The School of Social Work's Field Education Program was recognized as a major contribution to positive change in the Northwest Arkansas community. The program places student interns throughout the community to aid vulnerable populations and to make a positive social impact for all. Vernon Wall, president and founder of One Better World LLC, visited the University of Arkansas in September as a part of the School of Social Work's work to recognize privilege and balance inequities. The group presented three symposium papers and a workshop a the third European Conference on Domestic Violence in Oslo, Norway.


Bachelor's in Social Work

Bachelor's in Social Work

The Baccalaureate degree in Social Work has been offered at the University of Arkansas since 1940. The School has one of the oldest undergraduate social work programs in the United States. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The undergraduate program has two primary education goals:

  • preparation for culturally competent, empirically based, multi-systems, beginning level professional generalist practice across the life course

  • the preparation of students for continuing their professional growth and development after graduation.

In order to achieve its basic purposes, the faculty, students, staff, and agency field instructors are involved in a variety of teaching, research, and outreach activities that involve them in the life of the university, communities around the state, and at the national level.

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Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work

The mission of the University of Arkansas MSW program is to use the body of knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession to:

  • develop new social work knowledge through the conduct of research in the spirit of scientific inquiry and the use of new technologies, especially in the area of poverty reduction

  • educate competent and effective advanced leader/practitioners committed to fundamental social work values including service, social justice, integrity, the dignity and worth of every person, competence and human rights

  • apply research findings in outreach efforts through service and leadership in the development of social service delivery systems to improve the quality of life of poor and other vulnerable persons, families, groups, organizations and communities in Arkansas, nationally, and globally.

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It is our pleasure to make all BSW students aware of an opportunity to apply for the first ever Michael Collie Endowed Award in Social Work. The lucky recipient will receive a $900 award from the School of Social Work for Fall 2020 semester!

If you didn’t know Michael Collie, here is a link to an interview we used during the campaign to endow this scholarship.

The purpose of the Michael Collie Endowed Award in Social Work will be to provide support for an undergraduate student majoring in Social Work. 

Application criteria are:

a) Student must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA; 

b) Student is a senior in the Bachelor’s in Social Work undergraduate program; 

c) Preference will be given to a member of Phi Alpha Honor Society 

d) Write a 1,000 to 2,000 word essay answering the following questions; 


Michael Collie believed in the clients and communities served by the social work profession. What would you do to better the lives of others with the time you have left? How can you use your influence to change the larger picture? 

Please forward the attached application form and your essay to me at by Friday, January 15th at 4:30 PM.

Michael Collie Scholarship Form


HRSA Scholarship Application (Up to $15,000 per academic year)

The HRSA Scholarship Program is designed to provide up to $2.87 million in scholarship funds (2020-2025) for up to 36 full-time, MSW Program students per year. HRSA Scholars receive $15,000 ($7,500 per semester) in scholarship funds per academic year (for up to two years) to offset graduate school tuition and fees. MSW Students can apply for HRSA Scholarship funds for two years. Scholarship funds are distributed through the UA Financial Aid Office to student university accounts. Any funds left over after paying tuition and fees will be refunded to the student by the Financial Aid office. 



HRSA Scholars who demonstrate financial need or geographic/environmental need in their application are eligible for the HRSA Scholarship on a first-come, first-serve basis. MSW students can apply for HRSA Scholarship funds by right clicking the following link:



Please contact Dr. Marcia Shobe with HRSA Scholarship questions at or (479) 575-5568.


Applications are due by May 1st  each year.

HRSA Scholoarship Brochure



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