About Our Degree Programs

Dr. Rowena Fong Staged ClassThe Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) program combines liberal arts with social work classes to prepare individuals for entry into direct human service professional positions. Graduates of our BSW program enhance the well-being of their clients, contribute to the development of social policies, assist in the operation of organizations that provide services to individuals and promote social and economic justice. Program highlights:

    • 125 semester hour degree program
    • 30 hours of coursework in human behavior, practice, research, and policy
    • 480 clock hours of fieldwork in a social services agency

Salas-Wright, Christopher in his classroom with students in the School of Social Work 2014

The Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) program prepares students for advanced social work practice and policy-related administration with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. This professional degree offers a broad spectrum of career opportunities in settings such as private agencies, hospitals, schools, private practice, and local, state and federal government including the legislature. We conduct regularly scheduled information meetings for prospective MSSW students. Program highlights:

  • 60 semester hour degree program
  • Two concentrations: Clinical Social Work and Administration and Policy Practice (APP)
  • Flexible study options: 1 to 3½ year programs
  • 1,020 hours of field practicum


Students and research posterThe doctoral program (PhD) prepares its graduates for successful academic careers as social work educators and researchers. The program includes course work, research and teaching experiences, an opportunity to master individualized content and original research, and chances to publish in leading journals. You may want to learn about some of our current doctoral students, and about the career of some of our alumni. Program highlights:

  • 47 credit hours, excluding dissertation
  • Emphasis on research related to practice and policy
  • Opportunities to teach in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work
  • Collaboration with faculty in a variety of research areas