Welcome and Thank you for your interest in the UTA School of Social Work

The UTA School of Social Work (SSW) is a nationally recognized leader in Social Work education. For more than 50 years, we’ve been dedicated to educating and developing leaders and scholars committed to social justice. We have more than 12,000 alumni making a difference every day with many leading government agencies and organizations, as well as creating and leading non-profits, working in the military, in private practice and serving as deans, professors and directors in Social Work programs worldwide.

Our Social Work students represent the best and brightest with a commitment to social work principles. As a top-research university, we have award-winning Social Work faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized as leading research scholars and evidenced-based clinical practitioners in many areas of Social Work and social welfare. Students can take a variety of courses from professors committed to education, social justice, social welfare, research, scholarship, advocacy, and the advancement of the Social Work profession integrated throughout the curriculum.

The School Social Work is committed to life-long learning and provides an atmosphere supporting reflection, personal development, and professional growth. Faculty are practitioner scholars dedicated to teaching excellence 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.

We are proud of our history, and we look forward to you joining us as we continue our commitment to social justice and furthering our success in developing partnerships for a just society. I encourage you to learn more about the UTA School of Social Work by browsing this website. Your comments and questions are welcomed, and we hope to hear from you soon.



Kirk A. Foster 

Kirk A. Foster, PhD, MSW, MDiv
Dean and Professor
School of Social Work
The University of Texas at Arlington
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