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The Department of Social Work

BSW Program
MSW Program
Your State’s Requirements for Licensing
National Association of Social Workers
Council on Social Work Education

Social Work is a profession concerned with the prevention and remediation of social problems. Professional social workers are in demand. People who are best suited for social work are committed to providing compassionate service, being respectful of the dignity and worth of all people, advocating for social justice, understanding the importance of human relationships, having integrity, and using evidence-based interventions.

The Bachelor’s degree in Social Work provides students with skills, knowledge, and values that are essential in generalist social work practice. Students focus on working with individuals, families, groups, and community organizations. The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree prepares the student for careers in social work. Graduates with a BSW may take the licensure exam (based on their state’s requirements) and enter the work force as a professional social worker or go on to attend a graduate school in social work, where they may be eligible for advanced standing.

The Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) prepares advanced generalist social workers with the specialized skills to do therapy, address more complex problems, use evidence-based practice interventions, engage in scientific inquiry, and take leadership roles within their work environments and on behalf of the profession. Some schools offer very specific specialization programs, but in reality, social workers typically work in many different settings throughout their careers, helping diverse populations. Our MSW program teaches the advanced skills needed by social workers across the country.