Master of Science in Social Work Online - Administration and Community Practice (Advanced Standing)

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Master of Science in Social Work Online - Administration and Community Practice (Advanced Standing)

The UTRGV MS in Social Work – Administration and Community Practice develops leaders with the advanced skills necessary to strengthen and improve human services within the Latino community.

Coursework in this degree is designed specifically to help students develop the leadership skills and commitment necessary for strengthening agencies and improving human services for at-risk Latino communities.

Develop clinical and macro assessment skills and understand the practice implications and characteristics of Latino populations, in order to serve the border region of South Texas and beyond. In this program, you will:

  • Learn how to work with diverse populations, including members of minority, vulnerable, at-risk and disenfranchised groups, including needs assessment and asset mapping
  • Study organizational administration, including human resource development, policy development, fundraising and project management
  • Gain advanced, real-world experience applying community organizing, social advocacy and social action mobilization practices during a 500-hour practicum in a field setting of your choice

At the completion of this degree program, you will be eligible to sit for exams to attain Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) credentials.

Potential jobs for graduates include administrative or leadership roles in a social service organization, policy or advocacy organizations, or community action agencies.

Duration  Complete in as few as 12 months
Credit Hours  33 credit hours
Per credit hour Per 3-credit course Total program cost
Tuition MBA Financial Planning 444.44 Tuition MBA Financial Planning 1,333.32 Tuition MBA Financial Planning 14,667.52*

* We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change.


  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Clear admission to the UTRGV Graduate College.
    • BSW from a CSWE accredited program.
    • 3.2 GPA or higher, in social work core undergraduate courses.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Personal statement detailing professional goals and reasons for pursuing the graduate degree. (Instructions)
    • Writing sample.
    • Three letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources.  (Reference Form)
    • Verified successful completion of a course in basic statistics. 
    • Cleared Criminal Background Check

    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities and international applicants:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
    • English translation of educational records.
    • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) or the World Education Services (WES). For additional information, visit the Academic Credentials/Transcripts Evaluation section of our website.

    *Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas however international applicants can study from their home country.

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  • Program Contact

    Online Accelerated MSSW Program

    Program Director: Dr. Sudershan Pasupuleti

    Phone: (956) 665-2413

    Office: Edinburg Campus, ESWOT 1222


  • Deadlines

    Online Accelerated Application Deadline:

    Spring 2018 Module I Spring 2018 Module II Summer 2018 Module I Summer 2018 Module II Fall 2018 Module I Fall 2018 Module II
    December 3 January 28 March 25 May 20 July 22 September 17
  • Course Requirements

    Core Courses

    SOCW 6315: Social Work with Diverse Populations

    This course prepares students for effective professional intervention in a diverse world, and provides an understanding of how discrimination and oppression operate to limit the life opportunities of members of minority, vulnerable, at risk, and disenfranchised groups. A conceptual framework for understanding diversity, discrimination and oppression is presented and used to understand discrimination based on factors such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexual orientation. Selected theoretical perspectives are used to critically analyze the manifestations of discrimination and oppression and their impact on affected populations. Social world’s responses to discrimination and inequality, including strategies for intervention, are also examined.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    SOCW 6332: Social Work Practice with Latinos

    Social work practice implications of the characteristics of the Latino population of the Southwest. The course will analyze distinctive practice in engagement, communication, and service with Latino clients, differential modalities and helping processes for clinical and macro practice with this population.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    SOCW 6336: Advanced Macro Assessment

    A variety of methods to assess macro social systems are studied and experiences are provided to develop macro assessment skills. This includes the logic frameworks for assessment, organizational assessment and use of standardized measures for documenting organizational functioning. The course teaches community asset mapping and traditional community needs assessment methods

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    SOCW 6340: Advanced Social Work Practice with Organizations

    Students gain advanced skills in organizational administration and management. Organizational assessment, human resources development, financial and board management, fund raising, policy planning and development, project management, and program evaluation are addressed. Students explore "use of self" as they develop leadership skills and a commitment to excellence necessary for strengthening agencies and improving human services critically needed in the Border Region of South Texas and beyond.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    SOCW 6341: Advanced Social Work Practice with Communities

    Students gain advanced skills in community organizing and social advocacy. Community assessment, volunteer management, fund raising, campaign management, networking and project management are addressed. Students will continue to explore their "use of self" as they further develop the leadership skills necessary to strengthen at‐risk Latino community groups in the Border Region of South Texas and beyond. SOCW 6341 taken concurrently with SOCW 6379.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    SOCW 6342: Advanced Policy Analysis and Development

    This course provides advanced skills in policy formulation, analysis, evaluation, advocacy, social marketing, lobbying, international development policy, and social action mobilization

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    SOCW 6360: Child Welfare

    Examination of current policies of government‐ sponsored child welfare programs and current issues in the service delivery aspect of practice with cases of child abuse and neglect.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    SOCW 6378: Macro Practicum I (250 hours

    This practicum course requires completion of 250 clock hours in an approved field setting which prepares interns for community practice and administration. Course may be taken concurrently with the second internship course (SOCW 6379).

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    SOCW 6379: Macro Practicum II (250 hours)

    This practicum course requires completion of 250 clock hours in an approved field setting which prepares Interns for macro practice. SOCW 6379 may be taken concurrently with SOCW 6378 or after completing SOCW 6378. SOCW 6379 must be taken concurrently with SOCW 6341.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    SOCW 6380: Accountability and Evaluation in Macro Practice

    Emphasis on processes for monitoring and evaluating for evidence‐based programming.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    SOCW 6397: Spirituality and Social Work

    This course examines perspectives on human well‐being within diverse spiritual and religious traditions; models of spiritual development; the role of spirituality and religion in fostering well‐ being or contributing to the oppression of diverse, at risk, and vulnerable populations; and values and ethics for spiritually sensitive practice. Tools for spiritual assessment and spiritually‐based interventions are explored.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3