective apply real-world interventions at all levels of practice, and become an effective change agent for addressing the unique aspects of our regional communities. The program's nationally-recognized professors will leverage their combined 70 years in the Social Work field to provide you with context through real-world examples, theoretical applications, case studies, and field experiences.

The program is offered with four concentrations:

  • Community Organization, Research, and Advocacy
  • Multicultural Practice with Children and Families
  • Foundation: Community Organization, Research, and Advocacy
  • Foundation: Multicultural Practice with Children and Families

Designed With You in Mind

Tarleton's program will prepare you with the knowledge, self-awareness, and experience you need to thrive in the field of Social Work. Designed for working adults, all coursework is offered in the evening, online, or hybrid courses. Our program faculty are passionate about social work and all related subject matter; as such, they love to share that passion with students.

Preparing You to Make a Difference

This program prepares you to make an impact in the quality of life for others while helping advance your social work career. Coursework will incorporate community-based learning through partnerships with a variety of agencies that will help make sense of assignments and their context. Graduates of Tarleton’s M.S.W. program will go on to become advanced practitioners who excel in various roles, including clinicians and field administrators. Our graduates will be lifelong learners who strive to provide ethical and competent service to diverse clients.


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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Alumni of our program are qualified to be employed in a variety of settings, including both public and private programs such as:

  • Medical Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Family Counselor
  • Child Welfare Case Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Clinical Mental Health Social Worker
  • Community Agency Leadership Coordinator
Group of social work students

Real Experience

Beyond the classroom, our students complete hands-on internships where they build upon, practice, and integrate the skills learned through coursework. In addition to internships, opportunities often arise for students to present research to the National Association of Social Workers and other research symposiums, as well as submit scholarly articles to journals, such as the Journal of Social Work or New Social Worker Magazine. For more information, contact the MSW Program Director and Advisor, Dr. Tiffany Wigington.

Career Service

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • Handshake
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance
  • Texan Shadow

And many more!

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Program Objectives

Graduates of the MSW program will be able to:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly,
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice,
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments,
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice,
  • Advance human rights, and social and economic justice,
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research,
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, 
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being, and to deliver effective social work service
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice, and
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Coursework Highlights

Community Organization, Research, and Advocacy Concentration

Class Number Class Name
SOCW 5103 Community Organization Integrative Seminar II
SOCW 5305 Foundations of Community & Organization Practice
SOCW 5315 Social Policy & Policy Analysis
SOCW 5320 Service Learning
SOCW 5340 Social Justice & Disparities
SOCW 5352 Community Organization Field Placement I

Multicultural Practice with Families and Children Concentration

Class Number Class Name
SOCW 5104 Integrative Clinical Seminar I
SOCW 5310 Direct Practice - Individuals, Families, & Groups
SOCW 5330 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SOCW 5362 Multicultural Practice Field Placement I
SOCW 5365 Community Organizing & Engagement
SOCW 5373 DSM for Clinicians

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

Social work students on a study abroad trip

Study Abroad

Study Abroad opportunities allow students to gain a global perspective through travel and coursework. During study abroad, students may stay with families, meet other social work students, and learn about social service in other countries. Most recently, students traveled to Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Phi Alpha Honor Society

Phi Alpha Honor Society

The purposes of the Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

National Association of Social Workers

National Association of Social Workers

The NASW is the largest professional organization for social workers and encourages student membership. The NASW Code of Ethics outlines the six core values of social work: Integrity, Competence, Service Importance of Human Relationships, Dignity and Worth of the Person, and Social Justice. Local chapters, state and national conferences offer ongoing continuing education ventures to support lifelong learning.

Social Work Licensure

Social Work Licensure

Did you know that in Texas "social worker" is a restricted title? You cannot call yourself a "social worker" without a social work license, and in Texas, only graduates of a CSWE-accredited program can sit for the licensing exam. The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, allows students graduating from a program that is officially "in candidacy" to take the licensing exam. There are several levels of licensure, including baccalaureate (BSW), masters (LMSW), and clinical (LCSW).