Career Opportunities

  • Social Welfare Agencies
  • Community Development
  • Family Services
  • Hospitals
  • Criminal Justice and Corrections
  • Mental Health


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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program helps students develop knowledge and skills to understand complex social issues and the ability to assess and intervene, directly and indirectly, at the individual, family, group, organizational, community, and/or policy levels. In each phase of the program, students are taught to think critically, communicate effectively, and analyze and evaluate their social work practice. The program prepares students for entry-level employment in social welfare agencies, schools, hospitals, correctional institutions, social action and community organizations, and day care, geriatric, or rehabilitation and residential centers.

Students entering UMSL as freshman and as transfer students begin as a pre-social work major. Students with a junior-level standing and a GPA of 2.75 or higher in social work related areas may formally apply for the BSW program concurrently with SOC WK 3100. Admission to the program is conditional upon the successful completion of all necessary requirements.

The BSW degree program requires a minimum of 43 credit hours of coursework in human behavior, practice, research and policy, as well as 30 credit hours of related area coursework. In addition, students must complete 570 clock hours of fieldwork in a social services agency.

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What UMSL Social Work has to offer

The UMSL School of Social Work prepares leaders to bring about positive change, especially in St. Louis. One of the largest BSW programs in the region, it boasts a database of 400-plus practicum locations, including DOORWAYS, United Way of Greater St. Louis and Beyond Housing, providing extraordinary opportunities for community engagement. Through critical, empirical and applied aspects of social work, students gain a multicultural perspective with a strong emphasis on community and agency field work.

The School of Social Work 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. It is 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.

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