The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Social Work (MSSW, Advanced Standing) with a Concentration in Direct Practice with Latino Individuals, Families and Groups - Accelerated Online Program

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Mission Statement

The School of Social Work is committed to preparing entry-level generalist (BSWs) and advanced professional social workers (MSSWs) to meet the needs of a bi-national and multicultural community. The program has two concentrations: Direct Practice with Latino Individuals, Families and Groups, and Administration and Community Practice. The program emphasizes multicultural awareness, professional competence, ethical practice, knowledge building acquisition, and social services that promote social and economic justice in a bi-national environment.

Program Goals and Objectives

The UTRGV MS in Social Work – Direct Practice teaches evidence-based practices for working with at-risk populations with a focus on applicability to the Latino community.

Deepen your knowledge of advanced social work practice with individuals, families and groups, including the therapeutic process, empowerment and strength perspectives, and clinical strategies for change.

Learn to apply evidence-based family therapy practice models for working with populations-at-risk, as well as critique family practice models with respect to their efficacy for work with Latinos.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn to develop treatment plans, establish therapeutic relationships, and apply intervention strategies
  • Understand how challenges such as discrimination and oppression limit the opportunities of minority, at risk, and disenfranchised groups; develop strategies for intervention and change.
  • Gain real-world experience applying intervention strategies with a 500-hour practicum in a field setting of your choice.

Potential job opportunities include:

  • family/children’s social services agency
  • working in mental health programs
  • working in health services organizations
  • working in substance abuse treatment centers

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the graduate program in social work, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. BSW from a CSWE accredited program.
  2. 3.2 GPA or higher, in social work core undergraduate courses.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. Personal narrative statement.
  5. Verified successful completion of a course in basic statistics.

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at


Program Requirements

Required Courses - 30 Hours

SOCW 6315Social Work with Diverse Populations


SOCW 6330Advanced Family Practice I


SOCW 6331Advanced Family Practice II


SOCW 6332Social Work Practice with Latinos


SOCW 6335Advanced Clinical Assessment


SOCW 6342Advanced Policy Analysis and Development


SOCW 6350Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals


SOCW 6351Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups


SOCW 6376Clinical Practicum I


SOCW 6377Clinical Practicum II


Elective Courses

Choose ONE of the following

SOCW 6360Child Welfare


SOCW 6397Spirituality and Social Work


The 33-hour degree program consists of courses and field education experiences of the selected concentration, as listed above under the 63-hour degree plan plus SOCW 6315.

The required courses are designed to provide the student with a multicultural background, emphasizing the important social issues in direct services to Latino individuals, families and groups or administrative and community practice. The degree program, administered by the Department of Social Work, offers professional preparation for advanced social work practice. Graduates will have the opportunity to attain advanced analytical and practice skills sufficient for self-critical, accountable and autonomous practice.

Graduates of the Master of Science in Social Work will be eligible to take the state examination to become a licensed master social worker (LMSW's).

Total Credit Hours: 33