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Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Standard admission is primarily for those prospective students who have earned a bachelor's degree in a field other than social work or for those whose BSW was obtained longer than 5 years ago. Applicants have the options of applying as a full-time or a part-time student. Students will begin this program in the fall semester.

The standard program requires 59 hours of graduate student credit. Students typically complete the full time program in 2 years or the part time program in 4 years. For students in the part-time program, classes will be scheduled to minimize time away from employment, to the extent possible; however, this will depend on faculty and facility availability. See the sample curriculums.

Space is limited and the application process is competitive. Applications received after April 1 will be considered only as space becomes available.

A prospective student should follow the Graduate School's admission procedures.

For questions, contact Dr. Valerie Borum, MSW Program Director.

Standard Admission Application includes:

  1. A completed application to the TTU Graduate School
  2. Paid application fee
  3. All official transcripts
  4. An earned bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association.
  5. Completion of a human biology course and a statistics course – Please refer to the Texas Tech Transfer Equivalency website.
    1. Ensure that transcript(s) lists a human biology course that transfers to TTU as one of the following courses: BIOL 1402 ; ANTH 2300; or a combination of both  ZOOL 2403 & 2404 or BIOL 1403 & 1404.
    2. Ensure that transcript(s) lists a statistics course that transfers to TTU as one of the following courses: MATH 2300 or PSY 2400 or SOC 3391 
  6. 2 letters of recommendation (one from an employer & one from former professor are preferred)
  7. A resume' that includes  employment and volunteer experience
  8. A document in which the applicant copies and answers each of the following questions in a few concise sentences.  [Note: read through all of the points before beginning]:
    1. What is your understanding of the purpose and function of the social work profession?
    2. How do you view the relationship between social workers and the client systems with which they engage?
    3. How do you envision using the advanced generalist practice training you gain during your graduate program in your future career?
    4. Describe your experiences with diverse population groups?
    5. Discuss how these experiences (or lack thereof) have impacted your understanding of social justice?
    6. What is the name of the university and the semester in which you completed a course in human biology?
    7. What is the name of the university and the semester in which you completed a course in statistics?
    8. Do you plan to be a full-time or part-time graduate student? 

Advanced Admission

Advanced admission is for those who have earned a BSW from a CSWE-accredited social work program or an approved international social work program during the past 5 years. Applicants may choose to apply as a full-time or part-time student. Students will begin this program in Summer 1 semester.

The advanced program requires 32 hours of graduate student credit. Students will typically complete the full time program in 1 year or the part time program in 2 years. For students in the part-time program, classes will be scheduled to minimize time away from employment, to the extent possible; however, this will depend on faculty and facility availability. See the sample curriculums.

Space is limited and the application process is competitive. Applications received after March 15 will be considered only as space becomes available.

A prospective student should follow the Graduate School's admission procedures.


For questions, contact Dr. Valerie Borum, MSW Program Director.

Advanced Admission Application includes:

  1. A completed application to the TTU Graduate School
  2. Paid application fee
  3. All official transcripts
  4. A bachelor's degree in social work earned within the previous 5 years from a program accredited by CSWE (see footnotes) OR a degree recognized through CSWE's International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service OR a degree covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accreditors
  5. Completion of a human biology course and a statistics course – Please refer to the Texas Tech Transfer Equivalency website.
    1. Ensure that transcript(s) lists a human biology course that transfers to TTU as one of the following courses: BIOL 1402 ; ANTH 2300; or a combination of both ZOOL 2403 & 2404 or BIOL 1403 & 1404.
    2. Ensure that transcript(s) lists a statistics course that transfers to TTU as one of the following courses: MATH 2300 or PSY 2400 or SOC 3391
  6. 2 letters of recommendation (one from an employer & one from former professor are preferred)
  7. A copy of the final field placement evaluation (or a copy of the midterm field evaluation for students who will complete their BSW at the end of the present semester)
  8. A resume' that includes  employment and volunteer experience.
  9. A document in which the applicant copies the following points and addresses each in a few concise sentences based on social work practice experience (including BSW field placement). [Note: read through all of the points before beginning]:
    1. Discuss how social work values have influence your interaction with a client system.
    2. Briefly discuss an example of a professional ethical dilemma that you have experienced.
    3. Describe and discuss a client system interaction in which diversity was a factor.
    4. How do you envision using the advanced generalist practice training you might gain through the Texas Tech MSW program in your future career?
    5. What is the name of the university and the semester in which you completed a course in human biology?
    6. What is the name of the university and the semester in which you completed a course in statistics?
    7. Do you plan to be a part-time or a full-time student?

Notes: Social work licensure and social work position(s) with adequate social work supervision are examples of factors that might allow the five year limit (since receipt of a BSW) to be extended up to ten years.  BSW graduates entering an MSW program are not to repeat what has been mastered in their BSW program. Successful completion (at the level of an A or B) of coursework that is equivalent to coursework in the BSW program at Texas Tech University will not be repeated. Documentation, possibly including a syllabus, of the previous coursework may be required.

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