School of Social Work

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A message from the Dean

These last few days have been incredibly heartbreaking and sad. The pain is real. Communities of color have been feeling the pressure on their collective necks for years — and to watch the life choked out of a man who could have been our son, husband, brother or father has angered, saddened, confused and devastated many of us. All while we are sheltering from a global pandemic that has also impacted the communities of color disproportionately. As social workers we know how real systemic racism is. As social workers and more importantly as compassionate human beings, let’s do our part to take the pressure of the collective neck of the communities of color by standing up against systemic racism. Let’s use our collective voices (while we can breath) to show our peaceful solidarity. I am in communication with USSWA and the student advisory board and we are working to set up a Zoom conversation about the topic soon. We will share that information as we finalize it. I hope we can all show more kindness, love, compassion and solidarity for our neighbors, friends, colleagues and fellow students during these trying times.

Please stay safe and well,


Shadi S. Martin, PhD, MSW, MPA/HSA, MA
Founding Dean & Professor

Find your social work academic program

The School of Social Work offers accredited degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work prepares you for generalist practice in the field through evidenced-informed, experiential learning experiences.

Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work prepares you to practice in complex environments with diverse client populations as an advanced generalist practitioner of social work.

Online Master of Social Work

The online Master of Social Work is structured around advanced generalist practice and includes two tracks: advanced standing for BSW graduates and a traditional track for non-BSW graduates.

Continuing Education Series

The School of Social Work sponsors continuing education programs and classes for faculty, staff, social workers and other public health professionals.

Requirements for social work licensure by state

Social work licensure requirements vary state-by-state. Get more information about the requirements in our reference table.

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The School of Social Work has two programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE): Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work.