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TWU, UNT to offer Joint Master of Social Work Degree Program
Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas are working collaboratively to create and deliver a Joint Master of Social Work Degree Program, which aims to prepare students for positions in health care and child and family services. Officials from both universities signed a memorandum of agreement for the proposed TWU/UNT joint degree program at TWU Jan. 30th.
According to Jennifer Martin, Ph.D., TWU interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, the TWU and UNT Board of Regents approved the joint program in late 2016, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is expected to officially approve the degree later this spring.
“The proposed TWU/UNT Joint Master of Social Work Degree Program is an excellent opportunity for our universities to meet an immediate need in the state of Texas,” Martin said.
The proposed advanced generalist practice master of social work degree will have emphases in health care and child and family services, including child welfare. Workforce demand in both areas of emphasis is predicted to increase significantly over the next two decades, due in part to a state-wide shortage of mental health care workers.
O. Finley Graves, Ph.D., UNT provost and vice president of academic affairs, says each institution will deliver approximately half of the credits necessary to complete the degree.
“Prospective students will benefit tremendously from shared faculty expertise in classes taught at both universities’ Denton campuses,” Graves said.
TWU and UNT currently offer accredited, long-standing and well-respected bachelor’s degrees in social work.
“Both the UNT and TWU social work programs are looking forward to building upon our historic legacy of outstanding baccalaureate social work education with this new joint program,” said Mark Sandel, professor and director of TWU’s social work program.
Pending approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the TWU/UNT Joint Master of Social Work Degree Program is expected to start offering classes in Fall 2017.
Texas Woman’s University is the largest public university in the nation primarily for women and has an enrollment of approximately 15,600 students on campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. Since its founding in 1901, TWU has produced more than 88,000 graduates in fields vital to the growth and quality of life in Texas and the nation, including nursing, health care, education and business. Committed to transformational learning, discovery, and service in an inclusive environment that embraces diversity, Texas Woman’s inspires excellence and a pioneering spirit.
Established in 1890, UNT is one of the nation’s largest public research universities with 37,000 students. For 125 years, UNT has fulfilled its mission to lead the way in educating young men and women and creating leaders with great vision. Ranked a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification, UNT is a catalyst for creativity fueling progress, innovation and entrepreneurship for the North Texas region and the state. As the university has grown, so has its reach and impact. UNT graduated 8,200 students last year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 101 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 38 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. UNT’s world-class faculty are making breakthroughs every day and its students and alumni are changing the world around them.