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Social Work

MSW-Social Work

The Master of Social Work program at Texas A&M University-Commerce is designed to meet the educational needs of advanced level social workers. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). All MSW graduates are eligible to sit for the State of Texas LMSW licensure testing. The program follows an advanced generalist practice model. 

The MSW program offers 2 programs:

  • a fully online program option for students who reside within a 500-mile geographic radius of the Commerce campus, and
  • a face-to-face option in which the courses are offered during the day and evenings on the Commerce campus, Mesquite Metroplex Center, and Collin County Higher Education Center.

Program types:

Foundation – Students with an undergraduate degree in any field other than Social Work.  This is either a full time, two-year program offered over four regular semesters and one summer semester or a part-time program in which students can expect to earn their degree in about four years. Students beginning the program in a fall term can choose the full time program and students beginning in a spring and/or summer term must select the part-time program.

Advanced Standing (AGP/Concentration) – Students who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) within the last six years and have a 3.0 GPA are eligible for expedited admission to the Advanced Standing Program.  Students with a BSW older than 6 years, from a CSWE accredited program may apply to the Advanced Standing program, but may be required to take additional course work to update knowledge, skills and abilities as recommended by the Admissions Committee. Full-time students can expect to complete the program in one year.

Students transferring from another MSW program are required to sign a release of information form; which will be used to communicate with the previous MSW program.

Social Work Admission Packet

Departmental Website

Required Documents for Admission

Admission Consideration Requirements for All Students

  • Apply Texas Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
    • Any applicant whose overall bachelor's GPA is less than 3.00 or less than 3.00 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work is required to take the official general GRE.  Submit an official copy of the general GRE score report to A&M-Commerce School of Social Work. 

    PLEASE REVIEW THE INFORMATION BELOW AND FOLLOW EITHER A OR B, DEPENDING ON YOUR DEGREE AND GPA:

    A. ADVANCE STANDING PROGRAM:

    Applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree in Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited BSW program within six (6) years of their planned start and whose overall GPA is 3.0 or higher or at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, will be considered for Advanced Standing. 

    Applicants who meet these criteria (CSWE accredited BSW degree and overall 3.0 GPA or 3.0 on last 60 hours of undergraduate work or hold a conferred master's degree with an overall 3.0 GPA or higher) only need to submit the items listed below (1-3) to the School of Social Work department:

    1. Apply Texas application,
    2. application fee, and
    3. all official transcripts from any university attended.

    B. FOUNDATION PROGRAM:

    Applicants with one of the below degrees must submit the items listed below (1-6 and possibly 7 and 8)

    • A bachelor's degree (*BSW) from a CSWE-accredited program that is older than 6 years from their anticipated start date (no matter of GPA), or
    • a bachelor's degree (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited program and whose overall bachelor's GPA is less than a 3.0 GPA , or
    • a bachelor's degree (BSW) from a non-CSWE-accredited  program (no matter GPA), or
    • a bachelor's degree (non-BSW) from an accredited program.
    1. Apply Texas application,
    2. application fee, and
    3. all official transcripts from any university attended,
    4. Three (3) current recommendations:
    • References must be submitted on TAMUC School of Social Work reference form and include an original signature,
    • References from co-workers, family, or friends are not acceptable, 
    • References must be less than one year old at the time of the admission review,
    • References forms must be completed and submitted by the person providing the reference.  References submitted by the student will not be accepted.

            5. Current Resume (less than one year old at time of the admission review)

            6.  Current 2-3 page Professional Narrative Statement addressing items outlined in 1-10 on the form

             7.  A Release of Information form
                    Students transferring from another MSW program are required to sign a release of information form: which will be used to communicate with the previous MSW program.

             8.  Official GRE:  Any applicant whose overall bachelor's GPA is less than 3.00 or less than 3.00 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or holds a master's degree with less than a 3.0 GPA is required to take the general GRE and submit it to A&M-Commerce School of Social Work.

    * Applicants who hold a BSW from a CSWE accredited institution that is older than 6 years must complete steps 1-6 (possibly 7 and 8) for those seeking admission to the Foundation Program.  However, all documents will be reviewed and a determination will be made as to admission for Advanced Standing or Foundation based on course work competencies

Additional Admission Consideration Requirements for International Students Only

  • Application fee, $75.00, US dollars (this may be paid online when you apply)
  • Bank Statement from the sponsor, must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Official transcripts (with a copy of the provisional certificate or diploma)
    For more information on official transcripts, please click here and read FAQ question:  What transcripts do I submit for my admission?

  • English Proficiency:

    • Official TOEFL report (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Official IELTS report (at least overall 6.00 band), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Official PTE report (at least overall 53 or higher), scores must be less than 2 years old,
    • Official Duolingo report (at least overall 105 or higher), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university.

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

MSW Admission application deadlines are as follows:

Fall                   July 1
Spring              November 1 
Summer           March 1