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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
School of Social Work

School of Social Work

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Master of Science in Social Work
Doctor of Philosophy

Facilities for Graduate Work

The School of Social Work Building houses classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, a computer classroom, and a student lounge. The building also houses the school's Learning Resource Center, which contains computer and video laboratories and reading rooms; the center provides an extensive reference library of social work-related journals and other materials.

The school offers students several other services and resources, including the Office of Academic Affairs, which coordinates advising, registration, and other academic matters. Career planning is available through the DiNitto Center for Career Services. The Center for Social Work Research administers faculty-conducted research in such areas as substance abuse and mental health; child welfare; cultural diversity; domestic and community violence; gerontology; families, children, and youth; social work education; and organizational structures.

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Areas of Study

The School of Social Work offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science in Social Work and the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in social work.

The Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) program prepares students for advanced social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities and for policy-related and administrative positions. Two areas of concentration are available: clinical social work and community and administrative leadership.

Students pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy degree design their own areas of study based on their academic and research interests.

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Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2004-2005.

Marilyn P. Armour
Noel B. Busch
Namkee G. Choi
King E. Davis
Diana M. DiNitto
Michael J. Ferguson
Rowena Fong
Dawnovise N. Fowler
Cynthia Franklin
Dorie J. Gilbert
Darlene Grant
Roberta Greene
Lori Kay Holleran
Barbara L. Jones
Jane A. Kretzschmar
Michael L. Lauderdale
Laura Lein
Ruth G. McRoy
Yolanda C. Padilla
Elizabeth Pomeroy
Dennis L. Poole
Allen Rubin
A. James Schwab Jr.
Clayton T. Shorkey
David W. Springer
Calvin L. Streeter
Barbara W. White
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Admission Requirements

Approval of the graduate adviser is required for admission to all social work courses.

Master of Science in Social Work

Applicants for admission to this degree program should have a background in general liberal arts education with a broad range of studies in the behavioral sciences. All applicants must have completed at least one college-level statistics course that includes inferential applications.

Applicants with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may be admitted into a modified program of study.

Doctor of Philosophy

Applicants to the doctoral degree program must have a master's degree from an accredited school of social work. Exceptions to this requirement are sometimes made for applicants from countries without an accreditation system or for applicants with exceptionally strong credentials and with experience working in social work settings. Preference is given to individuals with at least two years of professional experience beyond the master's degree.

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Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Social Work

Developed in accordance with Council on Social Work Education curriculum standards and policies, the full-time MSSW program requires sixty semester hours of coursework. Experiential learning is provided through internships in selected government, nonprofit, and for-profit agencies. Course content and field experiences are organized and integrated using a systems/developmental framework and a biopsychosocial perspective.

Of the sixty semester hours required for graduation, a maximum of twenty-four may be accepted by waiver from an accredited Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Social Work program. Waivers are awarded only after careful evaluation by the faculty of a student's training and experience in the areas in which waivers are sought.

Most students enroll in the regular full-time program, which can be completed in two academic years. Extended and part-time programs of work can be completed in three years. Students accepted into a modified program of study complete a forty-two to forty-eight-semester-hour program in twelve to sixteen months. Each option provides students with opportunities to study independently with individual faculty members, to take elective courses in other University departments, and to waive some required coursework by examination. The school offers required courses during evening hours but cannot guarantee that the degree program can be completed by taking courses only at night.

Doctor of Philosophy

Students seeking the doctoral degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a program of courses prescribed by the Graduate Studies Committee.
  2. Completion of a written qualifying examination that tests the student's knowledge of research design and methodology in social work and of selected aspects of social work practice.
  3. Completion of an acceptable program of original research, including the submission of a dissertation that extends the knowledge base of social work.
  4. Satisfactory performance on an oral examination in defense of the dissertation.

In addition to the full-time doctoral program, a part-time summer program is available.

Students should consult the graduate adviser for additional requirements.

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For More Information

Campus address: School of Social Work Building (SSW) 2.222, phone (512) 471 5457, fax (512) 471-9600; campus mail code: D3500

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work, 1 University Station D3500, Austin TX 78712



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