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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Tuition awards make a TCU MSW more accessible than you may think

Achieve your professional goals sooner with our 9-month full-time advanced standing program

Students can benefit from hybrid curricular options, tailored to your needs

Some paid internships may be available for priority deadline applicants


Why TCU Social Work?

TCU’s MSW program offers:

  • smaller class sizes
  • some online courses for increased flexibility
  • courses instructed by outstanding faculty
  • high quality advising and mentoring
  • personal approach to field education to provide you with an excellent social work education experience
  • tuition reduction
  • graduate research assistantships
  • internships that offer stipends and tuition assistance
  • individualized degree plans for part-time students
  • no GRE required for admissions

Graduates of our program go on to work in well-regarded public and non-profit organizations, and they become leaders in their field. And don’t forget that TCU is rated as one of the top 100 universities in the United States offering outstanding facilities, resources, and a vibrant and engaging campus culture.


MSW Program Mission Statement

The TCU MSW Program prepares highly competent, ethical, and culturally-responsive advanced generalist social workers. Through our hands-on approach to teaching, research, and mentorship, students are prepared to challenge structural inequities, implement trauma-informed approaches, and lead social change at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice. Program graduates are leaders within the social work profession, who meaningfully partner with diverse populations to transform local and global communities for the greater good.


Our Program

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, our program prepares advanced-generalist practitioners to practice independently and effectively in a variety of settings with diverse client populations that include individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. We offer advanced standing and traditional program options. Additionally, students can select from one of two specializations: 1) health and mental health and 2) children and families.


Advanced Standing Program

This 30-hour program option is for those who have already earned a BSW from a CSWE-accredited program. Enrolled full time as an advanced standing student, you can complete this program in nine months.


Traditional Program

This 60-hour program is for those who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than social work. Enrolled as a full-time student, you can complete this program in two years taking classes during fall and spring semesters.


Hybrid Option for MSW Students

We have recently launched a hybrid program option. For those who would like additional flexibility with course scheduling, we now allow students to enroll in up to 4 courses (12 hours) in an asynchronous online format. These courses are only available in the Concentration year (2nd year) of the program, so Traditional students should still plan to take all of their Foundation year courses in an in-person format. Additionally, Concentration year students should be advised that the program will still require some in-person activities and classes during the work week, as well as DFW-based internships, so students need to plan accordingly. Please see below for a listing of Concentration year courses and their associated learning modalities:

Fall semester

Perspectives on Mental Health Practice – In-person or online

Advanced Practice – In-person or online

Evaluation Research – In-person or online

Field Seminar – In-person only

Field Education – Internship hours

Spring semester

Administration & Management – In-person or online

Elective – In-person only

Elective – In-person only

Field Seminar – In-person only

Field Education – Internship hours

Students can choose to take 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4 of their MSW courses online, based upon their learning preferences and needs.

Still have questions? Sign up for an information session below.


Dual Degrees with Brite Divinity School

Brite Divinity School, in collaboration with the TCU Department of Social Work, offers dual degrees that pair an MSW with a Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.T.M), Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S), or Master of Divinity (M.Div.).



Looking to transfer to TCU? We accept up to 10 credit hours from other CSWE-accredited graduate programs. For additional information about our curriculum, see our course catalog.

Interested in Applying?

The TCU MSW program application for the 2024-2025 academic year is open. The priority application deadline is 2/5/24 and the second application deadline is 3/25/24.

Please note that we only admit students for fall semesters.

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Interested in learning more? You can sign up for a one-on-one information session with a program representative.

1:1 Session Sign Up

We will promptly answer any MSW program and admissions questions if you email us at

If you’re interested in learning more about our hybrid option, reach out to for more information.