The Salem State University School of Social Work welcomes you to our website! The mission of our school is to provide students with the knowledge, values and skills required for excellence as social work practitioners. Students learn from outstanding faculty who are deeply committed to social work education and to supporting the development of students as social work professionals.
Voices from the School of Social Work
“I’m heading up a research project with Boston Children’s Hospital...The goal is to actually create a hands-on, discussion-based training program for medical professionals to implement trauma-informed care.”
The bachelor of social work (BSW) program at Salem State prepares you to be a catalyst for social change, founded in the values of social justice, inclusion, diversity, and cultural humility. You’ll receive a thorough background in the theories of social work, research skills, and learn how social policies impact individuals, families, organizations, and communities. A senior year internship will provide an opportunity to learn to apply these skills in the field, preparing you for a career in social work.
Students minoring in social work are not eligible for state licensing upon graduation but may find this preparation helpful in selecting a career direction or in considering graduate school in social work.
All students may enroll in certain courses offered to non-majors on a space available basis. Non-majors who wish advising regarding clustering courses to reach individual learning goals should consult with the BSW program coordinator.
The Salem State University MSW Program offers students a comprehensive MSW experience focused on integrated practice for health and behavioral health. This is a flexible program that offers students the opportunity to create a unique MSW experience through their choices of electives and field placements. Students can complete the program in two or more years. Options available include an Online Program, Advanced Standing option available for those with a BSW degree, and our Fall Start Program which has flexible completion times.