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What will I learn?

As the new academic year begins, the UA Little Rock School of Social Work affirms its commitment to all students, staff, and faculty. As social workers, we recognize the harm that bigotry, oppression, racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia and heterosexism, classism, ablest, and religious oppression cause on our beautiful campus and in our communities, cities, and country. Social work has a long history of challenging injustice and pursuing social change, and our faculty remains committed to challenging oppression and discrimination against all people. We will continue to play a leadership role by drawing on our core values of social justice and respect for the dignity and worth of all people. We will continue to work tirelessly to create inclusive environments where all students, staff, and faculty feel safe and valued. If anyone needs to talk, please do not hesitate to reach out to any one of our faculty. You can find our contact information and more about us in the links on the left.

Social work is a growing, dynamic profession that offers many challenges and many rewards. The School of Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is committed to the development of students seeking exciting careers as professional social workers. Faculty delivers social work education in a style that challenges students to think differently about problems and develop innovative interventions. Across Arkansas, over 3,000 social work professionals serve their communities and neighbors in need of assistance through public and private agencies and organizations.

The mission of the graduate program of the UALR School of Social Work, building on a strong generalist foundation, is to prepare graduates for leadership roles in clinical practice and in management and community practice within the social welfare system in Arkansas. Our commitment is to discover and disseminate knowledge, embrace diversity, to serve our communities and organizations, and to eliminate the barriers that oppressed and vulnerable people face.

MSW Curriculum

The MSW curriculum consists of 60 hours of graduate work, including 32 core hours, 22 concentration hours, and six elective hours. Field instruction is an integral part of the curriculum design, totaling 18 hours of course work or 1200 practice hours by graduation (1056 hours for advanced standing students). Advanced standing students are given credit for 17 hours of graduate work and need 43 hours to graduate.

Which department am I in?

College of Education and Health Professions

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
USD $725 per credit hour
Start date

Expected August 2023

Venue

College of Education and Health Professions

2801 S University Avenue,

LITTLE ROCK,

Arkansas,

72204, United States

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
USD $725 per credit hour
Start date

Expected May 2023

Venue

College of Education and Health Professions

2801 S University Avenue,

LITTLE ROCK,

Arkansas,

72204, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with substantially the same undergraduate program as at UALR (typically at least 120 hours or the equivalent of a 4-year baccalaureate degree). They are required to have 2.75 cumulative GPA; most programs will also require a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate hours (including post-baccalaureate hours); and have TOEFL score of 525 on paper-based.

For international students

The MSW program requires that all students entering the program have earned a bachelor’s degree (no exceptions) with a liberal arts perspective from an accredited college or university. An overall GPA of 3.0 is required.

All international students must provide an official score on either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS).

On the TOEFL, applicants must achieve a score of 525 on the paper-based test, 197 on the computer-based version, or 71 on the Internet-based version.

On the IELTS, all applicants must make at least a 6.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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