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Social Work

Social Work Degrees

Washburn University's Social Work Department offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Both programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 

Undergraduate - BSW

Bachelor of Social Work, BSW

Membership in Washburn University's student associations for social work majors helps promote social work values and helps you enrich your social work experience.  For general information on student organizations please visit Campus Life - Student Organizations.


BSW Program Mission

Education for competence in social work practice is the guiding principle of the Department of Social Work.  The BSW program in Social Work provides a respectful, supportive approach to learning while maintaining high academic standards.  The program is committed to providing opportunities to students who may otherwise experience barriers to higher education.  The BSW program is strongly linked to the core values of the profession. The program  maintains its mission by integrating content throughout the curriculum relevant to the pursuit of social and economic justice, as well as its dedication to the value, worth, and dignity of all persons.  The BSW program is designed to prepare undergraduate social work students for a generalist practice that will meet the multi-level needs of clients.

Graduate - MSW

Master of Social Work, MSW

Membership in Washburn University's student associations for social work majors helps promote social work values and helps you enrich your social work experience.  For general information on student organizations please visit Campus Life - Student Organizations.


MSW Program Mission

The aim of Washburn University’s Master of Social Work Program is to prepare graduate students for the competent practice of clinical social work in order to meet the multilevel needs of clients and other people that we serve.

The MSW program is committed to providing quality education for students with or without a baccalaureate social work degree. Therefore, the curriculum may include liberal arts components and generalist social work preparation to maximize each student's readiness for entry into the clinical concentration. In addition, the program focuses on providing a supportive environment for a diverse group of students, including those who may otherwise experience barriers to educational opportunities. 

The MSW program has an overarching commitment to ensure that students understand, adhere to, and promote the value base of social work profession within both generalist and clinical settings. The conceptual centerpiece of the Clinical Curriculum is the integration of the Empowerment and Ecological perspectives. The Clinical Curriculum emphasizes the extension of critical thinking skills and expansion of practice skills to the specific demands of clinical practice. Upon completion of the MSW program, graduates will be prepared and committed to providing direct clinical social work services to individuals, families, and groups in inner-city, urban, and rural settings, with particular emphasis on those who are at-risk, unrepresented or under-represented, culturally diverse and oppressed.