About the Program

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.

About the Program

About the Program
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Complete in as few as 12 months
33 credit hours
$444.44 per credit hour*

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.

Online Courses

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, fundraising, 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, fundraising, 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 practicum course requires completion of 250 clock hours in an approved field setting which prepares Interns for macro practice.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Calendar

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines for this program.

Upcoming Start Dates

January 3, 2018

December 3, 2017

Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Tuition Breakdown

$14,667.52*

Total program cost

$444.44

Per credit hour

$1,333.32

Per 3-credit course

$2,000

Partner Scholarship

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

Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Student Loan page.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50 domestic, $100 international
  • Graduation Fee: $32
Application fee can be paid online by credit card or electronic check only

Partner Scholarship

Participating students from partner organizations have the opportunity to receive a $2,000 (which will be pro-rated over the duration of the program) scholarship based upon successful completion of the scholarship requirements.

If you are not sure if your organization is a participating partner, please contact a representative at 844-218-2727. In order to qualify for the scholarship, all required documents must be submitted by the posted deadline. Scholarships are not retroactive.

Admissions

Please review all the admission requirements for the UTRGV MS in Social Work - Administration and Community Practice (Advanced Standing) online degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 844-218-2727.

Admissions Criteria

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $50 application fee (for domestic applications) online.

Official Transcript

Submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities.

GPA

3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

References

3 References from Professional or Academic sources