Social Work

social workers and students advocate

Where passion becomes a profession

“Social work is the fastest-growing profession internationally – and in many countries, statistics point towards its significant further expansion. In the US... the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 16% growth of the profession between 2016 and 2026.”

- The Guardian

Our Missions

The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work Programs (B.S.W) seeks to further social justice through education, community engagement and research.

The mission of the Master of Social Work Program (M.S.W.) is to advance social justice through masters-level social work education, community engagement and research.


The Social Work program is proud to announce B.S.W. student Callie Wright as the 2023 reciepient of the CHHS DEAN'S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DIVERSITY ADVOCACY: Undergraduate Student and to Dr. Celia Williamson as the 2023 recipient of the CHHS DEAN'S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DIVERSITY ADVOCACY: Faculty.  A hearty congratulations goes out to both of them!

The B.S.W. Program and the M.S.W. Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Board of Accreditation. Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master's social work program by the CSWE's Board of Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Board of Accreditation as verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

The Social Work programs satisfy the educational requirements set forth by the State of Ohio to sit for the state licensing examination. Requirements for B.S.W. and M.S.W. licensure eligibility vary from state to state.  Please reference the Professional Licensure Information page for state details.

B.S.W. Program

The bachelor's of Social Work program offers a generalist practice prospective built on social and economic justice while preparing students for state licensure. Learn more about the B.S.W. Program.  

For B.S.W. graduates who wish to practice in a state other than Ohio, please e-mail the B.S.W. program director/advisor Meredith Rinna, or call 419.530.4397 to discuss  requirements in that state.

B.S.W. Program Outcomes

M.S.W. Program

The master's in Social Work program offers a foundation and advanced curriculum preparing advanced generalist practitioners building on the foundation of social and economic justice from a strengths and empower perspective. Learn more about the M.S.W. Program.

For M.S.W. graduates who wish to practice in a state other than Ohio, please e-mail the M.S.W. program director/advisor Megan Petra, or call 419.530.5338 to discuss requirements in that state.

M.S.W. Program Outcomes


Interested in learning more about where social work students are placed to apply theories learned in class and gain practice experience? Learn more about internships.

Child Welfare University Partnership Program

The University Partnership Program (UPP) seeks to develop creative child welfare leaders, policy makers, managers and direct service practitioners who are capable
of critical thinking and promoting best practices and highest-quality service to children, families and communities. Learn more about UPP

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Last Updated: 10/17/23