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 BSW program will prepare you to enter the field with generalist skills which will support your practice with a variety of populations, across various areas of practice. Central to the mission of the program is teaching students to be a catalyst for social change, grounding students in the values and ethics of the profession, which include social and economic justice, inclusion, diversity, and cultural humility. The BSW program is committed to both academic rigor and to the provision of support for students who are struggling academically, building on existing strengths to foster success. We welcome a diverse student body and foster an atmosphere of openness, collegiality, and respect. Day and evening classes are available. Our program offers the option of a minor 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 Evening Cohort Program, Advanced Standing option available for those with a BSW degree, and our Fall Start Program which has flexible completion times.