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Texas Social Work Programs and Degrees Guide

It can be a daunting task to choose a social work program given the number of social work schools in Texas. This guide to social work schools in Texas provides the information you need to help you make an informed decision on the right social work program to match your education and career goals. Social work degree programs in Texas often include options for concentrations in such areas as clinical practice, family counseling, and aging services. There are also various online social work programs available, including programs at Texas State University and Our Lady of the Lake University.

Quick Facts

  • 53 schools offering social work programs in Texas are in our database (see below)
  • Of the social work schools in Texas, 16 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 34 offer bachelor’s degrees, and 19 offer a master’s or advanced degree1
  • 3 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 20182
  • 14 schools ranked in US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs in 20183
  • 4 schools ranked in Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs in 20184
  • Across 34 schools, 50 bachelor’s and master’s social work degree programs in Texas are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)5

Top-Ranked Schools with Social Work Programs in Texas

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2018*

  • University of Houston (#89 in-state, #91 out-of-state)
  • University of Texas at Dallas (#41 in-state, #54 out-of-state)
  • University of Texas at Austin (#8 in-state, #29 out-of-state)

*Institution-wide ranking.

US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs 2018

  • University of Texas at Austin (#5 tie)
  • University of Houston (#24 tie)
  • University of Texas at Arlington (#34 tie)
  • Baylor University (#68 tie)
  • University of Texas at San Antonio (#75 tie)
  • Our Lady of the Lake University (#105 tie)
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (#105 tie)
  • Texas A & M University-?Commerce (#105 tie)
  • Texas Christian University (#105 tie)
  • University of Texas at El Paso (#105 tie)
  • Abilene Christian University (#147 tie)
  • Texas State University (#147 tie)
  • University of Texas-?Rio Grande Valley (#174 tie)
  • West Texas A & M University (#220 tie)

Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs 2018

  • Our Lady of the Lake University
  • Texas State University
  • University of Houston
  • University of Texas at Arlington

Schools with Social Work Programs Accredited by the CSWE

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Angelo State University
  • Baylor University
  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • Howard Payne University
  • Jarvis Christian College
  • Lamar University
  • Lubbock Christian University
  • Midwestern State University
  • Our Lady of the Lake University
  • Prairie View A & M University
  • St. Edward’s University
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Tarleton State University
  • Texas A & M University-Central Texas
  • Texas A & M University-Commerce
  • Texas A & M University-Kingsville
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Texas State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Texas Woman’s University
  • University of Houston
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • University of Houston-Downtown
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • University of North Texas
  • University of North Texas / Texas Woman’s University Collaborative
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  • University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
  • West Texas A & M University

Schools in Texas with Social Work Degrees

BSW and Other Undergraduate Programs

Tarleton State University

The Bachelor of Social Work at Tarleton State University prepares students to take the social work licensure examination in the state of Texas and become entry-level social work professionals. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and includes a 450 clock hour internship in a community human service environment. Social policy and a culturally sensitive perspective are emphasized in the program along with evidence-based ethical practice. The coursework within the Department of Social Work also prepares graduates to advocate for marginalized and oppressed groups. The BSW program follows five sequences in liberal arts foundation, pre-professional, social work foundations, social work practice, and fieldwork, exposing students to a variety of perspectives and preparing graduates for generalist practice. Students may join the Student Social Work Association or Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society for further experiential learning opportunities. International travel and study abroad programs are also available to social work degree candidates.

Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work that highlights civic participation and professional practice. Advanced courses in the social work major include Social Work Research and Evaluation, Social Policy and Social Welfare Legislation, and Independent Study in Social Work. All students within the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Texas Tech University complete a 400 clock hour practicum for field experience in the senior year of study. The structured and supervised field experience takes place in an approved social service agency and is designed to integrate the knowledge and skills earned through the program coursework. Students may also elect to join the school’s Social Work Student Organization for extracurricular activities related to human services. Program-specific scholarships are available to qualified students based on academic merit or financial need. The BASW program at Texas Tech is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. A Master of Social Work is also offered at Texas Tech which was launched in May 2014 and is in Pre-Candidacy status for accreditation through the Council on Social Work Education.

University of Texas at Austin

With almost 40,000 undergraduate students, the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest universities in the country. Social work is one of over 170 undergraduate fields of study offered at the university. UT Austin School of Social Work students may enjoy all of the benefits of a large university including sports, clubs, cultural offerings and community activities, while also benefiting from the personal attention available in a smaller social work program. With approximately 300 BSW students, class sizes are usually between 30 to 50. The School of Social Work’s student council holds a variety of academic, social, and service-related activities each year. The University of Texas at Austin’s BSW program requires 125 semester hours to complete, including 30 credit hours of coursework in human behavior, practice, research, and policy as well as 480 clock hours of fieldwork in a social service agency. The city of Austin not only provides great opportunities for fieldwork, but students also enjoy the city for its music, food, and nightlife.

MSW and Other Graduate Programs

Baylor University

Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work offers an MSW program based on ethically integrating faith and social work practice, which prepares students to work in secular as well as faith-based organizations. Prospective students who previously earned a BSW from a school accredited by the CSWE may be eligible for advanced standing, which reduces the amount of time required to complete the MSW curriculum. Advanced standing students and students entering their concentration year may be admitted to the school’s Online MSW Program to complete their studies. All MSW students complete a culminating capstone experience that integrates the program’s themes and objectives. As part of the capstone, each student also receives support leading up to the professional presentation of the student’s capstone practice and research project. The Garland School of Social Work also offers a BSW program as well as a PhD in social work. In 2016 US News & World Report ranked the Garland School of Social Work #53 among social work graduate schools in the US.

Texas State University

Texas State University offers a Master of Social Work program that can be completed either on campus or online. The TSU School of Social Work program uses a liberal arts foundation to provide a curriculum that prepares graduates for professional generalist careers in social work. Two tracks to completion are offered: Foundation or Advanced. The Foundation Track takes 29 credit hours to complete and is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in a field other than social work. Upon completing the Foundation Track students are prepared for the Advanced Track, which allows concentrations in Administrative Leadership or Direct Practice and covers the same learning areas as the Foundation Track at more complex and focused levels. Those who have completed a bachelor’s degree program in social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may enter the Advanced Track directly. The MSW program at Texas State is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

University of Houston

The Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston was established in 1967 and provides multiple pathways for students interested in earning a Master of Social Work through traditional, online, or hybrid study. Students may elect to earn a concentration in either Clinical Practice or Macro Practice. Students may also pursue specializations in Health and Behavioral Health; Social Work Practice with Latinos; Political Social Work; or an Individualized Specialization in the student’s chosen area of study. Field practicum is an integral component of all tracks for the MSW, which students complete through a total of 900 clock hours of field practice in general and advanced placement. Those who have completed a bachelor’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education accredited program may qualify for Advanced Standing, which waives 15 semester credit hours of the MSW program. The University of Houston also offers a PhD program, which may be completed as a stand-alone program or through a dual MSW/PhD degree option.

Texas A&M University

The Texas A&M School of Social Work maintains a highly respected Master of Social Work degree program. Using an advanced generalist model, the curriculum prepares students to work with diverse groups in direct practice as well as to assume responsibility for administrative and supervisory tasks. MSW candidates also learn how to plan, build, and administer social service programs. This degree is offered through full-time, two-year study; part-time, four-year study; or full-time, one-year study for advanced standing students. Foundation courses are taken on the Mesquite campus, while concentration courses may be taken at the Mesquite or Commerce campuses. Field practicum is an essential component across the MSW tracks; all students will complete 900 field hours across the program of study. Social work graduate students may elect to join the Alpha Delta Mu Honor Society for further enrichment.

Accreditation Information for Texas Social Work Schools

School Graduation Rate1 Transfer-Out Rate1 Associate’s SW Program Bachelor’s SW Program Graduate SW Program CSWE Accred.5 US News Best Social Work Grad Schools Ranking3 Net Price*1
Abilene Christian University 62% N/A No Yes Yes Yes #147 tie $23,949
Amarillo College 16% 11% Yes No No No Not Ranked $6,154
Angelo State University 30% N/A No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $12,257
Austin Community College District 8% 30% Yes No No No Not Ranked $7,783
Baylor University 72% N/A No Yes Yes Yes #68 tie $34,900
Central Texas College 8% 9% Yes No No No Not Ranked $5,143
Del Mar College 8% 10% Yes No No No Not Ranked $4,969
Eastfield College 8% 34% Yes No No No Not Ranked $4,989
El Paso Community College 13% 16% No Yes No No Not Ranked $3,479
Hardin-Simmons University 52% N/A No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $18,900
Howard Payne University 45% N/A No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $18,751
Jarvis Christian College 14% 41% No Yes No No Not Ranked $16,631
Lamar University 33% 33% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $13,789
Lee College 24% 32% Yes No No No Not Ranked $9,328
Lubbock Christian University 43% 32% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $20,266
Midwestern State University 45% 27% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $10,172
Northwest Vista College 21% 22% Yes No No No Not Ranked $6,472
Our Lady of the Lake University 38% N/A No Yes Yes Yes #105 tie $18,431
Palo Alto College 16% 15% Yes No No No Not Ranked $5,604
Paris Junior College 23% 23% Yes No No No Not Ranked $6,780
Prairie View A&M University 38% 36% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $8,628
Saint Edward’s University 67% 27% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $21,960
San Antonio College 11% 18% Yes No No No Not Ranked $6,977
South Texas College 18% 24% Yes No No No Not Ranked $1,320
Southwestern Assemblies of God University 41% 32% No Yes No No Not Ranked $23,257
St Mary’s University 63% N/A No Yes No No Not Ranked $17,229
St Philip’s College 10% 11% Yes No No No Not Ranked $6,383
Stephen F Austin State University 44% 41% No Yes Yes Yes #105 tie $13,758
Tarleton State University 45% 35% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $11,926
Texas A&M University-Central Texas N/A N/A No Yes No No Not Ranked N/A
Texas A&M University-College Station 79% 14% No Yes Yes No Not Ranked $11,725
Texas A&M University-Commerce 52% 31% No Yes Yes Yes #105 tie $8,625
Texas A&M University-Kingsville 35% 38% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $12,275
Texas Christian University 75% 18% No Yes Yes Yes #105 tie $31,087
Texas College 12% N/A No Yes No No Not Ranked $14,082
Texas Southern University 16% N/A No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $12,307
Texas State University 55% N/A No Yes Yes Yes #147 tie $11,871
Texas Tech University 59% N/A No Yes Yes Yes Not Ranked $13,901
Texas Woman’s University 44% 37% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $8,596
Tyler Junior College 17% 30% Yes No No No Not Ranked $7,435
University of Houston 48% 20% No No Yes Yes #24 tie $12,618
University of Houston-Clear Lake N/A N/A No Yes No Yes Not Ranked N/A
University of Houston-Downtown 19% 48% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $7,436
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 48% N/A No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $23,307
University of North Texas 50% 30% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $10,827
University of Texas at Arlington 42% 38% No Yes Yes Yes #34 tie $11,622
University of Texas at Austin 81% N/A No Yes Yes Yes #5 tie $16,832
University of Texas at El Paso 38% 31% No Yes Yes Yes #105 tie $5,607
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston N/A N/A No No Yes No Not Ranked N/A
University of Texas at San Antonio 31% 35% No No Yes Yes #75 tie $10,787
University of Texas of the Permian Basin 34% 34% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $8,245
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley N/A N/A No Yes Yes Yes #174 tie N/A
West Texas A & M University 40% 35% No Yes Yes Yes #220 tie $11,754

*The net price is calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics by subtracting the average amount of aid (including grants and scholarships) from the total published cost of attendance for in-state/in-district students, which includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses. To gain a better understanding of how to interpret the statistics discussed in this table, see our list of important definitions.

Directory of Texas Social Work School Programs

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Schools with an asterisk (*) have programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Abilene Christian University*
1600 Campus Ct
Abilene, TX 79699
(325) 674-2000
http://www.acu.edu

Amarillo College
2011 S Washington
Amarillo, TX 79109
(806) 371-5000
http://www.actx.edu

Angelo State University*
2601 W Avenue N
San Angelo, TX 76909
(325) 942-2555
http://www.angelo.edu

Austin Community College
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 223-7000
http://www.austincc.edu

Baylor University*
500 Speight Ave
Waco, TX 76798
(254) 710-1011
https://www.baylor.edu

Student Review: “My experience studying religion and social work at Baylor University was great. The culture and environment of Baylor are very encouraging and provides an abundance of opportunities for students to get involved within the local community. The city in which Baylor is located, Waco, Texas is a highly impoverished area and Baylor uses this as an opportunity to provide students with hands-on experience. Baylor’s professors are very knowledgeable and more than willing to go above and beyond to aid students in their academic journey. Baylor has social service and nonprofit connections across the country and brings in guest speakers to assist in the classroom experience. Many of the courses at Baylor include either internships or hands-on work experiences in the community working with social work programs. As a religion major, I initially wanted to work in youth ministry through a church or religious organization. However, while at Baylor I interned with a local nonprofit organization and found that I enjoyed working with youth in a nonprofit setting rather than in a religious setting. Because of Baylor, I was able to meet people and make connections in nonprofit organizations which led to me finding a job after college.” – Student at Baylor University
stars-5

Central Texas College
6200 West Central Texas Expy
Killeen, TX 76549-4199
(254) 526-7161
http://www.ctcd.edu

Del Mar College
101 Baldwin Blvd
Corpus Christi, TX 78404-3897
(361) 698-1255
http://www.delmar.edu

Eastfield College
3737 Motley Dr
Mesquite, TX 75150-2099
(972) 860-7100
http://www.eastfieldcollege.edu

El Paso Community College
9050 Viscount Blvd
El Paso, TX 79925
(915) 831-2000
http://www.epcc.edu

Hardin-Simmons University*
2200 Hickory
Abilene, TX 79698-0001
(325) 670-1000
http://www.hsutx.edu

Howard Payne University*
1000 Fisk St
Brownwood, TX 76801-2794
(325) 646-2502
http://www.hputx.edu

Jarvis Christian College
PR 7631 Hwy 80 E
Hawkins, TX 75765-1470
(903) 730-4890
http://www.jarvis.edu

Lamar University*
4400 MLK Blvd
Beaumont, TX 77705
(409) 880-7011
http://www.lamar.edu

Lee College
511 S Whiting
Baytown, TX 77520
(281) 427-5611

Lubbock Christian University*
5601 19th St
Lubbock, TX 79407-2099
(806) 796-8800
http://www.lcu.edu

Midwestern State University*
3410 Taft Blvd
Wichita Falls, TX 76308-2099
(940) 397-4000
http://www.mwsu.edu

Northwest Vista College
3535 N Ellison Dr
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4000
http://alamo.edu/nvc/

Our Lady of the Lake University*
411 SW 24th St
San Antonio, TX 78207-4689
(210) 434-6711
http://www.ollusa.edu

Palo Alto College
1400 W Villaret Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78224-2499
(210) 486-3000
http://alamo.edu/pac

Paris Junior College
2400 Clarksville St
Paris, TX 75460
(903) 785-7661
http://www.parisjc.edu

Prairie View A&M University*
FM 1098 Rd & University Dr
Prairie View, TX 77446
(936) 261-3311
http://www.pvamu.edu

St. Edward’s University*
3001 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704-6489
(512) 448-8400
http://www.stedwards.edu

San Antonio College
1300 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, TX 78212-4299
(210) 486-0000
http://www.alamo.edu/sac

South Texas College
3201 W Pecan
McAllen, TX 78502-9701
(956) 872-8311
http://www.southtexascollege.edu

Southwestern Assemblies of God University
1200 Sycamore
Waxahachie, TX 75165
(888) 937-7248
http://www.sagu.edu

St. Mary’s University
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228
(210) 436-3011
http://www.stmarytx.edu

St. Philip’s College
1801 Martin Luther King Dr
San Antonio, TX 78203-2098
(210) 486-2000
http://www.alamo.edu/spc

Stephen F. Austin State University*
2008 Alumni Dr, Rusk 206
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 468-2011
http://www.sfasu.edu

Tarleton State University*
1333 W Washington
Stephenville, TX 76401-0000
(254) 968-9000
http://www.tarleton.edu

Texas A&M University-Central Texas
1001 Leadership Pl
Killeen, TX 76549
(254) 519-5400
http://tamuct.edu

Texas A&M University-College Station
805 Rudder Tower
College Station, TX 77843-1244
(979) 845-3211
http://www.tamu.edu

Student Review: “Texas A&M has a great social work program. I have enjoyed it thoroughly. The professors are always willing to help you. The only reason I rated the program a 4 out of 5 is because class sizes are pretty large. If you are shy or backwards, the large classes may be a problem because everyone has to ask for help sometimes. Overall though, great campus and great program! Love going through a program that is designed for you to succeed. The professors always stay late which is also very helpful. They are there to answer any questions and they actually want to help you succeed.” – Student at Texas A&M University
stars-4

Texas A&M University-Commerce*
2600 South Neal
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
(888) 868-2682
http://www.tamuc.edu

Texas A&M University-Kingsville*
955 University Blvd
Kingsville, TX 78363
(361) 593-2111
http://www.tamuk.edu

Texas Christian University*
2800 S University Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76129
(817) 257-7000
http://www.tcu.edu

Texas College
2404 N Grand Ave
Tyler, TX 75702
(903) 593-8311
http://www.texascollege.edu

Texas Southern University*
3100 Cleburne St
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 313-7011
http://www.tsu.edu

Texas State University*
601 University Dr
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 245-2111
http://www.txstate.edu

Texas Tech University*
Broadway and University Ave
Lubbock, TX 79409-5005
(806) 742-2011
http://www.ttu.edu

Texas Woman’s University*
304 Administration Dr
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 898-2000
https://www.twu.edu

Student Review: “The TWU Social Work program is one of the best in the state. While the ultimate goal is to become a licensed Texas Social Worker, they help you every step along the way. The instructors are always finding one-on-one time to spend with the students and help them understand a difficult concept. One great thing is that students are encouraged to pursue interests of their specific fields through internships, which provide hands-on experience. The instructors are also with you through the internship every step of the way. The student activities are top rate. Healthcare, counseling, and activities are among the many student activities and services included in tuition. Overall, this is an exceptional school for social work majors located in a quaint Texas town with vast amenities.” – Student at Texas Woman’s University
stars-4

Tyler Junior College
1400 E 5th St
Tyler, TX 75701
(903) 510-2200
http://www.tjc.edu

University of Houston*
212 E Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204-2018
(713) 743-1000
http://www.uh.edu

University of Houston-Clear Lake*
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058-1002
(281) 283-7600
http://prtl.uhcl.edu

University of Houston-Downtown*
1 Main St
Houston, TX 77002-1014
(713) 221-8000
http://www.uhd.edu

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor*
900 College St
Belton, TX 76513-2599
(800) 727-8642
http://www.umhb.edu

University of North Texas*
1501 W Chestnut Ave
Denton, TX 76203-1277
(940) 565-2000
http://www.unt.edu

University of Texas at Arlington*
701 S Nedderman Dr
Arlington, TX 76013
(817) 272-2011
http://www.uta.edu

University of Texas at Austin*
110 Inner Campus Dr
Austin, TX 78712
(512) 471-3434
http://www.utexas.edu

Student Review: “The UT School of Social Work was an incredible experience for me and I am so glad that I attended. The faculty were incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. They challenged me to think of things in a new light and to always put the client first! My professors brought in interesting lecturers and kept discussions lively and relevant. My most memorable moments and most valuable learning experiences come from my fieldwork. It prepared me for the work that I am doing today. Although my concentration was not clinical, my coursework prepared me to take and pass the social work exam on my first try. An area of improvement that I would recommend is more coursework for those who are interested in macro social work.” – Student at UT-Austin
stars-4

University of Texas at El Paso*
500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968-0691
(915) 747-5000
http://www.utep.edu

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
7000 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030
http://www.uth.edu

University of Texas at San Antonio*
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644
(713) 500-4472
(210) 458-4011
http://www.utsa.edu

University of Texas of the Permian Basin*
4901 E University
Odessa, TX 79762-0001
(432) 552-2020
http://www.utpb.edu

University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
1201 W University Dr
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
(956) 665-2011
http://www.utrgv.edu/en-us

West Texas A&M University*
2501 4th Ave
Canyon, TX 79016-0001
(806) 651-0000
http://www.wtamu.edu

Schools with an asterisk (*) have programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-private-colleges/index.php?table=all
3. US News & World Report Social Work Best Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/social-work-rankings
4. Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs 2018: /degrees/masters/online/
5. Council on Social Work Education: https://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Directory-of-Accredited-Programs.aspx