Resources for MSW students

Student organizations

Student organizations utilize students' energies, aptitudes and knowledge to enhance opportunities for student learning and service. If you want to get involved or learn more, visit the Student Involvement website to review a list of registered student organizations such as Student Social Work Organization (SSWO).

Phi Alpha (ΦΑ) Honor Society

The Social Work Program at the University of Washington Tacoma established the Xi Pi Chapter of Phi Alpha, a national honor society for social work students, in 2006. Dr.Marian Harris is the faculty adviser. The 2014-15 application cycle is now closed. The 2015-16 application materials will be available on January 4, 2016, with an application deadline of February 29, 2016.

Scholarships for Social Work Students

Visit our scholarship page to learn more about scholarship opportunities for MSW students!

Sign up for the Social Work email list

UWTMSW is an electronic mailing list for MSW students. This email list will provide you with reminders of upcoming deadlines, registration information, job and internship opportunities, special events, graduation information and more.


MSW student chats with MSW advisorThe Social Work Graduate Program Advisor is responsible for helping students with the technical pieces of graduate student life — deadlines, forms and formal procedures. Registration, course scheduling, graduation requirements and grade issues are all areas where the graduate advisor can assist you. The graduate program advisor also functions as a liaison to the Graduate School.

You are also randomly assigned an official Faculty Advisor with whom you should meet on a periodic basis. As you get to know faculty members better, you may request a change of advisor through the director. In addition to your faculty advisor, you can turn to any faculty member regarding specific issues. Such informal advising is common and highly encouraged. Faculty are best used when you need counseling on educational and professional career choices or in circumstances where you experience personal difficulties that affect your progress in the program.

Registration and courses

Doing research

Information technology assistance

Student handbook