The program is an accelerated track for students who already hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The Advanced Standing Program requires 33 hours of coursework across the summer, fall and spring semesters over a 10-month period.
"Students will enter the program during the summer sessions and complete the master’s degree in the following May," said Dr. Patrick Mace, chair of the UTPA Department of Social Work. "Students in the Advanced Standing Program will join in classes with the students who entered the two-year MSSW the previous year."
The new delivery system adds to the existing regular two-year program that started in Fall 1998. The regular MSSW is a 60-hour program consisting of 30 hours of professional foundation courses and 30 hours of advanced professional social work courses.
"Unique to the two-year MSSW program is its admissions policy," Mace said. "Prospective students do not have to have an undergraduate degree in social work to be accepted into the master’s degree program. Students with degrees in sociology, psychology, business, education and other disciplines may be considered for admission into the two-year program."
In 1998, the MSSW degree program received "candidacy status" from the Council on Social Work Education, Commission on Accreditation. The MSSW program is scheduled for consideration of full accreditation status in 2001.
The deadline to apply for admission to either the regular two-year program or to the Advanced Standing Program of the MSSW at UTPA is March 30.
For information and applications, contact the UTPA Department of Social Work at 956/381-3575.