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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 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).

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DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS FOR FALL, 2015 (enrollment for fall, 2014 is now closed):

March 1st, 2015: Priority Applications

June 1st, 2015: Regular Applications (if openings remain)

All required documentations MUST be received by the above dates 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:
  • 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 (Please note: YOU must figure your GPA and include that in your essay as described below.)
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 would like to pursue a M.S.S.W. 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 as noted below. Incomplete applications will NOT be processed.
 
     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.
 
Students will also be accepted for the General Program:

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 of  a liberal arts degree; students without a liberal arts degree may be required to take leveling courses
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.
 
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.

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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