Social Work
Master of Social Work

You want to be a force for change in your community. You believe in service and using research to affect change at the local, national and global level. Most of all, you know what it takes to be a leader and a voice for those who need it the most.

A career in Social Work is the right fit — and there is no better place to earn your degree than the University of Texas at San Antonio.

A Master of Social Work will prepare you to begin or continue your career in transformative,culturally competent social work. You’ll gain specialized skills and knowledge to work across the micro-mezzo-macro practice continuum and make a positive impact in the lives of those who are vulnerable or marginalized. You’ll also gain skills employers want: critical thinking, research skills, problem solving and oral and written communication skills.

TGraduates work in professional positions serving diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities (see National Association of Social Workers website for more information about the profession and career opportunities). Students graduating from the program demonstrate a commitment to cultural competence, multidimensional contextual practice, social responsibility, and transformative social work.

The Department of Social Work hosts top-tier researchers and educators focused on empowering our students to be transformative culturally competent social workers. Our accredited program offers a Master in Social Work degree for part-time or full-time students. We offer primarily evening classes, with some day classes, to provide options for students with a variety of schedules.

Our program mission: To serve as catalysts for transformational culturally competent social work through research, education and service within a local-global context.

We are proud of our community partnerships in San Antonio and beyond, which create a wide range of possibilities for student practicum experiences. In addition to engaging with the community, students engage with dedicated faculty and with one another through campus organizations. On the state licensing exam, students and alumni from our program have a passing rate that is significantly higher than the national passage rate. Our alumni are transforming lives and organizations in San Antonio and across the country.

The Department of Social Work is housed under the College for Health, Community and Policy, located on the UTSA Downtown Campus. Our main office is located in the Frio Street Building, room 4.544.

  • A completed graduate application form submitted to the UTSA Graduate School, including official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
  • A narrative statement addressing interest in and fit with the UTSA MSW program, not to exceed 1250 words (approximately five pages)
PDF of narrative statement guidelines.
  • Three department recommendation forms completed by professionals familiar with the applicant’s preparation for graduate social work education;
  • Department forms documenting prior professional and volunteer experiences and academic preparation in the liberal arts;
  • For international students, results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) not more than five years old and a score of not less than 79 (Internet) or 550 (paper), or results of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) not more than five years old and a score of not less than 6.5.
  • All forms and instructions are available online through the UTSA's Graduate School. application deadlines
The Department offers two degree options: the 60-hour curriculum available to those students who have undergraduate degrees in something other than social work; and the 36-hour curriculum for those students who have a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW) from a social work program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. These students may enter the program as an advanced standing student, although additional admissions documents will be required. Transfer students from an accredited MSW program are also considered for acceptance into the program. Students may enter the MSW program either full-time or part-time during the fall or spring semesters. Courses are offered primarily during evening hours, with a limited number of day courses, to accommodate a range of student work schedules. Students in the 60-hour program complete 900 clock hours of field practicum, and those in the 36-hour program complete 450 hours.

Tuition & Fees

Information about tuition and fees can be found at Graduate School Tuition and Fees.

Student Handbook

A copy of the student handbook can be downloaded by clicking: Student Handbook and Field Manual

Financial Aid

Information about financial aid at UTSA can be found at the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Licensing Pass Rate
The UTSA Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares students to be licensed social work practitioners! Check out the percentage of our students who pass the MSW licensing exam, which is higher than the national average passage rate, here.

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Department of Social Work

Phone: 210-458-3000
Fax: 210-458-3001
Location: FS 4.544
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644