Summary of social work graduate programs prepared by Melissa C.F. Becker, MSW, September 2000
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University of Texas-Austin (public)

Identity: Emphasis on social and economic justice, preparation of social work practitioners, and the use of technology to enhance learning and a strong commitment to teaching and instruction by core faculty. Mission statement: to provide professional education and leadership in social work practice, research, and service to promote social and economic justice, enhance social welfare, and build strong community-university partnerships.

Hours: 60 hours, semester, 3 credit classes.

Pre Reqs: BA; broad liberal arts & behavioral sciences background; statistics class covering inferential statistics.

Program Structure: Full time (4 semesters, 15 hrs per semester, 21 months); Extended full time (6 semesters, 9-12 hours, 0-1 summer, 33 months); Part time (6 semesters, 6-9 hours, 2-3 summers, 33 months); Advanced standing (2 semesters and one summer, 15 hours per semester, 12 months); Advanced standing part time (6-9 hours, 3 semesters, 1-2 summer sessions, 20 months total). School offers courses in the evening, but cannot guarantee that the program can be completed only at night or only during the day.

Foundation: 9 classes, 27 credits. Basic Dynamics of Individuals and Families; Cultural Diversity; Dynamics of Organizations and Communities; Social Work Methods I; Field Instruction I; Social Problems and Social Welfare Policy; Social Work Research Methods; Social Work Methods II; Field Instruction II. Depending on their area of concentration, students will take one of the following: Clinical Assessment and Differential Diagnosis or Introduction to Human Service Administration.

Concentration: Students choose to concentrate either in Clinical Social Work or Administration and Planning. Clinical Social Work requires: 1) Theories and Methods of Intervention with Individuals; 2) Theories and Methods of Family Intervention; and 3) one of the following group courses: Theories and Methods of Group Intervention with Adults, or Theories and Methods of Group Intervention with Children, Adolescents and Families. Students will select one of the following topics in Policy Analysis: General Social Welfare Policy Analysis; Health; Mental Health and Chemical Dependence; Children and Families; Poverty and Public Policy; Elective. In the Spring, they take Applied Social Work Research and Evaluation in Clinical Social Work, Field Instruction III and IV, and an Elective.

In The Administration and Planning Concentration, students will select three of the following course topics: Human Resource Development; Organizational Management; Comparative Service Delivery Strategies; Application of Information Technology in Human Services. Students will select one of the following topics in Policy Analysis: General Social Welfare Policy Analysis; Health; Mental Health and Chemical Dependence; Children and Families; Poverty & Public Policy. In Spring, students take Applied Social Work Research and Evaluation in Administration and Planning, Field Instruction III and IV and an Elective.

Practicum: In foundation year, 480 hours, 16-20 hours per week, including weekly integrative seminar. In concentration year, 540 hours are completed either in a block in the spring (36 hours per week) or 18 hours each in the spring and summer.

Electives: 2 electives are allowed and can be taken in the summer to lighten the full time student load.


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