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Master of Social Work Program


MSW Program Student Manual

Welcome from the Director

On behalf of the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work Master of Social Work (MSW) Program, I am pleased to welcome you to graduate school! Our School of Social Work and MSW graduate professional program is recognized as one of the preeminent graduate schools nationally. The School offers students an intellectually vibrant environment that consists of an enthusiastic faculty, an array of courses, and a flexible curriculum structure. Our faculty is comprised of nationally and internationally renowned scholars and researchers in the areas of Aging, Children and Families, Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and Community and Administrative practice. While they are considered influential in their fields of study, they are also incredible educators. Whether in the classroom or in one of our several active clinical or research centers, you will find that the faculty is steadfast in contributing to the growth of your development as a learner and social work practitioner.

Our MSW program offers numerous program and course offerings. Students can expect to find a course selection that spans well beyond the required courses. Our course selection encompasses the breadth and scope of knowledge you will need to help you build your skill set as a competent social worker. Our curriculum offers incredible flexibility. Whether you are a full- or part-time student, you will find our curriculum structure is organized with you in mind. Our courses are scheduled so that they can be taken during the day or evening. We offer an array of courses in traditional classroom settings as well as online and incorporate innovative educational technological tools to enhance our students’ learning experiences. In addition, we have a fully online cohort program for Texas residents and a Fort Worth Center cohort program with accelerated course offerings.

We offer courses in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. As available, we may also offer a select number of courses during what is known as a winter or summer intersession, which allows students the opportunity to complete courses in a condensed timeframe. We offer several dual degree programs at UT Arlington, including Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology, City and Regional Planning, Urban Affairs and Policy, Public Administration, and Business Administration. Finally, for students interested in Public Health, we offer a Graduate Certificate in Public Health in partnership with the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at UTA.

In sum, you will find our School to be a student-centered, engaging, and exciting place to learn and grow professionally. We have a committed faculty and staffs that are here to assist you as you embark on an invigorating and rewarding career in Social Work. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to begin your professional life as an MSW-prepared professional, equipped with the knowledge and skills you will need to make a positive difference in the lives of clients with whom you work.

On behalf of our faculty and staff, I welcome you to the MSW Program.

Go Mavericks!

Dr. Diane Mitschke

Diane B. Mitschke, PhD
Director of Graduate Programs
Associate Professor


About the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)



The MSW Program

  • Council on Social Work Education
  • MSW Program Mission
  • General Program Requirements and Policies
  • Course Load
  • Transfer Policy
  • MSW Admissions
  • Policies related to Admissions
  • MSW Program Options
  • Policies related to program options
    • Cohort-specific policies
    • Changing degree plans
    • Availability of classes
    • Graduation timeline
    • Residency requirement
  • Academic Advising
  • Field Education
  • Course-Specific Field Education Information
  • Dual Degree Programs

School of Social Work Additional Student Policies

  • Professional Standards
  • Non-Discrimination
  • Attendance
  • Student Rights
  • Student Files
  • Student Membership on Committees
  • MyMav Student Information System

University-Level Information

  • MyMav
  • Adding and Dropping Courses
  • Petitions for Exceptions
  • Academic Probation
  • Graduate Enrollment Policy
  • Readmission
  • Graduate Grading Policies
  • Graduation Requirements

This  handbook is a general information publication only. It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to students. The provision of the handbook does not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, between any applicant, student or faculty member and the University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas System, or the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work. The University reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, change fees, rules, calendars, curriculum, degree programs, degree requirements, graduation procedures and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.

Students are held individually responsible for complying with all requirements of the rules and regulations of the University and the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System. Failure to read and comply with policies, regulations, and procedures will not exempt students from whatever penalties they may incur.