The mission of the graduate program of the UALR School of Social Work, building on a strong generalist foundation, is to prepare graduates for leadership roles in clinical practice and in management and community practice within the social welfare system in Arkansas. Our commitment is to discover and disseminate knowledge, embrace diversity, to serve our communities and organizations, and to eliminate the barriers that oppressed and vulnerable people face.
The MSW curriculum consists of 60 hours of graduate work, including 32 core hours, 22 concentration hours, and six elective hours. Field instruction is an integral part of the curriculum design, totaling 18 hours of course work or 1200 practice hours by graduation (1056 hours for advanced standing students). Advanced standing students are given credit for 17 hours of graduate work and need 43 hours to graduate.
The School of Social Work also offers two Graduate Certificates, one in Marriage and Family Therapy, and the other in Gerontology. In addition, the program also offers highly specialized psychotherapy courses in The Psychotherapy Training Center, which is a co-sponsored program through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Psychiatric Research Institute (PRI), and the UALR School of Social Work.