Degree Requirements

Graduate work at The University of Texas at Austin is broader than any single department or program.  Supporting work in the social and behavioral sciences may be taken in a single academic department or it may focus on a particular issue cutting across several academic departments.  Students may also petition the Graduate School for permission to develop an interdisciplinary program under an interdepartmental committee.

The program of work, excluding dissertation requires a minimum of 47 credit hours of graduate study.  A grade of B- or better must be earned for each class in the Program of Work to satisfy our requirements.  The required program of work is outlined below:

THREE SEMINARS IN RESEARCH METHODS (9 CREDIT HOURS)

Research I
Research II: Quantitative Methods
Research III: Qualitative Methods

TWO SEMINARS IN COMPUTER DATA ANALYSIS (6 CREDIT HOURS)

Data Analysis and Computers I
Data Analysis and Computers II

ONE RESEARCH PRACTICUM (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Research practicum. Download guidelines and form for SW395L Research Practicum (pdf) or (docx)

ONE WRITING PRACTICUM (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Writing practicum. Download guidelines and form for SW395W Writing Practicum (pdf) or (docx)

ONE SEMINAR ON THEORY (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Theories in Social Work

ONE SEMINAR ON PEDAGOGY IN SOCIAL WORK (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Pedagogy in Social Work

TWO COLLOQUIA ON SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION AND RESEARCH (2 CREDIT HOURS)

Colloquia on Social Work Education and Research

FIVE ELECTIVES (15 CREDIT HOURS)

One elective must be either Advanced Research or Statistical Methods
Four electives supporting dissertation research.
Download guidelines and form for SW395K Conference Course (pdf) or (docx)

ONE AREA SPECIALIZATION (COMPREHENSIVE EXAM PREPARATION) COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Area Specialization Course