What will I learn?

The Master of Social Work is a program with a specialized practice in advanced generalist practice with systems impacted by rural lifestyles and contexts. The M.S.W. includes preparation for services provision for a wide range of problems and systems, such as rural poverty, community development, social and economic justice, family violence, health and mental health, and other fields.

The M.S.W. is designed to prepare graduates for entry into the social work profession at the advanced level. The M.S.W. will provide the basis for the development of autonomous practice skills for leadership roles in rural communities.

Non-Advanced Standing

Students admitted to the non-advanced standing track will complete a 64-credit hour program. The non-advanced standing track is designed to be completed in two years of full-time or three years of part-time academic study.

Advanced Standing

A limited number of students may be admitted to the advanced standing program. The advanced standing track consists of 35 credit hours that are completed in a minimum of 10 months of full-time study (one summer session and two semesters) or two years of part-time study.

The M.S.W. program curriculum consists of generalist practice and specialized practice-level content. The first full-time year of the program is generalist practice and emphasizes a problem-solving method in the helping relationship. The first year provides the social work professional generalist practice similar to that provided in a B.S.W. program and serves as a base upon which the specialized-level content builds knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive and affective processes.

The M.S.W. program offers one specialized practice, which is completed during the second full-time year of the program. The specialized practice offered is advanced generalist practice with systems impacted by rural lifestyles and contexts. Advanced generalist skills are applied to practice within the rural context and with people having rural lifestyles.

Generalist practice courses include content in the following areas: human behavior and the social environment, social work policy and services, social work research, generalist social work practice, social work values and ethics, rurality, and agency-based field instruction.

Specialized practice (advanced generalist practice) with systems impacted by rural lifestyles and contexts, courses include content in advanced generalist practice methods, policy analysis and evaluation, research, and 500 clock hours of agency-based field instruction.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal and Applied Arts

Study options

Full Time (Non-Advanced Standing: 2 years; Advanced Standing: Minimum of 10 months)

Tuition fees
US$14,562.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

College of Liberal and Applied Arts

1936 North Street,

NACOGDOCHES,

Texas,

75962, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To apply for a master’s degree program at SFA, you must meet one of the following requirements: Be in your final year of undergraduate work; Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Generally, all applicants must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a 2.8 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

For international students

To be considered for clear admission, applicants should present an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and a GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 hours. Applicants who demonstrate outstanding qualifications on other admission criteria may be admitted on a probationary basis with an overall GPA of 2.5 and 2.8 GPA for the last 60 hours.

Non-Advanced Standing

The program does not require an undergraduate degree in social work for admission, but does require that students who are deficient in the liberal arts perspective complete additional coursework in order to prepare them for the generalist practice.

Advanced Standing

To be considered for advanced standing, applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Applicants admitted on probationary status are not eligible for advanced standing.

To receive advanced standing, an applicant must have made a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework and a 2.5 GPA overall. Advanced placement credit will be given for course equivalents in which the applicant has made a grade of either A or B.

You must score at least a 79 on the TOEFL, 6.5 on the IELTS, or 53 on the PTE.

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

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