University of Texas-Arlington Online Master of Social Work, Texas

Why University of Texas – Arlington?

The online Master of Social Work offered by University of Texas – Arlington offers a comprehensive program for students wishing to pursue an education in Social Work. UT-Arlington,  a large public research university in Arlington, Texas, does not require applicants to have completed a baccalaureate degree in any particular field of study.

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

Program Snapshot

University Name University of Texas – Arlington
Location Arlington
State Texas Grade B
Name of Degree Master of Social Work
School or Department Administering Program School of Social Work
Credits 61
Cost per credit  $574 (approx.)
Tuition for entire program $35,000 (approx)
Test Requirements GRE required if GPA for last 60 credits is under 3.0
Minimum GPA 3.00
Prerequisite Courses and Skills none
Campus Visit Required? No Visit Required
Typical Time to Complete 3 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations 1) Community & Administrative Practice, 2) Direct Practice in Aging, 3) Direct Practice in Mental Health & Substance Misuse, and 4) Direct Practice with Children & Families
Synchronous Classes No
Required Courses
  • Human Behavior
  • Generalist Micro Practice
  • Generalist Macro Practice
  • Selected Topics in Social Welfare
  • Foundation Field Experience
  • Advanced Field Experience
Does the Program Include a Capstone? No
Does the Program Include a Practicum or Internship? Yes
Other Features that Make the Program Unique School strengths in Child Welfare and Addiction and Recovery studies;  research project on Wind Therapy through motorcycling for veterans to manage stress
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior; Engage diversity and difference in practice; Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice; Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice; engage in policy practice; Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
Program Description This 61-credit program offers four concentrations to prepare students for a career in social work. No capstone is required but all students are required to complete a practicum. No visit to campus is required. The program is comprehensive with a particular focus in child welfare and addiction and recovery studies. 

What will I Learn?

As with all social work Master’s programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the University of Texas at Arlington program aims to educate students who act as ethical professionals motivated by an understanding of social, economic and environmental justice. The emphasis throughout the program is on research-based practice methods that engage society at all levels: individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. Assessment and evaluation are a cornerstone of the approach.

Required courses are as follows: Human Behavior; Generalist Micro Practice; Generalist Macro Practice; Selected Topics in Social Welfare; Foundation Field Experience; Advanced Field Experience. The school has particular strengths in Child Welfare and Addiction and Recovery studies. Faculty are engaged in a  research project on Wind Therapy through motorcycling for veterans to manage stress, among other interesting research projects.

Students can choose to specialize in one of four concentrations: Community & Administrative Practice, Direct Practice in Aging, Direct Practice in Mental Health & Substance Misuse, and Direct Practice with Children & Families.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 3 years and pay approximately $574  per credit for a total of 61 credits, or $approximately $35,000 in total.

How does the program fit into my life?

The Online Master of Social Work program at the University of Taxas-Arlington offers two different pathways for online students. All students take the foundation year curriculum over a 12-month period, and then students can choose whether to complete their advanced coursework on either a 12-month or a 16-month schedule. Those following the 16-month schedule follow a less accelerated timeline offering greater balance between school and other activities. All classes are asynchronous, meaning that students complete each week’s requirements on their own schedule.  Students can enter the program in Fall, Spring or Summer. No visit to the UT-Arlington campus is required.


The University of Texas at Arlington Master of Social Work program offers students the opportunity to learn from engaged faculty within a flexible asynchronous course modality. Students choosing the accelerated program will be busy during their studies, but will be ready for professional practice, and professional earnings, at a faster pace. The program offers four highly relevant subject concentrations within a program emphasizing Child Welfare and Addiction and Recovery studies. The program is mid-range in terms of cost.