West Texas A&M University

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Social Work Graduate Program

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work

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

Major in Social Work

Overview

Notice of Accreditation

The Social Work Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The program was first accredited in 2013, joining the BSW program with its long history of accreditation.

Mission Statement

The mission of the MSSW program at WTAMU is to prepare advanced generalist practitioners who are equipped with an eclectic knowledge base, professional values, and a wide range of advanced skills to assume the professional responsibilities of change agents in our rapidly changing, culturally diverse, global society. She or he should enhance the social functioning and interactions of her/his client systems, help clients develop resources, alleviate human suffering in the pursuit of the improvement of quality of life and conditions of people living in the rural Texas panhandle region, the state, the nation, and the world.

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.  

Graduates will be prepared with advanced practice skills which allow them to:

  • Differentially assess problems,
  • Employ specialized interventions, 
  • Develop more rigorous evaluation techniques, and
  • Establish themselves as leaders with systems of all sizes and levels of complexity.  

Please note: We do NOT have a fully online program. Our courses are approximately 1/3 face-to-face, 1/3 online, and 1/3 hybrid (meetings TBD each semester). We believe it is important to have in-person contact with you and provide a variety of learning experiences to meet different learning styles. Students are making a commitment to one or two nights per week for coursework. We have flexible field experiences based on your needs as a learner.

Social Work or Counseling? This link provides a good overview of the main differences! 

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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR FALL, 2015

  • Applications are due by June 1st, 2015

All required documentations MUST be received by the above date in order to be considered for fall, 2015 enrollment. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Admission Criteria and Application Guidelines

To qualify for the 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.)*
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 – “I want to pursue a M.S.S.W. at WTAMU because…”
  • Your essay should demonstrate your writing skills
  • Your essay should reference your GPA and address any discrepancy between your abilities and your GPA.
  • It should address your commitment to the core social work values
  • It should address relevant experience or other considerations
  • Please double-space

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 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, and social work experience may be taken into consideration.
*Students who do not have a 3.0 GPA may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
 
Students will also be accepted for the General (Foundation) Program:

General (Foundation) Program Standing

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*
3.  Essay – “I want to pursue a M.S.S.W at WTAMU because. . .”
  • Your essay should demonstrate your writing skills
  • Your essay should reference your GPA and any discrepancy between your abilities and your GPA
  • It should address your commitment to core social work values
  • It should discuss relevant experience or other considerations
  • Please double-space
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 3.0 GPA may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students with 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 works on the program 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. For more information about the Social Work Advisory Council click here.

Contacts

If you have questions about the program, the process, or anything else about the Master of Science in Social Work program, please contact Melody Loya, Ph.D, MSSW at mloya@wtamu.edu or (806) 651-2594.

MSSW Program Assessment Data

 

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