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About TCU Social Work


If you are passionate about serving your community and making a difference in people’s lives, you have come to the right place. For over 40 years, the TCU Department of Social Work has educated professional social workers to address many of the serious social problems facing our global community. We are a values-driven program that will provide you with the knowledge, values, and skills needed to achieve your professional goals.

Our mission and departmental values direct everything we do as social work educators and researchers:

Our Mission:

Through experiential learning opportunities, innovative research, and student-focused mentoring, the TCU Department of Social Work prepares competent, ethical, culturally-responsive social work leaders. We train our students to critically interrogate structural inequities, apply a trauma-informed approach, and advocate for social change with local and global communities. By doing so, the Department equips graduates to partner with diverse populations, specifically those who endure marginalization and oppression, to promote an equitable and just society.

Our Values:

Excellence, Social justice, Collegiality, Community Engagement, and Student Focus

TCU Department of Social Work Statement of Values in Support of LGBTQ People and LGBTQ Studies

Given recent and ongoing attacks on LGBTQ people and LGBTQ studies in our state and in our community, the Department of Social Work wishes to assert our values by affirming:

  • The Department of Social Work unequivocally supports and celebrates the LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty whose presence here enriches our campus. Identity-based attacks on the community are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
  • The Department of Social Work unequivocally supports the study of LGBTQ people, culture, politics, history, arts, and theory as a vital component of our academic mission and the social work profession.

As a department and a profession, we hold ourselves accountable for creating an equitable learning environment for LGBTQ people (Council on Social Work Education Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, 2022; National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics, 2021).


The TCU Department of Social Work offers a personal, student-focused learning experience. We do this is through smaller class sizes taught mostly by full-time faculty. Faculty also engage with students as academic advisors, research mentors, and as advisors to students organizations. Through all of these interactions, we learn more about you, what drives you to be a social worker, and how we can support you achieving your professional goals. Another place where we shine is our field education program. With students completing almost 500 hours of internship in our undergraduate program and 900 hours in our master’s program, we maximize the learning opportunity of field placements by tailoring field placements to student needs and professional goals.

Both our undergraduate BSW and graduate MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and all of our faculty are licensed social workers. Follow the links below to learn more about our undergraduate BSW degree program, our graduate MSW program, and dual degrees that pair an MSW with a master of arts in theology and ministry, master of theological studies, or master of divinity. For those interested in a career in higher education and research, you can learn more about Harris College’s Health Sciences Ph.D. below as well.

Undergraduate Social Work Degree (BSW)

Graduate Social Work Degree (MSW)

Divinity Dual Degree with MSW (MSW + M.T.A.M., M.T.S., or M.Div.)

Ph.D. in Health Sciences