Social Work

Dr. Jennifer Costello, Program Director

The UMHB Social Work Program prepares students for ethical, competent entry-level generalist social work practice, life-long learning, community service and/or graduate education through the integration and application of knowledge, values, skills and experiences relating to diverse client populations, system sizes and practice settings through a commitment to excellence and scholarship within a Christ-centered learning community.

Courses in the University of Mary Hardin Baylor’s Social Work Program are offered for students majoring in Social Work or taking classes for social science credit. 

UMHB’s Bachelor of Social Work degree program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students completing the Bachelor of Social Work degree are eligible to apply to take the examination for Texas state licensure as a baccalaureate social worker (LBSW).

Students are not officially considered majors in the Social Work Program until they have fulfilled certain criteria. However, students can declare an interest in majoring in Social Work at any time and can take certain courses required in the Social Work curriculum prior to being admitted to the program.

Students are required to meet the following qualifications in order to enter the Social Work Program at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor:

  1. Successfully complete or have scheduled a minimum of 45 semester hours of college courses. These courses must include BCIS 1301, COMM 1320, ENGL 1321, ENGL 1322, POLS 2305 or 2306, PSYC 1301, SOCI 1311, and SOCW 2311.
  2. Achieve a grade of “C” or above in all core Social Work courses taken prior to the application.
  3. Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 at the time of application.
  4. Submit a completed application form to the director of the Social Work Program.
  5. Have an admission interview with members of the Social Work faculty.
  6. Upon receiving a conditional offer of admission, demonstrate physical, mental, and emotional qualifications sufficient, with or without reasonable accommodation, to meet the academic and technical requirements of the social work profession.
  7. Enjoy the status of a student in good standing at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

UMHB's Social Work Program reserves the right to deny an applicant admission or readmission for any legal reason.

Once admitted to the Social Work Program, a student must achieve a grade of “C” or above in all core Social Work courses, maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in all Social Work courses considered collectively, and maintain an overall 2.5 GPA, in order to continue in the program.

An introductory Social Work course may be accepted in transfer if it covers the same content as UMHB’s course. Other transfer Social Work courses will be accepted only from Council on Social Work Education accredited programs. Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience cannot be given for any Social Work course.