TWU - UNT Joint MSW Program

The master’s degree in social work is one of the most highly recognized degrees in health and human services, opening the door for employment opportunities in health care, child and family services, mental health and a variety of other exciting career fields.

Both Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and the University of North Texas (UNT) have had strong bachelor’s in degree social work (BSW) programs, continually accredited since the mid-1970s. These two BSW programs have worked closely together for decades and see the JMSW as a continuation and deepening of this relationship.  Students who join this program will be able to take advantage of the resources available at both universities and will benefit from the breadth of experience among the faculty and the robust community connections they hold throughout the North Texas area.

The program will offer its first classes in Fall 2017. The first year of classes are designed to serve students who do not already hold a bachelor’s degree in social work – providing them with the foundation in social work practice that is part of the BSW curriculum.  The course of study for these students will include 60 credit hours and include two years of full-time work. Students who hold a BSW can apply for admission for the 2018-19 academic year. They will complete a one-year advanced standing program, leading to the MSW. Both groups of students will graduate with the same degree – jointly awarded by the two universities.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, psychology or other related fields, as well as students who hold a bachelor’s degree in any field other than social work, are invited to apply to this exciting and rigorous program.

 

Life Experience
No credit, including course work or field practicum hours, is granted for life experience or work experience. Students must complete the full curriculum and all practicum requirements in order to graduate from the program. 

Licensure
It is a crime to present oneself as a social worker in Texas without licensure. Licensure is acquired by successfully completing a CSWE accredited educational program and passing an examination for licensure. A study guide is available through the American Association of State Social Work Boards for a fee. Information about the dates and locations of the examination and the ordering of study guides are available on the Association of Social Work Boards website: www.aasb.org . Information about applying for the licensure examination can be obtain at the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners website: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/socialwork/ 

Students in the JMSW are encouraged to take the licensing exam upon completing their degree. The Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners allows graduates of MSW programs that are in candidacy for accreditation with CSWE to take the exam for a license at the level of Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). 

Program Accreditation Status
The JMSW is currently in Pre-Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation. 

Pre-Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has submitted an application to be reviewed for Candidacy.  A program that has attained Pre-Candidacy has not yet been reviewed by the Commission on Accreditation or been verified to be in compliance with the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.  The Council on Social Work Education does not publicly disclose whether programs have currently attained Pre-Candidacy Status until they are granted Candidacy.

Students who enter the program while it is still in Pre-Candidacy will not be recognized as attending a program in Candidacy unless the program attains Candidacy in the academic year in which those students enter.  The Candidacy Process is typically a three-year process and there is no guarantee that a program in Pre-Candidacy will eventually attain Candidacy or Initial Accreditation.  Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation.  Candidacy by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program.  Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

In Texas, the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners allows graduates of MSW programs that are in candidacy for accreditation with CSWE to take the exam for a license at the level of Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).