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School of Social Work graduate program rises from 10th position to 3rd in new ranking

School of Social Work Ranking
School of Social Work Ranking

ARLINGTON, Texas – The University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Social Work moved up seven spaces from 10th in 2015 to now third in the nation according to a graduateprograms.com ranking announced in July 2016.

The ranking is based on current and former student reviews and feedback. According to the organization’s website, the National Center for Education Statistics gathered the data used to calculate the rankings from “tens of thousands of student reviews” in 2015 and 2016.

This list includes the top 50 social work schools and colleges in the United States. UTA was the highest ranked school of social work in Texas.

“We are truly committed to valuing the talents of the individual student while remaining invested in the collective success of all our students,” said Scott Ryan, dean of the School of Social Work. “Our increase in rankings from 10th position last year to third this year reflects the faculty’s commitment to a strong student-centered approach to learning.”

As one of the largest schools of social work with more than 1,600 students, the Master of Social Work Program offers one of the most diverse programs of study in the nation. The program offers students the options of two professional concentrations and four specialty areas. Students can choose to focus on macro-social work and study community and administrative practice or micro-social work and specialize in four major areas: aging, children and family, health or mental health and substance abuse.

“We are one of the largest schools of social work, but we pride ourselves with working closely with the individual student,” said Debra Woody, associate dean for academic affairs. “Our outstanding faculty and staff work tirelessly and we continue to make improvements to the program.”

In 2012, the school began offering the MSW program online for part-time students. Today, the school offers the MSW program and the BSW program fully online for both part-time and full-time students.  Last year the online MSW program was ranked 12th in the nation by SocialWorkDegreeGuide.com

In addition to offering classes at the Arlington campus, MSW students, as part of a cohort, can take classes at the UTA Fort Worth Center, Angelo State University and Lubbock Christian University. Beginning in spring 2017, the MSW program will offer cohort classes in Dallas, on the campus of UT Southwestern Medical Center where the UTA School of Social Work’s Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies is located. This new cohort program will give MSW social work students in the city of Dallas the opportunity to specialize in mental health and substance abuse. With a quick admissions process and an advanced standing program, a full-time student, who has an undergraduate degree in social work, could complete the MSW program in one year.

“We offer one of the most diverse programs of study in the country for social workers,” said Diane Mitschke, MSW program director. “Students have so many options of study here, but more importantly and at a time when the demand for social workers is increasing, we offer a top quality program rich in faculty diversity, research and experience.”    

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12 percent growth for social work jobs from 2014 to 2024. The bureau reports the social work career field will grow faster than in other profession during this same timeframe. 

According to the National Association of Social Workers, professional social workers are the nation’s largest provider of mental health services. According to NASW’s review from government sources, 60 percent of mental health providers are clinically trained social workers. The need for social workers is not only growing in the mental health field, but aging, substance abuse and hospital health settings are all experiencing phenomenal growth.

The MSW program, not only admits BSW graduates, but also undergraduates from a variety of majors, such as psychology, sociology, history, pre-law, nursing, education, criminal justice, communication, kinesiology and interdisciplinary studies.

“This is an exciting time for the social work career field,” said Mitschke. “We see the need and we will continue to grow the size of our program, particularly in the areas of mental health, military, veterans, substance abuse and aging curriculums.”

According to NASW website, 37 percent of social workers work in the specialty area of mental health. About 13 percent of social workers work in healthcare and hospital settings and another 13 percent work in family and children services, followed by 9 percent working in the aging specialty.

Also, the UTA School of Social Work has a robust and highly rated Ph.D. program with national and international students. Established in 1983 the Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in social work research, policy and teaching.

The UTA School of Social Work continues to accept applications for the fall 2016 semester for its BSW and MSW programs. The school, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year was first accredited in 1970 and was re-accredited this year, for another eight years, by the Council on Social Work Education.

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