Social Work

Brewer Hall

Preparing tomorrow's social workers with the skills and knowledge to impact individuals, families, and communities.

Do you want to make positive change?

Do people, places, or policies fascinate you?

Do you wonder why so many struggle to succeed in life?

Are you interested in working with those who have no voice

Then Social Work is the profession for you.

The Social Work programs at JSU:

  • prepare students for entry-level and advanced generalist social work practice
  • have innovative course work and creative field practicums
  • provide unique service learning activities

The Social Work students at JSU:

  • experience real-world social work practice in dynamic collaborative relationships with faculty, peers, and experienced social work professionals
  • have created a strong social work student organization
  • have the opportunity to be inducted into the National Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society

Things to know about the Bachelor of Social Work Program (BSW) at JSU:

  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1988
  • Over 1,500 BSW graduates
  • Has approximately 200+ majors
  • Over 60 network field agencies

BSW Mission Statement

The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program at Jacksonville State University is to prepare generalist practitioners with the knowledge, skills, values, and interests to prepare them for life-long learning, ongoing professional development, and service to advance individual and societal well-being. The BSW program succeeds through partnerships of service and a central focus of being a regionally responsive, community-based, and practice-centered program.

BSW Goals

1. To educate social work students as competent generalist social work practitioners prepared for practice with diverse client systems, in diverse communities, and in organizations of various sizes and types.

2. To prepare students for generalist practice through an academic foundation grounded in the liberal arts and person-in-environment framework.

3. To prepare students to pursue social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty and inequality, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all.

4. To prepare students to apply scientific inquiry and critical analysis to evidence-based practice interventions and to evaluate their own practice outcomes.

5. To foster an environment for students to develop a professional identity that incorporates the values and ethics of the social work profession guided by the NASW Code of Ethics.

Requirements for the BSW degree at JSU

Candidates for graduation must successfully complete all JSU Academic Regulations.

**The JSU Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) does not award academic credit for life or work experience under any circumstances, there are no exceptions to this policy. For more information see the MSW information below. 

BSW Checklist

Master of Social Work Program

The Department of Social Work offers courses leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree with Advanced Generalist Specialization, which prepares graduates to engage in independent social work practice to address local, regional, and national workforce needs for social work services, with emphasis placed on rural and non-urban communities. The program aims to provide professionals with advanced, ethical, evidence-based social work practice and professional leadership skills at all practice levels with the goal of improving individual and societal well-being.

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is offered in a hybrid/blended format. This design gives students a combination of learning formats, including, but not limited to, online and lecture learning. The program emphasizes a full range of high-quality experiences throughout the curriculum in terms of innovative courses, creative fieldwork/internships, relevant research, service-learning activities, and dynamic faculty-student, student-student, and community-student relationships that will prepare graduates for successful social work careers.

The program is guided by the institutional mission, program mission, professional purpose, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics. 

The MSW program offers

-Two-year Full Time; and 

-One year Advanced Standing.

MSW Application Process

Guidelines for Preparing the Personal Statement

Guidelines for Preparing the Social Problem Analysis 

MSW Plan of Study

MSW Course Descriptions

**The JSU Master of Social Work (MSW) does not award academic credit for life or work experience under any circumstances, there are no exceptions to this policy. 

For questions regarding applications to the Graduate School, please contact Ms. Ashlee Hanvey or 256-782-5348.

For more information specific to the MSW program, please contact the Department of Sociology and Social Work, 256-782-8208. 

The Jacksonville State University MSW program achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • Candidacy for the master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.
  • Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation.  Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation.  Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program.  Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
  • For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact