We currently admit approximately 20-25 graduates students each year.
Students apply to the our graduate program through our online application. The application for fall 2017 will open on October 1, 2016. There is an application fee of $60 paid directly to TCU. In addition to the online application, which includes essay prompts, we will require the following:
We require a minimum of 3.0 to qualify for our Advanced Standing program. Students who have a BSW degree from a CSWE accredited program but do not have a 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework must apply for the Traditional program. Any student applying for the Traditional program that does not have a 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework MUST complete the Petition for Academic Exception. Petitions must be uploaded along with all other application documents.
TCU offers the MSW with an Advanced Generalist concentration. We offer traditional (2-year, 60 hour) and advanced standing (2- semester [Fall and Spring], 30 hour) options. A dual degree with the Brite Divinity School is also available. There is a Women and Gender Studies Certificate option available for 2-year MSW students. The Advanced Standing and Traditional Programs offer full-time courses of study only.
Advanced Generalist social workers possess the knowledge and skills needed for effective and autonomous practice with systems of all types and sizes. Unlike some other programs, our graduates will not choose concentrations in direct practice or community/administrative practice. Students will have the ability to practice across complex environments ranging from individual and family interventions, group and community work, and larger policy evaluations. Students will have the opportunity to focus on their specific area/population of interest through their field placement and our offering of elective courses.
Beyond the advanced generalist concentration, the TCU MSW program offers two specializations: (1) Children and Families and (2) Health and Mental Health. Students can choose a specialization following successful completion of the foundation year in the program, or upon admission to the program for advanced standing students. Specializations will be incorporated into the student’s area of study through additional focused electives on the specific topic and through their field placement. Field placement will allow the student to not only practice in this area of study, but to create a final research project in this area of specialization.
We accept applications into our MSW Program throughout the year. Our students go through the program in cohorts that begin August of each year. The deadline for admission into our next cohort is April 3, 2017. We also offer an early admission decision if your application is received by February 13, 2017. Students admitted into Advanced Standing must have a BSW degree from a CSWE accredited program and meet the other admission requirements discussed below.
The GRE is NOT required for admission or financial aid. All students complete a research project during the concentration year of the program, therefore no thesis or comprehensive exam is required.
Yes. The Department of Social Work is able to offer financial assistance to our students. This aid is available in the form of tuition remission. Graduate assistantships are also available. Additional financial aid and scholarships help many students defray the cost of courses. To learn more go to http://www.financialaid.tcu.edu/.
No. Our curriculum is residential, where all coursework is offered on site.
All students admitted to the MSW program must meet the requirements of TCU, Harris College, and the Department of Social Work. Only a limited number of qualified students will be admitted from the pool of applicants.
MSW admissions requirements for traditional program students:
Petition for Academic Exception:
MUST be completed by applicants whose Undergraduate GPA is below 3.0.
An applicant who believes that his or her individual circumstances warrant consideration for a waiver of the minimum university admissions requirement of an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 must petition the MSW admissions committee.
The request should be a one page statement entitled “Petition for Academic Exception”. The petition should include a statement indicating how not meeting the minimum admissions requirement of a 3.0 GPA should be waived, as it does not adequately represent the applicant’s capabilities. The applicant should briefly discuss how he or she has demonstrated a capacity for successful achievement in a rigorous graduate program. For example, an applicant might provide evidence of:
The applicant should also discuss if granted admission to the program, how he or she plans to address obstacles to successfully complete the program (for example, if a low grade point average was viewed as the result of a “needing to work full time during my undergraduate studies” the applicant should discuss why that is not likely to be a factor during his or her graduate study).
Petitions must be uploaded along with all other application documents.
MSW admissions requirements for Advanced Standing students:
Required qualifications for admission:
Based on our strong relationships in the north Texas community and the excellent reputation of the TCU Department of Social Work, our graduates will stand out in the job market. As advanced generalists, graduates can pursue careers in a variety of settings, including either direct practice or administration in child welfare, aging, medical social work, mental health practice, policy formation and school social work, just to name a few. Ideally, each student’s final field placement will be selected based on a field of practice they would like to enter after completing the MSW program. The final field placement is selected with careful consideration, including input from the Director of Field Education and the student.
Our graduate program is full-time and intensive. We encourage students to use their time in graduate school to focus on academics and their social work field experience.