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Master of Science in Social Work (M.S.S.W.) Degree Information

Master of Science in Social Work
(M.S.S.W.) Degree Information

Goals

The goals of the MSSW program at West Texas A&M University are to educate students who:

  • Become Advanced Generalist Practitioners.
  • Use a variety of theoretical perspectives.
  • Develop interventions at all levels of systems practice, and
  • Are knowledgeable in the unique aspects of rural communities. 

The goals of the social work program at WTAMU complement and support the mission of the program and are directly derived from that mission. To be effective change agents in a rapidly changing society, social workers must become advanced general practitioners, use a variety of theoretical perspectives, develop interventions at all levels of practice, and for our region of the country, they must be knowledgeable in the unique aspects of rural communities. All of these components work in concert with the knowledge base gleaned from the courses required, and with the self-awareness that is cultivated throughout the curriculum.

The focus of advanced generalist practice is consistent with the mission and goals of the social work program. The goals, derived from the competencies as outlined by the Council on Social Work Education, reflect the need to prepare practitioners who can practice across varying levels of practice. Advanced generalist graduates will be prepared to synthesize and apply a broad range of social work theories, determining those that best fit each specific client situation.  


Admission Criteria and Application Guidelines for Advanced Standing (see below if you do not have a degree in Social Work)

Applications must be submitted by August 1st, 2018. Applications will be considered until the cohorts are full.

To qualify for the Fall 2018 Advanced Standing Program you must have a:

  • a degree in Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program within the last 6 years, and
  • a 3.0 GPA in social work classes, demonstrated by the SOCW prefix or applicable social work prefix from another CSWE-accredited institution (Please note: YOU must figure your GPA and include that in your essay as described below.)*
    • The Admissions Committee will consider applicants with a GPA between 2.7 and 3.0.

If you have the above, you may apply to the Advanced Standing program by following these steps:

1.  Apply to the Graduate School by completing the online application.

2.  Submit your official transcripts from all institutions you have attended to the Graduate School

3.  Write an Essay regarding your desire to pursue your M.S.S.W. at West Texas A&M University:

  • Length should be between 3-5 pages (three full pages of writing MINIMUM).
  • The essay must contain proper APA citations.
  • The essay must address your GPA if under a 3.0, and address the reasons for the GPA, any discrepancies between it and your abilities, and how you have remedied any issues contributing to a low GPA.
    • Include your GPA for your last 60 hours (you must compute this).
  • The essay must address your commitment to the core social work values as specified by the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • The essay should provide insight as to why you want to enter the social work profession - what are your motivations?
  • The essay should discuss why, in particular, you wish to attend WTAMU.
  • Please double-space your essay.
  • It should address relevant experience or other considerations.
  • The M.S.S.W. program requires a great deal of writing.  Thus, this essay is meant to be a demonstration of your writing skills.  A substandard essay, even if you have a high GPA and excellent references, may result in denial of admission to the M.S.S.W. program.

4.  Provide two references, using the Recommendation Form

  • Social Work related (supervisor at paid social work, field instructor, or volunteer in social-service related agency/field)
  • Faculty Member (not a faculty member from WT’s Graduate Social Work Program who will serve on the admissions committee)

5.  Submit your completed essay, transcripts and two reference letters to the Graduate School as noted below.  Incomplete applications will NOT be processed.

The Graduate School
West Texas A&M University

WTAMU Box 60215
Canyon, TX 79016-0001

 6.  A personal interview may be required of any applicant, and social work experience may be taken into consideration.


Applications for the Fall 2018 General (Foundation) Program (for those without a recent degree in Social Work):

The priority date for Fall 2018 applications is April 1st, 2018. If openings remain, non-priority applications will be considered until August 1st, 2018.

All students with a degree other than social work may apply to the Foundation program by following these steps:

1.  Apply to the Graduate School by completing the online application. 

2.  Submit your official transcripts from all institutions you have attended to the Graduate School

     Students must have a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 hours of a liberal arts degree*

*The Admissions Committee will consider applicants with a GPA between 2.7 and 3.0*

3.  Write an Essay regarding your desire to pursue your M.S.S.W. at West Texas A&M University:

  • Length should be between 3-5 pages (three full pages of writing MINIMUM).
  • The essay must contain proper APA citations.
  • The essay must address your GPA if under a 3.0, and address the reasons for the GPA, any discrepancies between it and your abilities, and how you have remedied any issues contributing to a low GPA.
    • Include your GPA for your last 60 hours (you must compute this).
  • The essay must address your commitment to the core social work values as specified by the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • The essay should provide insight as to why you want to enter the social work profession - what are your motivations?
  • The essay should discuss why, in particular, you wish to attend WTAMU.
  • Please double-space your essay.
  • It should address relevant experience or other considerations.
  • The M.S.S.W. program requires a great deal of writing.  Thus, this essay is meant to be a demonstration of your writing skills.  A substandard essay, even if you have a high GPA and excellent references, may result in denial of admission to the M.S.S.W. program.

4.  Provide two references, using the Recommendation Form

  • Volunteer supervisor in social work related area
  • Faculty Member (not a faculty member who will serve on the admissions committee)
  • Others who know your work ethic, values, etc. - the qualities that would make you an effective social worker

5.  Submit your completed essay, transcripts and two reference letters to:

The Graduate School
West Texas A&M University
WTAMU Box 60215
Canyon, TX 79016-0001

  6.  A personal interview may be required, and casework experience may be taken into consideration. 

*Students who do not have a liberal arts degree may be required to take leveling classes.

The Foundation Program can be completed in a little over two years with full-time attendance. If a student is enrolled part-time, it will take longer to complete but cannot take more than four years. 


Social Work Advisory Council

The primary function of the Council is to provide advice and guidance to the Social Work Program in matters relating to the profession of social work. More information about the Social Work Advisory Council.