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+Why should I get an M.S.W.?
Upon successful degree completion, an M.S.W. graduate is eligible to become a Licensed Master Social Worker (L.M.S.W.), one of the most highly recognized professional titles in health and human services. Students can pursue their licensure by meeting state requirements, including passing an examination approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Social workers who earn two years of post-graduate supervision may take the examination to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.).
+What is a joint master’s degree program?
A joint master’s degree program is a unique experience offered through a partnership of two or more universities. TWU and UNT have jointly developed the M.S.W. curriculum in order to provide students and faculty with a rare opportunity to draw on the strengths and resources of both universities. Students are members of one M.S.W. program that exists across two campuses.
+I already have a bachelor’s degree in social work. Am I eligible for Advanced Standing?
Yes. If you completed a B.S.W. degree within the last five years and meet the program requirements, you are eligible to apply to the Advanced Standing program. Advanced Standing students may earn their M.S.W. in less than one year. B.S.W. graduates who have been continuously and successfully working in the field (but graduated more than five but not more than seven years ago), may request consideration for Advanced Standing status and an exception to the five year policy.
+My undergraduate degree is not in social work. May I still apply?
Yes. As long as you have a degree from an accredited university and meet the program requirements, you are eligible to apply to the two year Generalist Program.
+How long will it take to complete the master’s program?
Program duration is determined by student status. There are two types of students admitted to the joint Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program. Full time Advanced Standing students complete the program in one year. Full time Generalist students complete the program in two years.
+May I complete the joint M.S.W. on a part time basis?
Yes. Part time students complete the degree in roughly double the length of time: two years for students with Advanced Standing and four years for Generalist students.
+What careers are available with an M.S.W.?
An M.S.W. degree opens up a broad range of career options for graduates. Direct service careers in child welfare, mental health, community practice, schools, aging, medical practice, clinical work, and many others are all available to M.S.W. graduates. Additionally, many management and administrative positions in public and private non-profit agencies are filled with M.S.W. graduates.
+Is there a minimum GPA required for program acceptance?
Yes, the minimum GPA is 3.0 for the last 60 hours of coursework.
+Is a GRE or GMAT required?
No GRE or GMAT is required to apply for admission.
+What is the application process for admission?
Students first complete a free Program Application. After program personnel review the Program Applications to ensure that applicants are eligible, students will be provided with a “home institution,” either TWU or UNT. They will be instructed to submit a formal application to their home institution through ApplyTexas. There is a fee to submit applications through ApplyTexas. If accepted, students will register at their home institution, but they will be members of both campus communities.
+May I take courses on both TWU and UNT’s campuses?
Yes, all students will take courses on both campuses.
+How can I get more information on the joint M.S.W. program?
Jan. 22, 2018 3-5 p.m.Feb. 5, 2018 3-5 p.m.
Submit your materials now to be considered for the program. Apply by Feb. 13 for priority considerations. If space is available, applications will be accepted through April 1.
+Is it possible to receive credit based on work or 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.
+Does completing the program guarantee licensure?
No. 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. Information about applying for the licensure examination can be obtain at the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners website.
Students in the joint M.S.W. are encouraged to take the licensing exam upon completing their degree. The Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners allows graduates of M.S.W. programs that are in candidacy for accreditation with CSWE to take the exam for a license at the level of Licensed Master Social Worker (L.M.S.W.).
Effective Sept. 1, 2017, HB 1508 created new laws that require entities providing educational programs leading to an occupational license to notify all applicants and enrollees of the implications of having a felony conviction, which may make them ineligible to obtain a license upon program completion. The law requires that this information be provided to all persons who are enrolled or applying to a teaching program without regard to whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense.
As an applicant or enrollee, you may review current guidelines used by the Texas Education Agency to determine eligibility here. You also have a right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the TEA. Information regarding this process as well as the request form are available online.
+Is the program accredited?
The joint M.S.W. 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 M.S.W. programs that are in candidacy for accreditation with CSWE to take the exam for a license at the level of Licensed Master Social Worker (L.M.S.W.).