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Social Work at UMSL

The School of Social Work at the University of Missouri–St. Louis is strongly committed to providing accessible, affordable and high quality social work degree programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels to a diverse and nontraditional student body.

We are also committed to carrying out research and scholarship to improve social work knowledge and to provide community service activities that serve to enhance the welfare and well-being of the people in the St. Louis Metropolitan region, the state and other metropolitan areas. The UMSL social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. This accreditation assures graduates placement in social service agencies and allows students to apply for a license to practice social work. Professional social work education enables students to integrate the knowledge, values and skills of the profession into competent practice.

Social Work Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Science in Gerontology
  • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Our social work faculty reflects a cross-section of the social work profession, representing many specialties

What UMSL has to offer

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program offers social work classes designed to prepare persons for employment in social welfare agencies, schools, hospitals, children’s homes, victim services, juvenile court, legal services, policy and planning, community development, mental health facilities, correctional institutions, day care and rehabilitation centers. Individuals currently working in social welfare settings can improve their skills or increase their opportunities for job advancement.

One of the top reasons to pursue your social work education at UMSL is our incomparable faculty. Our faculty members are locally, nationally and internationally recognized in their areas of specialization, often being sought out as experts in their field, and are able to provide our students with the combination of academics and practical skills needed for professional social work practice in a wide range of fields and settings. The faculty, in addition to maintaining high standards of teaching, provides many hours of community service and practice to the numerous social services agencies in St. Louis. Research is also an integral part of the faculty’s activities and many scientific papers are presented by our faculty to local, national and international meetings. The faculty also publishes in many social work or related journals.

UMSL's Gerontology Graduate Program is one of the most mature and well-established graduate programs of its kind in the U.S. today. UMSL Gerontology graduates are involved in all aspects of aging-related professional practice in St. Louis and beyond, shaping positive attitudes and building meaningful structures for care and support of older adults. Today, the experience of advancing age is at least as diverse as any other phase of life, and arguably more so. The UMSL Gerontology Program embraces this diversity and makes sense of it for our students, while also grounding them in core values and competencies that define them as "UMSL Gerontologists."

The School of Social Work offers students the minor in social work, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and the Master of Social Work (MSW), and the Master of Science in Gerontology (MSG) and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.

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Career Opportunities

UMSL At A Glance

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is the largest public research university located in Missouri's most populous and economically important region. Founded in 1963, we enroll nearly 17,000 students, and we are home to more than 1,400 faculty members.


UMSL offers 46 undergraduate degrees from our five colleges.


We have seven pre-professional degree tracks.


And we partner with more than 400 companies and organizations for our internship programs. You will get out of the classroom, gain practical experience, make connections and jump-start your career.

St. Louis

St. Louis:
Something For Everyone

UMSL is a vital part of St. Louis, and the city and surrounding areas make up the most culturally vibrant region in Missouri. That means we offer you more than a top-ranked learning environment.

There's a night out with friends on Washington Avenue. An exhibit opening at the Saint Louis Zoo. A home run celebration at Busch Stadium. St. Louis is a place where you can be you.