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Why Study Social Work

The study of social work is for committed individuals who are passionate about caring for people, from infants to the elderly, helping them overcome life’s most difficult challenges.

At U of M’s Department of Social Work, our mission is to educate professional social workers for practice with at-risk populations, particularly children and families.

The study of social work prepares you to become a professional social worker, by helping you develop the knowledge, values, and skills essential to competent social work practice.

 The study of social work gives you the opportunity to work with individuals through internships with local agencies, to test what you are learning in the classroom and to identify where you need more educational experience.

 The study of social work prepares you for a career in a strong growth area. Employment of social workers is expected to increase by 16 percent during the decade ending in 2018, according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The median annual salary for social workers was $46,220 in 2008, with the top 10 percent earning more than $74,040.

 Why not study social work?  Join the more than 600,000 professional social workers in this country who have committed their lives to making a difference by earning a degree in social work.

The Department of Social Work resides in the School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy within the College of Arts & Sciences. The Program offers the Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work and the Master of Social Work. The BA degree is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the MSW degree is in candidacy for  CSWE accreditation. Both degree programs include significant work experience through field placement.


 Take a look at our brochures:

Master of Social Work Program

Bachelor of Arts Social Work Program


 For more information about social workers, visit the Be a Social Worker and About Social Workers web sites.

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