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Social Work Graduate Program

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work

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

Major in Social Work

Overview

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 their 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 proposed focus of advanced generalist practice is consistent with the mission and goals of the social work program. The goals, derived from the competencies, 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.  

To learn more about our program click on the links below:

Admission Criteria and Application Guidelines for Fall 2014

To qualify for the Advanced Standing Program you must have a:
  • Degree from a CSWE-accredited program within the last 10 years, and
  • 3.0 GPA in social work classes, demonstrated by the SOCW prefix or applicable social work prefix from another CSWE-accredited institution

If you have the above, you can 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 should be admitted in the West Texas A&M University M.S.S.W. program because…”
  • No more than two pages in length
  • Double-spaced
  • Minimum 12-point font

4.  Be sure your name and SS# or ID # appear on each page.

5.  Get 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)

6.  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
 
7.  A personal interview may be required, and social work experience may be taken into consideration.
 
We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 cohort.
 
Click on the link to learn about the Semester-by-Semester Schedule.
 
 
 

Students will also be accepted for the General Program described below for Fall 2014: 

General Program Standing

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.  3.0 GPA in their last 60 hours
4.  Essay – “I want to pursue a M.S.S.W because. . .”
  • No more than two pages in length
  • Double-spaced
  • Minimum 12-point font

5.  Give two references, using the Recommendation Form
  • Volunteer in social work related area
  • Faculty Member (not a faculty member who will serve on the admissions committee)

6.  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
   
7.  A personal interview may be required, and social work experience may be taken into consideration.
    
We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 cohort.
 
 
The General Program can be completed in 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.
 

Notice of Accreditation

The Social Work Program has been fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Since this has been accomplished, all M.S.S.W. graduates are retroactively be considered to have graduated from an accredited program.

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.

West Texas Family and Community Services (WTFCS)

Click on the link to learn more about the WTFCS

Contacts

If you have questions about the program, the process, or anything else about the Master of 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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