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MSSW Program Requirements

The MSSW program requires 60-credit hours of coursework and 1,020 clock-hours of supervised field internship.
We offer two concentrations, Clinical Social Work and Administration and Policy Practice. Within each concentration there are many opportunities to tailor the degree to your interests and goals.

Curriculum

Foundation

The foundation curriculum prepares students for generalist social work practice and develops knowledge of and identification with the social work profession. Students learn about social work values, ethics and practices; populations at risk; human behavior and the social environment; dynamics of organizations and communities; social welfare policy and services and research methodologies. Regardless of the student’s choice of concentration, the program emphasizes commitment to diverse populations, social and economic justice and the advancement of the knowledge-base of the profession.

Concentrations

Clinical Social Work

This concentration gives you the knowledge and skills for ethical, evidence-based, strengths-based and culturally responsive clinical practice with individuals, families, groups and communities.

Course content includes clinical assessment and diagnosis, group treatment, and electives in clinical practice such as treatment of traumatized populations, attachment, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Administration and Policy Practice (APP)

This concentration gives you the knowledge and skills for ethical and culturally responsive practice in human service organizations such as federal, state and community-based agencies, for profit and nonprofit organizations and foundations.

Course content includes strategic partnerships, information systems, management, program evaluation, grant writing, advanced policy practice and organizational leadership.

Flexible program options

Complete the MSSW program as a full-time student in two years or choose more flexible options that take longer. We offer options for independent study with individual faculty and for taking elective courses in other graduate departments at UT Austin. Required courses are offered during daytime and evening hours, and some are offered during the summer. Students with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from an accredited school can complete a shorter program.

Program optionsSemestersTypical credit-hour load per semesterStartTotal credit hours
1-year program for BSW degree holders:
42-hour program
48-hour program
46-15Summer42-48
2-year program415 Fall60
3-year program69-12Fall60
3-and-half-year program106-9Fall60
Please note:
  • The Steve Hicks School of Social Work no longer offers the 1.5 year post-BSW program option with Spring admission. Any prospective students who have initiated a 1.5 year application beginning in Spring 2021 will need to discontinue it and submit an application for the Summer 2021 semester.
  • For financial aid considerations, full-time status in the MSSW program is 12-credit hours or more.