West Texas A&M University

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

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

Available On Campus/Online*

*Please note that we do not have a fully online program. Our classes are offered in a combination of face-to-face, online, and hybrid.

Notice of Accreditation

    The Social Work Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The program achieved candidacy in 2010, and was fully 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. 

    Requirements for licensure/certification vary from state-to-state. Our programs prepare students for certification and/or licensure in the State of Texas. We do not represent that our programs prepare students for licensure or certifications in other states.

    Plan of Study

    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.

    Admission Requirements
    Application for the General Foundation



    Please note: The program does not give academic credit for life experience and previous work experience, in whole or in part, in lieu of the field practicum or courses in the professional foundation areas.

    Social Work Advisory Council

    MSSW Program Assessment Data (updated 4/2018)




    Child, Family, and School Social Workers
    Median wage (TX) - $39,190
    Median wage (US) - $45,300

    Healthcare Social Workers
    Median wage (TX) - $54,340
    Median wage (US) - $51,460

    Licensed Clinical
    Social Worker

    Median wage (US) - $51,965

    US Department of Veterans Affairs Social Worker
    Median wage (US) - $67,275

    Wage information taken from http://wtamu.myplan.com


    Career Opportunities

    • Social Workers in Administration, Policy and Research
    • Child, Family, and School Social Workers
    • Community Social Workers
    • Gerontological Social Workers
    • Medical and Health Social Workers
    • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
    • Military and Veterans Social Work
    • Palliative and Hospice Social Work
    • Psychiatric Social Workers


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