Program Overview

The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) online degree program prepares social workers for advanced practice and leadership roles — to have the skills and knowledge to enhance individual, family, group, organization, and community well-being; to work for social and economic justice; and to meet the human-service needs of Arkansas and the surrounding region. Students can expect to complete the 60-hour program in three years.

Required Courses (60 hours)

Note: Each online course will require students to meet for five synchronous sessions (via Adobe Connect) throughout each semester. See the degree plan or contact the program advisor for more information.

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Foundation and Concentration Courses

Choose 36 hours

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Prerequisite: program admission. This course covers human behavior theories supporting social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The ecological perspective and its impact on...

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SOWK 7330 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: program admission. Study of the history and current structure of social welfare policy, the impact of discrimination, poverty and oppression on populations-at-risk, the response of society to social problem...

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SOWK 7350 Social Welfare Policies and Services

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: SOWK 7330. This course explores the application of social work skills to practice within communities and organizations. Students will assess a target community, write grant proposals, and learn the practice...

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SOWK 7331 Foundations of Social Work Practice III

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: program admission or special permission from instructor. The study of social work research methodology, critical evaluation of published research, the values and ethics of research practice.

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SOWK 7370 Social Work Research Methods

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: program admission. Ethnic, racial, gender issues as related to social policy, human behavior and the social environment, practice issues; developmental, socioeconomic factors influencing gender roles; histo...

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SOWK 7390 Diversity and Oppression

3 credit hours

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Pre or corequisite: SOWK 7330. Study of social work profession and roles, values, and ethics of the profession; the generalist perspective; ecosystems perspective; strengths focus; empowerment practice; and the skills of...

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SOWK 7301 Foundations of Social Work Practice I

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: SOWK 7330. Psychopathology in children, adults; uses individual life cycle as framework for biological, social forces that prevent, limit individual social, psychological adaptation to environment during ma...

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SOWK 7391 Assessment and Differential Diagnosis

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: SOWK 7301. Continuation of SOWK 7301. Study of strategies and techniques of intervention with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities; practice evaluation; and termination.

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SOWK 7302 Foundations of Social Work Practice II

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: concentration year standing. Developing biopsychosocial framework for assessment, intervention; focus on careful assessment, diagnosis prior to clinical interventions.

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SOWK 8301 Advanced Directed Practice I

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: SOWK 7370 or special permission from Instructor. Statistics, their use in analyzing data; probability, inferential, decision-making, basic statistics; includes central tendencies, variability, data distribu...

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SOWK 8371 Statistics for Social Work

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: SOWK 8301 or MFT-GC admission. This course provides knowledge and skills about social work practice with couples and families. It studies the major schools of family theory, methods for practice with famili...

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SOWK 8302 Advanced Directed Practice II

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: SOWK 8301. Corequisite: SOWK 8302. This course provides knowledge about social work practice with groups with an emphasis on the application of group theory to many forms of groups in a variety of settings....

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SOWK 8390 Advanced Direct Practice III

3 credit hours

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Electives

Choose 6 hours

Online students need to complete two electives (totaling six hours). At least one of these electives may only be taken after foundation year coursework is done.

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Internship

Choose 18 hours

To be completed in second year; must total 18 hours of coursework or 1200 practice hours by graduation.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Candidates must meet the following requirements for admission to this program:

• Baccalaureate degree with a liberal arts perspective from an accredited college or university.

• Overall GPA of 3.0

• Satisfactory scores on either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) taken within the last five years. Test scores must be received before an admission decision can be made.

• Narrative statement of professional orientation. (Format is included in the application packet.)

• Acceptable references indicating a propensity for both academics and social work practice.

• Three form letters of reference from professional, academic, or volunteer associates. (Forms are included in the application packet.)

• Volunteer, employment, and other life experiences relevant to the career choice of social work.

• Official transcripts with degree posted prior to the student’s enrolling in a graduate level course.

Read more about the UALR Graduate School admissions process here.

Graduation Requirements

The M.S.W. curriculum consists of 60 hours of graduate work, including 36 foundation and concentration hours, and six elective hours. Internships are an integral part of the curriculum design, totaling 18 hours of coursework or 1200 practice hours by graduation.

Students must be physically present at their internship location; this portion of the MSW cannot be completed online, but the location may be chosen near the student by the MSW internship coordinator.

Please note that each online course will require students to meet for five synchronous sessions (via Adobe Connect) throughout each semester. See the degree plan on the Social Work website or contact the program advisor for more information.

Program Advisor

Dr. Chris Lloyd | 501.569.8464 | eclloyd@ualr.edu
Interim Director, School of Social Work

School of Social Work Website

Accreditation

The M.S.W. program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website,ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $383