MSW Student Organizations

Baylor School of Social Work Student Association

The School encourages social work students to participate in the Baylor Social Work Student Association. The purpose of the organization is to provide an opportunity for students to participate in the governance of the School, coordinate their interests, and act cooperatively on behalf of all social work students and those they serve. SWSA is divided by undergraduate and graduate students and each has a faculty advisor and their own officers. The groups meet monthly to focus on issues relevant to their social work education, preparation for practice, and student support.

The student association for MSW students, with assistance from the student development committee, plans activities that allow first year, second year, advanced standing and dual degree MSW students to get together, develop relationships, and support each other. We encourage you to avail yourself of these opportunities to build community. We want students to participate in Baylor School of Social Work Committees, and the student association is the vehicle for this. Student representation is important and allows you to have a voice in policy making, decision making, and planning in the School. Email Jennifer Dickey for more information, or call her at 254-710-1246.


Phi Alpha Honor Society

Phi Alpha, a National Social Work Honor Society, began a chapter at Baylor University in 1998. The purposes of this organization are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and to promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

Membership is by application. Eligible students receive an invitation to apply each spring. A student is eligible for membership after achieving the following national requirements:

  1. Complete 9 hours of social work credit (this does not include currently enrolled classes)
  2. Achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.75 on a 4-point scale.

Contact Krista Barrett for more information at 254-710-6400.


GSA (Baylor Graduate Student Association)

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is an organization concerned with the intellectual and social growth of graduate students at Baylor University. The GSA sponsors activities and programs that facilitate exchange of ideas, promotion of scholarly development, and cultivation of social support systems and dissemination of other information concerning graduate student life. All students currently enrolled for one or more semester hours of graduate coursework toward an advanced degree and with a graduate GPA of 3.0 or greater are automatically members of the GSA. Students desiring further information about the GSA should contact the Graduate School associate dean's office, 254-710-3582.