Social Work


Our Program

The CSWE accredited TCU Master of Social Work (MSW) Program began admitting students in the Fall 2013. Our program is focused on preparing Advanced Generalist practitioners to:

  1. Practice with an emphasis on human rights and social justice;
  2. Contribute to the social work profession through leadership, administration, and supervision;
  3. Competently address human needs, both locally and globally.

Our Mission

To prepare ethical and competent advanced social work practitioners who promote human rights and economic and social justice with diverse clients in the global community.

Our History

The Department of Social Work at TCU began as a part of the Department of Sociology in 1975, supported by Title XX of the Social Security Act. In 1978, the BSW Program achieved full accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CWSE) and has been reaccredited every 8 year cycle in 1983, 1991, 1999, 2007, and 2015. The MSW Program achieved full accreditation from CSWE in 2015.

Our Goals

The MSW program offers an advanced generalist concentration that will provide you the knowledge and skills needed for effective and autonomous practice with systems of all types and sizes. MSW graduates will demonstrate increased skill and leadership in assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating across multiple system levels, including practice with individuals, groups, communities and societies.

Our graduates will address complex and changing practice environments in settings from clinical work with individuals and families to macro practice in national policy analysis. We will prepare MSW practitioners for direct and indirect interventions that are client-centered, problem-focused, and research-based. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to choose electives in the specialization areas of health/mental health or children and families.

Our Curriculum

Our faculty created a curriculum recognizing the diverse interests of students pursuing a career in social work. The advanced standing and traditional programs are only offered on a full-time basis only. Our foundation-year curriculum, with its emphasis on generalist knowledge, values, and skills of social work practice, prepares you for advanced study. Our concentration-year curriculum coursework, which allows you to select electives in your area of interest, will help you develop strategies to meet the needs of diverse clients and communities. Students enter the program in the Fall semester only.