Alex Colvin headshot  Dr. Alex Colvin
  JMSW Program Director
  Department of Social Work



Greetings Prospective Student:

Welcome to North Texas and to our Joint Master of Social Work program. We pool the resources of two institutions, Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas, to provide you with an excellent education. As a new MSW program in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, this is an exciting time to be a part of a graduate education program that will inspire you to learn and grow.

You will find that the Joint Master of Social Work program, also referred to as the JMSW, is committed to offering a unique learning experience that reflects current practice needs and is centered on the development of advanced generalist social work practitioners. Our faculty include(s) an exceptional group of scholars who are engaged in cutting-edge research in diverse areas, including the study of aging, foster care, mental health, international social work practice, and technology integration in practice - just to name a few. Should you consider our program, our team of faculty and staff will be devoted to making your graduate educational experience a successful one.

The JMSW is committed to providing you with a high-quality educational experience. We are dedicated to creating a safe school environment where civil discourse is possible. Now more than ever, achieving social, racial, economic, and political justice for all is paramount. We value the cultural diversity of our faculty and students, and strive to strengthen our commitment toward a more compassionate and socially just society. Should you select the JMSW, we look forward to working with you and supporting your efforts to achieve the goal of becoming an effective and competent MSW advanced generalist practitioner. We hope you will join us, and we look forward to getting to know you and assisting you in meeting your educational goals.


Alex D. Colvin, Ph.D., LMSW
Graduate Program Director

Mission Statement

The mission statement of the TWU-UNT joint M.S.W. is to prepare effective advanced generalist social workers for ethical practice and leadership across settings and to promote human and community well-being in rapidly changing environments. The program is dedicated to preparing graduates to apply evidence-informed knowledge, skills and values as they address complex issues and problems, while promoting social and economic justice with those who are vulnerable and oppressed. With a global perspective of our interdependent world, graduates will practice and promote respect for human diversity and the advancement of human rights to benefit the quality of life for individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities.


Our program goals are:

  1. To prepare professional social workers who competently practice with a solid ethical base founded upon the values and principles of the profession.
  2. To prepare professional social workers to apply advanced knowledge and skills in complex practice environments.
  3. To prepare professional social workers to effectively incorporate a global perspective and dimensions of diversity in practice.
  4. To prepare professional social workers to act as agents of positive social change by understanding and analyzing injustice and implementing social and economic justice strategies.