Degree Requirements

Approval of the graduate adviser is required for registration in any social work courses.

Master of Science in Social Work

Developed in accordance with Council on Social Work Education curriculum standards and policies, the full-time Master of Science in Social Work degree program requires sixty semester hours of coursework. Experiential learning is provided through internships in selected government, nonprofit, and for-profit agencies. Course content and field experiences are organized and integrated using a systems/developmental framework and a biopsychosocial perspective.

Of the sixty semester hours required for graduation, a maximum of twenty-four may be accepted by waiver from an accredited Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Social Work program. Waivers are awarded only after careful evaluation by the faculty of a student’s training and experience in the areas in which waivers are sought.

Most students enroll in the regular full-time program, which can be completed in two academic years. Extended and part-time programs of work can be completed in two and one-half to three and one-half years. Students accepted into a modified program of study complete a forty-two to forty-eight-semester-hour program in twelve to sixteen months. Each option provides students with opportunities to study independently with individual faculty members, and to take elective courses in other University departments. The school offers required courses during evening hours but cannot guarantee that the degree program can be completed by taking courses only at night.

Doctor of Philosophy

Students seeking the doctoral degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a program of courses prescribed by the Graduate Studies Committee.
  2. Completion of a written comprehensive examination that tests the student’s knowledge of theory, research design and methodology in social work, and of selected aspects of social work practice.
  3. Completion of an acceptable program of original research, including the submission of a dissertation that extends the knowledge base of social work.
  4. Satisfactory performance on an oral examination in defense of the dissertation.

Students should consult the graduate adviser for additional requirements.

Dual Degree Programs

Master of Science in Social Work/Master of Divinity

The graduate program in social work offers a dual degree program with the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (APTS). Applicants must apply separately and be admitted to both the Master of Science in Social Work program at UT Austin and the Master of Divinity program at APTS. The degrees are conferred separately by each institution. Additional information is available from the director of admissions at the School of Social Work.

Master of Science in Social Work/Master of Public Health

The graduate program in social work offers a dual degree program with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health (UTSPH). Applicants must apply separately and be admitted to both the Master of Science in Social Work program at UT Austin and the Master of Public Health at UTSPH. Students accepted into the dual degree program complete the three-year program of work in both schools. The degrees are conferred separately by each institution. Additional information is available from the director of admissions at the School of Social Work.

In addition, the School of Social Work offers the following dual degree programs in cooperation with other divisions of the University. More information is available from the graduate adviser in each program.

Field(s) of Study Degree(s)
Latin American StudiesMaster of Arts
LawDoctor of Jurisprudence
Public affairsMaster of Public Affairs