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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.

As one of the most diverse school or college on campus, our Social Work students represent the best and brightest with a commitment to Social Work, social justice, diversity, equality, and inclusion. 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 SSW offers four main academic programs: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Bachelor of Science in Substance Use and Treatment (BSSUT), Master of Social Work (MSW), and the Ph.D. in Social Work. The BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. In addition, SSW offers three minors: Substance Use Treatment (SUT), Social Welfare & Social Justice (SWSJ), and Diversity Studies minor with a certificate option. SSW also offers four graduate certificates: Administrative Leadership, Policy Leadership, Community Leadership and Organizational Leadership.

In the BSW program students learn the knowledge, skills, and values of the growing Social Work profession and gain both classroom and community-based experiences preparing them for a wide range of entry level generalist practice social work and social work service positions.

The BSSUT program offers a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the biological, psychological, and social aspects of substance use disorders and related behaviors. Students learn how to treat individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Both the BSW and BSSUT programs offer in-person and fully online options.

In the MSW program students prepare for advanced level and supervisory positions in micro, mezzo, and macro practice. Students learn evidence-based assessment, diagnosis and intervention with children, adults, and families. Students can choose an advanced specialty in direct clinical practice or macro administrative practice, leadership, and advocacy. The five MSW advanced specialties are Mental Health & Substance Misuse, Children & Families, Health, Aging or Community & Administrative Practice.

The MSW program is offered in-person and fully online with traditional and cohort programs.

In the Ph.D. program students learn the application of research methods and procedures to issues of importance to Social Work and social welfare. Our doctoral program is designed to produce high-ranking scholars who will make significant contributions to the knowledge base of the profession in Social Work academia.

The SSW 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.



Dean Scott Ryan 

Dr. Scott D. Ryan, MSW, MBA, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
School of Social Work
The University of Texas at Arlington
Dean’s Bio 


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