Students and professionals in Texas interested in earning a Master of Social Work (MSW) online have several options in terms of both in-state and out-of-state universities.
Universities in Texas that have online master of social work programs include: Baylor University, Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas State University, the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Stephen F. Austin State University is launching an online master of social work program for Texas and surrounding state residents in Spring 2020. If you’re considering a graduate degree in social work around Dallas, you can check out the University of Texas at Arlington or Texas Christian University in Fort Worth which offers an on-campus MSW program.
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It is important to check with each university as some only accept students from specific states. For example, the University of Texas at Arlington accepts students for their online and hybrid programs if they are a Texas resident currently living in Texas.
On OnlineMSWPrograms.com, we classify any program that requires two or fewer campus visits per year as an online MSW program. For hybrid programs, the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Arlington offer mixed online/on-campus degree plans.
Colleges in Texas with Online MSW Programs
If you’re living in Texas, don’t have the time to make daytime classes, or are out of reach of a campus, there are many options for online master’s in social work programs within the state.
If you are around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you may consider the University of Texas at Arlington. Further south I-35 in Waco, you’ll find the master of social work online program at Baylor University. South Texas offers OLLU and Texas State University around San Antonio and the University of Houston near the city center.
Baylor University - The Master of Social Work (MSW) online program from Baylor University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, enabling aspiring social work professionals to serve and empower vulnerable populations worldwide. Students will learn the skills and theories necessary to make meaningful, informed change and be challenged to think about the ethical integration of faith and social work practice. The MSW online program can be completed in as few as 12 months. Baylor is now accepting applications, and GRE scores are not required to apply. The Master of Social Work online program from Baylor University is a sponsored online MSW program.
Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) - OLLU’s online master of social work offers two online options for students: foundation MSW and concentration MSW for bachelors of social work (BSW) applicants. OLLU’s MSW program has an emphasis on working with and serving the Hispanic community, which can be completed in a little over three years.
Texas State University - Offering part- and full-time online master’s in social work program options, Texas State also offers a traditional standing and advanced standing program for BSW applicants.
University of Houston - The University of Houston has a part-time online master of social work that can be completed in three years. Tracks are offered in traditional standing or advanced to help students prepare for clinical social work practice.
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) - Accepting only Texas residents at this time, the University of Texas at Arlington offers an online social work master’s program in traditional and advanced standing tracks. UTA’s online MSW program also has a concentration option in Direct Practice with Children and Families.
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) - The UTRGV has an online advanced standing master’s in social work program with concentrations in Administration and Community Practice and Direct Practice with Latino Individuals, Families, and Groups.
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Colleges in Texas with Hybrid MSW Programs
Two of the online master’s in social work program offerings in Texas also offer a hybrid option -- the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Arlington with different program structures and options.
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University of Houston
75% Online with face-to-face coursework at UH Main Campus and UH Sugar Land Campus on Saturdays
Traditional or Advanced
University of Texas at Arlington
50% Online with 50% face-to-face classes in Arlington
Advanced Full-Time only
The University of Houston offers a hybrid MSW program in addition to their online master of social work. In three years, students are able to earn their master’s of social work through online classes and some Saturday classroom settings. Students may also pursue advanced standing admission to complete their degree in about two and a half years.
The University of Texas at Arlington offers a “Mixed-Mode Cohort” for advanced standing students at a full-time enrollment level. With 16-week courses, students in the advanced standing hybrid program may complete their master of social work degree in 12 months. Students may pursue specialties in Children and Families, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Health Services, or a concentration in Community Administrative Practice.
Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Texas
How to Become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Texas
The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners issues three different social work licenses: Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
Earn a CSWE Accredited Master’s Degree in Social Work.
Obtain Supervised Social Work Experience. Complete 3000 hours of approved, supervised professional clinical experience between two to four years. These hours must include a minimum of 100 hours of board-approved supervision with an approved supervisor.
Pass the Clinical Exam from the Association of Social Worker Boards (ASWB).
Complete the Jurisprudence Exam. The jurisprudence exam must be completed no more than six months before the date of LCSW application.
Apply and Obtain LCSW Licensure.
Texas Social Work Licensure Reciprocity
The state of Texas does not have formal reciprocity agreements with any other state. For social workers licensed or certified in another state, applicants may be eligible for a waiver of the examination requirement if licensed based on the ASWB exam. Out-of-state applicants must submit a “Verification of Licensure in another jurisdiction” form for consideration of social work licensure in Texas.
Eligibility restrictions are subject to change; therefore, students should contact an admissions officer before applying to ensure that the program accepts online students from Texas.
Please take a minute and read our disclaimers page as licensing requirements for social workers vary by state. Prospective students should check with their state’s social work licensing board and speak with an admissions counselor about state specific requirements before applying to a program.