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University of Arkansas – Little Rock Online Master of Social Work, Arkansas

Why University of Arkansas, Little Rock?

The online  Master of Social Work program at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock recruits applicants interested in pursuing a career in social work. University of Arkansas, Little Rock,  a large public research university in Little Rock, Arkansas accepts applicants with an undergraduate degree in any subject.  Applicants must demonstrate undergraduate coursework in the liberal arts. This program is only available to Arkansas residents.

Standardized test scores are not required, and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00  is expected.  

Program Snapshot

University Name University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Location Little Rock
State Arkansas
Niche.com Grade B-
Name of Degree Master of Social Work
School or Department Administering Program School of Social Work
Credits 60
Cost per credit $1,192.00
Tuition for Entire Program $71,520
Test Requirements GRE Required
Minimum GPA 3.00
Prerequisite Courses and Skills liberal arts perspective
Campus Visit Required? No Visit Required
Typical Time to Complete 3 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring
Program Concentrations none
Synchronous Classes No
Required Courses
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
  • Social Welfare Policies and Services
  • Foundations of Social Work Practice I, II and III
  • Social Work Research Methods
  • Diversity and Oppression
  • Assessment and Differential Diagnosis
  • Advanced Directed Practice I, II and III
  • Statistics for Social Work
Does the Program Include a Capstone? No
Does the Program Include a Practicum or Internship? Yes
Other Features that Make the Program Unique only available to Arkansas residents;  In addition to being the longest-running program in Arkansas, the School of Social Work graduates more social work students than any other social work program in Arkansas and is one of the fastest-growing programs on the UA Little Rock campus. In addition, we are the only university in Arkansas to offer both a bachelor’s and a master’s program in online and face-to-face formats; expertise in gerontology and human services
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) prepare graduates for leadership roles in clinical practice and in management and community practice within the social welfare system in Arkansas.
Program Description This 60-credit program is only available to residents of Arkansas. Students are prepared for advanced generalist practice, with faculty expertise in gerontology and human services. A capstone is not required but all students must complete a practicum. 

What will I Learn?

This program prepare graduates for leadership roles in clinical practice and in management and community practice within the social welfare system in Arkansas. As with all programs that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the Master of Social Work program at Rutgers focuses on teaching students professional ethics and foundations.  Students learn to engage with issues of diversity and difference, and to understand the role of human rights and social justice in social work theory and practice. All coursework is guided by a basis in evidence and research, and students learn to assess and evaluate their own practice, and to be active in policymaking.

Students learn to understand their clients in Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Diversity and Oppression, and Social Welfare Policies and Services. Students learn key professional skills in  Foundations of Social Work Practice I, II and III, and Assessment and Differential Diagnosis. Statistics for Social Work is also required. The required practicum experience is accompanied by Advanced Directed Practice I, II and III. All other courses are electives.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within  and pay $1,192.00 per credit for a total of 60 credits, or $71,520 in total.

How does the program fit into my life?

All classes are asynchronous , meaning that students complete coursework on their own schedule each week, including watching pre-recorded lectures and participating in online discussion. No campus visit is required. Students can enter the program in Fall or Spring.

Summary

Only available to Arkansas residents, this online Master of Social Work program offers flexible class schedules and faculty expertise in gerontology and human services. The program is growing quickly and students will build a community of peers and instructors. In terms of cost, the program is at the higher end of the range of comparable programs.  Some applicants will be attracted by the opportunity to take more elective credits than in some other programs.