Welcome from the Dean

Scott Ryan
Dean Scott D. Ryan

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the UT Arlington School of Social Work.
Our faculty is nationally and internationally recognized as leading scholars in many areas of social work and social welfare and as master teachers in social work education. Students in all of the School’s programs have an opportunity to take a variety of courses from instructors committed to social work education and the advancement of the social work profession.

The School offers three main academic programs: the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), the Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW), and the Ph.D. in social work. The BSW and MSSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. In the BSW program students learn the knowledge, skills, and values of the social work profession and gain both classroom and community-based experiences that prepare them for a wide range of entry level, generalist practice, social work jobs. In the MSSW program students learn the same professional foundation taught in the BSW program with the addition of an advanced specialization in either direct clinical practice or in community and administrative practice. In the Ph.D. program students learn the application of research methods and procedures to issues of importance to the social work profession and the social welfare institution. All three programs offer challenging courses and internship experiences designed to teach practice knowledge and skills while instilling the value orientations of the profession.

The School of Social Work is committed to life-long learning and seeks to provide a learning atmosphere that supports reflection, personal development, and professional growth. Faculty are practitioner scholars dedicated to good teaching while maintaining a high level of academic and professional involvement including research, professional development activities, practice, and consultation. Many of our faculty serve on agency boards or are otherwise involved with local, state, or national agencies, and professional associations.

I encourage you to learn more about our School by browsing this web site. Your comments and questions are welcomed, and we hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,
Scott D. Ryan, MSW, MBA, Ph.D.
Dean & Jenkins Garrett Professor