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. Courses in the MSW program are offered evenings and weekends to accommodate working students. 

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).
  • A. 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 GPA is 3.0 or greater in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, will be considered for Advanced Standing.  Applicants who meet these criteria (CSWE accredited BSW degree and 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate work) only need to submit the Apply Texas application, application fee, and all official transcripts from any university attended.

    B. Applicants with a bachelor's degree (non-BSW) from an accredited college, university, or equivalent institution, a BSW from a non-CSWE accredited program, or having earned a BSW with less than a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours undergraduate work must submit the Apply Texas application, application fee, and all official transcripts from any university attended plus the following items:

    a. Official GRE scores,
    b. Three (3) current recommendations:

    • References must be submitted on reference form with a hand-written 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.

    c. Current Resume (less than one year old at time of the admission review)
    d. Current Professional Narrative Statement (less than one year old at time of the admission review)

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 (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • IELTS (at least overall 6.00 band), 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, or

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

MSW Admission File completion deadlines are as follows:

Summer 2018          March 1, 2018

Fall 2018                  July 5, 2018

Spring 2019             November 1, 2018