MSW Program Options

MSW Program Offerings


Regular/Non-Cohort Matriculation

  • Advanced Coursework and Foundation Coursework students
  • Program length depends on student & course availability
  • Fall, Spring and Summer start
  • Take online & face-to-face classes in Arlington
  • 16-week long classes
  • Take classes full-time or part-time at your own pace and when they are offered per the degree plan
    *Requires Academics Advisor approval to verify availability

12-Month Online Cohort

  • Advanced Coursework students only — 12 months
  • Fall and Spring starts (Aging and CAP Cohorts start only in Fall semester)
  • All classes online
  • 8-week, 11-week or 16-week long classes depending on degree plan


16-Month Online Cohort

  • Advanced Coursework students only - 16 months
  • Fall start only
  • All classes online
  • 16-week long classes
  • Children and Families cohort students receive Administrative Certificate


12-Month Arlington Campus Cohort

  • Advanced Coursework students only - 12 months
  • Fall start only
  • Face-to-face classes at Arlington campus
  • 16-week long classes on Monday & Wednesday evenings


14-Month or 24-Month Fort Worth Campus Cohort

  • Advanced Coursework & Foundation Coursework students
  • Advanced Coursework - 14 months (Summer Start only)
    Foundation Coursework - 24 months (Fall Start only)
  • Take face-to-face classes at U T A Forth Worth & 3 to 4 online classes
  • 5-week, 8-week, 11-week, and 16-week long classes on Wednesday & Thursday evenings
  • Student receive Administrative Certificate

Traditional Students must complete the Foundation Coursework First

  • Fall start foundation cohorts (face-to-face, Monday & Wednesday evenings) or online - 12 months
  • Spring start foundation cohorts online only - 12 months
  • Start Fall, Spring or Summer Regular/Non-Cohort face-to-face or online 

What is a cohort?

A cohort is a group of students that start together at the same time, complete a sequence of prescribed courses each semester, and graduate the program together. The purpose, broadly speaking, of cohort groups is to encourage a more dynamic, collaborative, and supportive learning environment to carry students through their program. Students in cohorts receive priority placement with course offerings. If there are not enough students registered for a particular cohort, students may be asked to...

What is Advanced Standing?

Advanced Standing is a designation for students who earned a BSW degree from a CSWE accredited institution within the past six years and before the start of their MSW Advanced Coursework matriculation. The student must also have met the 3.0 GPA quick admissions standard and earned a B or better in all social work undergraduate required courses.

What is Traditional?

Traditional is a designation for students who earned a bachelor’s degree in another discipline/field/major or BSW graduate who does not meet the Advanced Standing criteria for whatever reason. Traditional students must complete both the Foundation and Advanced Coursework, which consist of 61 credit hours and includes two field internship placements. About 50% of our MSW students are traditional (non-BSW graduates) students.

What is the Foundation Coursework and Advanced Coursework?

Foundation Coursework is the first year of the MSW program. Traditional students must first complete the Foundation Coursework which consists of 23 credit hours including a field internship placement and then traditional students complete the Advanced Coursework of 35 credit hours including a field internship placement. The Foundation Coursework is waived for Advanced Standing students. Advanced Standing students will begin their matriculation in the Advanced Coursework which for them consists...

Traditional students who complete the foundation coursework requirements can with the approval of their Academic Advisor start in an Advanced Coursework or matriculate as a regular/non-cohort student. These traditional students will take one less course than the Advanced Standing students in these same cohorts. For example: A traditional student interested in the Aging or CAP specialty who completes their foundation coursework by the end of the summer, can start with the 12-Month Online Aging or CAP cohort (or any semester start cohorts) in the fall semester pending their Academic Advisor approval.