Social Work

Joint Master's Degree Program

Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas are proud to offer Texas’ first joint Master of Social Work degree program. Graduates will be prepared to become effective, advanced social workers with a focus on ethical practices and leadership training across a variety of social work settings. Social workers empower communities, individuals and groups to create positive changes. Program graduates will be trained and qualified to work in many roles, including clinicians, administrators, case managers, supervisors, fundraisers and program managers.

Graduate opportunities

U.S. Department of Labor job statistics indicate continued high demand in social work occupations. Anticipated growth areas include addiction, child welfare, disability, gerontology, health care and mental health. Job settings include advocacy organizations, criminal justice systems, family service agencies, hospitals, inpatient and day treatment facilities, intensive case management programs, managed care systems, schools and veterans’ affairs and military facilities.

Upon successful degree completion, an M.S.W. graduate is eligible to become a Licensed Master Social Worker, one of the most highly recognized professional titles in health and human services. Students can pursue their licensure by meeting state requirements, including passing an examination approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Social workers who earn two years of postgraduate supervision may take the examination to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Research opportunities

Joint M.S.W. students will have a broad range of research opportunities and resources. The master’s thesis option allows students to work with faculty at both TWU and UNT in pursuit of their research interests. Students may use evidence-based social work practices to perform quantitative and qualitative research or develop new areas of study. Students also can access books and journal articles under the guidance of social work-specific library liaisons, facilitate the work of professors, present at conferences and connect with peer networks.

Attending TWU and UNT

TWU and UNT have developed the joint M.S.W. degree program to provide students and faculty with the unique opportunity to draw on the strengths and resources of both universities. Through the joint program, students will be considered members of both the TWU and UNT communities. Students will be instructed to apply to a pre-selected “home institution” when formally invited to submit an application through ApplyTexas. Students will be awarded a joint degree from both institutions.

Program Details

The joint M.S.W. program boasts an academically rigorous curriculum designed to prepare students for advanced social work careers. An exciting array of electives and field placement experiences helps students explore their diverse professional interests.

Program eligibility

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university/college
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of bachelor’s level coursework
  • No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required
  • International applicants: must meet English language proficiency examination requirements for TWU and UNT

Generalist program

Students with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than social work are eligible for the two-year Generalist program, which has the following characteristics:

  • The Generalist Year (Year I) focuses on the foundational knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice.
  • The Specialist Year (Year II) provides a concentration in advanced generalist social work practice.
  • Practicums allow students to apply theory and skills in community and state agencies under the supervision of practicing social workers.

Advanced Standing program

Students with a bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited program may be eligible for the one-year Advanced Standing program, which has the following characteristics:

  • The Specialist Year (Year I) provides a concentration in advanced generalist social work practice.
  • Practicums allow students to apply theory and skills in community and state agencies under the supervision of practicing social workers.

Both the Generalist and Specialist years may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. The joint M.S.W. offers a specialization in Advanced Generalist Practice in order to meet the needs of students as well as the greater community. Advanced Generalist Practice refers to the practice of a master social worker who possesses advanced competencies in multilevel, multimethod approaches, and is equipped to work in complex environments that may require specialized skill sets. It is the fastest growing area of concentration for M.S.W. programs in the nation.

Admission Requirements

Complete the program application

Applicants must complete and submit a TWU-UNT joint M.S.W. program application for admission to the Generalist or Advanced Standing program before the application priority date. You can learn more about priority dates as well as download the free program application and letter of recommendation form here. The forms must be downloaded and completed digitally using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader and then submitted via email to:

Required materials for the program application:

  • Recent résumé reflecting your education and your volunteer and professional experience
  • Personal statement addressing all required components
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or professionals who are familiar with your work
  • Additional letter of recommendation from M.S.W. program director or chair if you are currently enrolled in another program
  • All unofficial transcripts (all official transcripts will be required if invited to complete the ApplyTexas application)
  • Up to 12 graduate-level transfer credits, if approved
  • Interview, if requested by program personnel

Submit program application and ALL required materials to: There is no fee to submit the program application.

Complete the ApplyTexas application

Joint program faculty will review program applications holistically. If candidates meet the requirements, they will be sent information about how to complete a formal application for university admission through ApplyTexas.

There is a fee to submit applications through ApplyTexas.

Candidates will submit their application for the home institution they are assigned. If they are formally accepted to the joint M.S.W. program and meet university requirements for admission, they will be admitted through their assigned home institution. They will be granted full access to the resources and services provided at both institutions.

Financial assistance

As a graduate student, you may be eligible for loans and grants by filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through your home institution. Graduate assistantships also may be available through the joint M.S.W. program or your home institution’s graduate school. Regardless of home institution, all joint M.S.W. students will pay approximately the same amount for tuition and fees. Out-of-state and international students who receive half-time assistantships may become eligible to pay in-state tuition rates.

Financial assistance also may be provided through scholarships and first-year fellowships. Information about these financial assistance opportunities is available through program personnel or the financial aid office of your home institution.

Learn more about funding your graduate education: