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The University of Texas at Arlington
Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
 
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

The School of Social Work

Dean: Scott D. Ryan, Ph.D.

Social Work Complex | Box 19129 | 817.272.3647 | www.uta.edu/ssw/

Special Programs and Opportunities
M.S. in Social Work: Application and Admission Requirements | Admission Criteria | Financial Aid | Degree Requirements | Dual Degree Program
Ph.D. in Social Work: Admission Criteria | Degree Requirements
Curriculum: M.S. | Ph.D.

Mission and Philosophy

The UTA School of Social Work prepares competent, effective social workers and generates and disseminates knowledge focused on promoting social and economic justice for human well-being in a global community.

History and Overview

The School of Social Work was established as the Graduate School of Social Work in 1967 by an act of the Texas Legislature. It became the School of Social Work in 1991 when the University's undergraduate social work program in the College of Liberal Arts merged with the school's graduate program.

More than 4,000 students have earned degrees at the school and many hold key management positions in public agencies and nonprofit organizations nationwide. Currently, the school has a diverse student body of approximately 600 MSSW graduate students and 60 Ph.D. students. Many of these students also hold full- or part-time positions in public agencies and nonprofit organizations.

One distinguishing feature of the school is its location in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, a rich urban laboratory of more than 150 cities with a population over 4.5 million. This complex social arena offers a wide array of opportunities for student projects, field placements and employment. Social work faculty, staff and students work on "real-life" social problems in cooperation with city governments, public agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Accreditation

The Council on Social Work Education has fully accredited the MSSW program. Accreditation is an important consideration for students because many professional social work positions require a degree from a CSWE accredited program. Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience is not given.

Scholastic Activity and Research Interests of the Faculty

School of Social Work faculty engage in research and community-service projects that enhance the effectiveness of the programs of public and nonprofit social-service organizations, that promote social justice and equality, and that extend the body of knowledge about social issues. Research topics span the broad range of social-work issues, including feminist theory, minority rights, child abuse, mental illness, ethics, aging, sexual abuse, community development, lesbian and gay persons, marital and family therapy, family violence, clinical assessment, stalking, constructivism, cognitive-behavioral treatment efficacy, adoption, siblings, foster care, African American fathers, substance abuse, social policy, and evaluations of state and federal child-welfare and community-service programs.

Programs

The School of Social Work currently offers two graduate programs of study: the Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) and the Ph.D. The Ph.D. program offers two options: the Ph.D. in Social Work or a specialty in comparative social policy, in collaboration with La Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, that is taught in Texas and Mexico and requires fluency in English and Spanish. Degrees are awarded from both universities.

The school offers distance education MSSW programs in cooperation with other universities across the state. More than 400 students have graduated from such programs. Courses are also offered via the Internet and telecommunication for local students and those in distance education programs.

The school also offers training, research and service opportunities to faculty and students through its centers and other programs. The Judith Granger Birmingham Center for Child Welfare provides support and graduate training to current and potential child-welfare workers and supports faculty and student research on child-welfare issues. The Community Services Center is an instructional facility that provides a university-community partnership addressing community issues. The partnership enables university students, faculty and neighborhood organizations to work together to tackle complex socioeconomic issues facing the neighborhoods that surround them, such as poverty, domestic violence, homelessness and community revitalization. The purpose of the center is twofold: to provide professional training for graduate students and to provide professional services to the community. Community development interns conduct needs assessments, write grant proposals, design new programs, conduct evaluations, perform research and organize action groups. Community clinic interns provide affordable counseling for children, adolescents and families. Counseling services include individual counseling, marriage counseling, premarital counseling, family therapy, group counseling, anger control therapy, and social skills training. The community clinic also provides graduate interns an opportunity to conduct research programs in the area of counseling. The Center for Research, Evaluation and Technology involves students and faculty in program evaluations for local social service agencies and in the development of new and innovative ways to support human services practice. The Professional Development Program provides continuing education seminars for social work practitioners and other human services professionals. The seminars provide the continuing education units necessary for license renewals.

The school hosts another program, the Guest Lecture Series which features professors, researchers, clinicians and national program directors, all experts in their fields. The series serves as an educational forum on social work issues.

School of Social Work

department web page: www.uta.edu/ssw/
department contact: sswbsw@uta.edu
graduate web page:
graduate contact:

Dean

Santos H. Hernández, Ph.D.
211 Social Work Complex
817.272.3944

www2.uta.edu/ssw

Area of Study and Degrees

Social Work
M.S.S.W., Ph.D.

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis and Non-Thesis

Associate Dean

Donald K. Granvold
211 Social Work, 817.272.3940

Assistant Dean

Larry Watson
211 Social Work, 817.272.2423

M.S.S.W. Graduate Advisor

Ski Hunter
301 Social Work, 817.272.3948

Ph.D. Graduate Advisor and

Joan Rycraft
211 Social Work, 817.272.5225

Director of Admissions

Yvette Gonzalez
211 Social Work, 817.272.3209

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Callicutt, Dangel, Duehn, Elliott, Granvold, Hegar, Hunter, Jordan, Mayadas, Mindel, Pillai, Scannapieco, Schoech, Watts

Associate Professors

Barrett, Cobb, Hoefer, Lehmann, Quinn, Rycraft, Debra Woody, Yu

Assistant Professors

Basham, Collier-Tennison, Diaz, Johnston, Moon, Spence-Diehl, David Woody

Master of Science in Social Work

MSSW Goals and Curriculum Objectives

The liberal arts perspective and the generalist perspective support the MSSW curriculum which includes a generalist foundation and three specialties (child/family, mental health, and administration and community planning). Goals and objectives include:

Goal 1 (Foundation): Students will acquire a foundation of generalist knowledge through a curriculum that includes content on the history of the social work profession and its current structures and issues, social policy; human behavior and the social environment; technology use; research and evaluation; diversity, oppression, and social justice; values and ethics; micro and macro practice; and field practicum.

Objectives:
(1) Students will demonstrate knowledge of and application of the generalist foundation.
(2) Students will demonstrate knowledge of and the skills to implement the purpose of social work (which is to strengthen the capacities of individuals, families, groups and communities to address their needs and well-being) and the purpose of social work education (which is to provide competent and effective services for poor and oppressed persons and to work to alleviate poverty, oppression and discrimination).
(3) Students will demonstrate knowledge of and skill to implement the profession's values and ethics, as stated in the NASW Code of Ethics.

Goal 2 (Foundation): Students will acquire evidenced-based knowledge and critical-thinking skills to apply the best practice interventions especially for those in diverse, oppressed and disenfranchised populations.

Objectives:
(1) Students will demonstrate the skills to use critical-thinking skills to address inequity, injustice and oppression.
(2) Students will demonstrate the skills to use critical-thinking skills when they assess the type of services needed for diverse populations and when they assess interventions to use.

Goal 3 (Advanced Year): In the advanced year, students will demonstrate an understanding of and application of the integrative-comparative social work perspective, critical-thinking skills, and evidence-based practice knowledge in their specialty area (family/child, mental health, or administration and community planning).

Objectives:
(1) Students will demonstrate in the specialty courses an understanding of and application of the integrative-comparative social work perspective.
(2) Students will demonstrate in their specialty courses critical-thinking skills in their selection of theories and interventions for practice.
(3) Students will demonstrate in their specialty courses the knowledge and skills to conduct evidence-based practice with autonomy.
(4) Students will demonstrate in their specialty courses the skills to use multiple research methods to evaluate programs, interventions and outcomes.

Application and Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the program for Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters. Advanced Standing students only are admitted for Summer. Completed applications must be received no later than March 15, for Summer and Fall Semesters, and October 31, for Spring Semester.

Please note that the School of Social Work's deadline for application is different from the published deadlines of the Graduate School.

Admission Criteria for the Master's Program

  1. A bachelor's degree with a liberal arts perspective including instruction in the behavioral and biological sciences (including human biology) from an accredited college or university.
  2. Undergraduate GPA must be equal to or greater than 3.0 in the last 60 hours as calculated by the Graduate School or a minimum score of 500 on the verbal and on the quantitative sections of the GRE.
  3. Three letters of reference indicating professional or academic promise.
  4. Personal statement providing evidence of professional or academic goals consistent with the Social Work Program.
  5. Personal qualifications considered essential to the successful practice of social work including leadership ability, personal maturity, motivation for a human service profession and experience in social work. A personal interview may be required.
  6. Applicants to the school whose native language is not English must take, in addition to the Test of English as a Foreign Language, the Test of Spoken English.

Unconditional MSSW Admission: An applicant is admitted unconditionally when all documentation relating to admissions criteria is received and performance on a majority of the criteria is acceptable.

Probationary Admission: Candidates with less than a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate program as calculated by the Graduate School and less than 500 on the verbal or the quantitative sections of the GRE may be admitted on probation if other admission criteria are satisfactory and indicate academic potential.

Provisional Admission: An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission decision deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Denial of Admission: Candidates may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admissions criteria.

Deferred Admission: A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Neither probationary nor provisional admission will be granted to an applicant with less than a 3.0 GPA on the last two years of a bachelor's degree (approximately 60 hours) when the required GRE score is lacking.

Financial Aid

Sources of scholarships awarded annually and administered by the School of Social Work are listed below.

A limited number of traineeships is available through Child Protective Services.

Graduate Fellowships

Candidates for fellowship awards must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours and in any graduate credit hours, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.

Degree Requirements

The program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Social Work covers a minimum of four semesters for full-time students and requires the completion of 64 semester hours of graduate work including class and field instruction, as well as thesis or integrative seminar.

In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, each graduate student in the social work program must (1) maintain at least a B (3.0) overall GPA in all coursework; (2) demonstrate suitability for professional social work practice; and, (3) demonstrate knowledge of and adherence to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers and if licensed in Texas the Code of Ethics as currently published by the Texas Council for Social Work Examiners.

At such time as questions are raised by Social Work faculty or field instructors regarding a student's violation of any of the above requirements, the student will be notified and will be provided the opportunity to respond to the Academic and Professional Standards Committee. The committee will review the student's performance and make a recommendation concerning the student's eligibility to continue in the program. Appeal of a recommendation may be made to the Dean of the School of Social Work.

Advanced Standing

An applicant who has graduated from an accredited undergraduate program in social work may request admission to the graduate program with advanced standing. All regular admission requirements must be met and the bachelor's degree in social work must have been conferred no more than six years prior to the date of enrollment.

Advanced standing students may receive credit hour waivers for some undergraduate social work courses which are considered equivalent to the first and second semester courses, provided the student's grades in those courses are B or better. Students may receive course waivers for more than 20 hours, but only 20 hours may be applied to the 64-hour MSSW degree.

Dual Degree Programs

Students in social work may participate in one of five dual degree programs whereby they can earn a Master of Science in Social Work and 1) a Master of City and Regional Planning, 2) a Master of Public Administration, 3) a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs, 4) a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice, or 5) a Master of Arts in Sociology. By participating in a dual degree program, students can apply some semester hours jointly to meet the requirements of both degrees, thus reducing the total number of hours which would be required to earn both degrees separately. The number of hours which may be jointly applied ranges from 6 to 18 hours, subject to the approval of Graduate Advisors from both programs.

To participate in the dual degree program, students must make separate application to each program and must submit a separate Program of Work for each degree. Those interested in a dual degree program should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor(s) for further information on course requirements. See also information on Dual Degree Programs in the Advanced Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

Part-Time Students

Admission and degree requirements for part-time students are the same as those for full-time students. Likewise, part-time students must maintain the performance level required of full-time students.

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work

Objectives

The program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work is designed to prepare scholars to advance knowledge development and dissemination for the profession of social work. Upon completion of the Ph.D. Program students will display competency in theory and theory development; knowledge and skills in research methods and data analysis; theory, research, and policy as applied to a specialty practice area; understanding and commitment to the underlying values, ethics, and social and economic justice perspectives in the scientific inquiry in social work; and theory and research as applied to social work practice, policy, and social work education. Graduates of the program are expected to make a significant contribution to the profession of social work through their own continued research, teaching, scholarship and service.

A specialty in comparative social policy is offered in conjunction with the Universidad Autonoma De Nuevo Leon (UANL) Monterrey, Mexico. Students will complete their first year of doctoral courses at the UANL Graduate School of Social Work. Classes at UANL will be conducted in Spanish and taught by UANL faculty. Students will complete their second year at the U.T. Arlington School of Social Work. Classes will be taught in English by U.T. Arlington faculty.

Admission Criteria for the Ph.D. Program

To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work program, an applicant must satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate School and his or her academic record must show preparation for advanced study in social work. The students accepted for admission are those whose academic achievements, previous experience, and aptitude for research and scholarship indicate the potential for achieving the objectives of the program. In addition, admission to the program requires:

  1. Master's degree in Social Work or related field. For applicants with a masterís in a related field, and a background in social and behavioral science and research methods is desirable.
  2. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 minimum, on the last 60 hours as calculated by the Graduate School.
  3. Master's GPA of 3.4 minimum as calculated by the Graduate School.
  4. A Graduate Record Examination or PAEG score that evidences an ability to do satisfactory graduate work if master's GPA is less than 3.4.
  5. Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  6. Curriculum vita.
  7. Academic goals consistent with the Social Work Program.
  8. Professional writing sample.
  9. Three letters of recommendation indicating professional and academic potential.
  10. A score of 550 on the written TOEFL Examination or 213 on the computer version if an applicant's first language is not English.

Unconditional Ph.D. Admission: An applicant is admitted unconditionally when all documentation relating to admissions criteria is received and performance on the criteria is acceptable.

Probationary Ph.D. Admission: An applicant whose Master's GPA is below 3.4 or that scores GRE or the PAEG do not indicate ability to do satisfactory graduate work may be admitted on probation when performance on the majority of the remaining criteria is acceptable.

Provisional Admission: An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission decision deadline but that otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Denial of Ph.D. Admission: Candidates may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admissions criteria.

Deferred Admission: A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

An application for admission, transcripts of previous academic work and Graduate Record Examination or EXADEP scores must be submitted to the Graduate School of the University. An additional separate application and supporting materials must be sent to the Graduate Advisor, Ph.D. in Social Work Program.

Degree Requirements

The program leading to the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work covers nine semesters (three years) of full-time study and requires the completion of 54 semester hours of graduate work including coursework, comprehensive examinations and a dissertation. Students and their faculty supervisory committee together develop a plan of study geared to the students' interests. Included in this plan are a set of required and elective courses in which students pursue their specialized interests.

  1. 27 hours of required courses that include 18 hours of core coursework. The core coursework qualifying comprehensive examinations must be satisfactorily completed before progressing in the program.
  2. a minimum of six hours and maximum of nine hours Research Practicum.
  3. three or more hours of electives selected in consultation with the student's advisory committee.
  4. six hours electives selected from relevant graduate courses offered outside the School of Social Work.
  5. on completion of 42 hours of required or elective coursework, the specialty comprehensive examination is taken prior to application for candidacy and registration for dissertation.
  6. three hours of dissertation tutorial taken upon successful completion of core and specialty comprehensive examinations.
  7. nine hours of dissertation to be taken the semester in which the student plans to graduate.

Successful completion of the comprehensive examinations in both core and specialty areas of study advances the student to candidacy at which time he or she devotes time to the completion of the dissertation. The last step before the degree is awarded is the final examination, which is focused on the defense of the dissertation.

Doctoral students must demonstrate knowledge of and adherence to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers and the Code of Ethics as currently published by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.


The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Social Work (SOCW)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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Curriculum: Master of Science in Social Work

The curriculum is organized around six curriculum areas. Required and elective courses are offered in each curriculum area. Students must complete foundation (first year) required courses before taking advanced (second year) courses. In the advanced year, a specialty is selected in child/family, mental health, administration, community practice, and a combination of administration and community practice. First year courses have 5000 numbers; second year courses have 6000 numbers. Master's level students are also allowed to take doctoral level courses with permission of the instructor.

Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Students are required to take SOCW 5301 (Human Behavior and the Social Environment) and SOCW 5317 (Race, Ethnicity, and Women). Additionally, students choose one other course from the Human Behavior and the Social Environment curriculum area that matches their specialty.

Human Behavior and the Social Environment

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