The social work profession is booming. UToledo social work students embrace diversity and become change agents in their communities. Social justice is at the core of our program.
The profession of social work is booming. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 16% growth in jobs between 2016 and 2026.
Social workers have a two-fold mission: to help diverse populations overcome challenges; and to empower social systems and communities to better respond to people’s needs.
The University of Toledo’s accredited social work degree program prepares students to live this mission and to become licensed social work professionals.
UToledo's social work students gain knowledge and skills in interviewing, recording and working with culturally diverse populations. Undergraduates study social policy and human behavior. They conduct research. And they gain real-world experience through field placements in social service organizations.
Social work and social justice go hand-in-hand. Our program in the College of Health and Human Services is committed to the advancement of human rights and the achievement of social, economic and environmental justice.
UToledo’s social work majors learn the professional skills to be change agents in the community. They are prepared to:
Social workers are employed as:
Our graduates have been accepted into such grad schools as:
"The social work program has given me so much confidence and opportunity."
"Take advantage of what UToledo has to offer. I am leaps and bounds ahead of where most of my colleagues are right now in their professional development. I am a rookie, but still have people asking me questions and seeking my advice – all due, I believe, to the preparation UToledo gave to me."
"I feel ready to start this new adventure, thanks to such wonderful professors. You all care so much for your students. We are truly a social work family."
"You have provided us an educational experience that cannot be matched. You are a good example of what professionalism is about and what teaching effectively can do for students. I believe you’ve provided us with the first step in our careers by teaching us important information and by being role models."
"You have helped me so much to make sure I am ‘social work ready’ and prepared for grad school."
UToledo offers a strong, generalist-practice BSW curriculum, along with a research practicum sequence and field placements. Our students learn the theory, then apply that knowledge in research and in the field.
All social work undergraduates complete two required internships at community agencies. Seniors graduate with 508 hours of field experience. These internships help our students gain confidence and build their resumes.
Completion of the BSW program meets educational requirements to apply for licensure in Ohio.
Requirements for BSW licensure eligibility vary from state to state.
Please reference the Professional Licensure Information page for state details.
For BSW graduates who wish to practice in a state other than Ohio, please e-mail the BSW program director/advisor Meredith Rinna, or call 419.530.4397 to discuss requirements in that state.