Department of Social Work

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Department of Social Work

Social Work is a profession concerned with relationships between people and their environments. It is a helping profession that provides vision and direction for addressing social problems, resolving interpersonal conflicts, confronting social issues and meeting human needs. It is committed to the enhancement of human well-being and to the alleviation of poverty and oppression among populations at risk. Professional social work is practiced in a wide variety of settings, and we offer both the Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) and the Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree programs.

Working Together

Baccalaureate of social work is the only undergraduate major that educates you for positions as professional social workers. BSW graduates are prepared for immediate entry into direct human service professional positions. Graduates possess the intellectual, practical, and professional skills needed to promote beneficial change in the lives of their clients. Social work employers recognize the specialized education and skills that empower BSWs to make an immediate impact on their organizations and in the lives of their consumers.

Working Towards the Future

For those who desire to work towards furthering their expertise and knowledge, our Masters of Social Work degree program can provide the opportunity for you to further your social work career. MSW graduates are prepared for advanced levels of individual and group practice found in clinical social work, medical social work, school social work, family social work, and many others. Our MSW program is unique with our focus on Indigenous and rural populations. With an MSW degree you may seek licensure as either a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or apply for supervision to work towards the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) credential. Our MSW graduates have been sought after for positions as community mental health therapists, medical social workers, school social workers and program developers, to name a few paths our graduates have taken following graduation. We offer a traditional MSW pathway for those new to the social work field, and an advanced pathway for those holding a BSW degree earned in the last seven years.


** Northeastern State University Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work are both accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.