Your desire to help people and passion for social justice has a home in the Department of Social Work at Minnesota State University, Mankato! We will help prepare you for a professional career in social work, utilizing your knowledge, values, and skills to improve the lives of others. Find out how our accredited BSSW and MSW programs can provide you with the education you need to make a difference in your community.

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Social Work Baccalaureate Program's 50th Anniversary

Saturday, April 20, 2024
3:00-6:00 p.m.
Centennial Student Union Ballroom, Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Start your career in social work here! The Bachelors in Social Work Program (BSSW) prepares ethical and competent generalist social work professionals who are committed to enhancing human well-being and supporting social, economic, and environmental justice for all.

Master of Social Work

Build on the solid foundation you already have and take your career to the next level! The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program prepares students with an advanced generalist education, expanding your knowledge and your career opportunities.

Social Welfare Minor

The Social Welfare minor is a five-course, 19-credit program that allows you to dive deeper and learn more about the issues that are important to you. This program complements majors like corrections, psychology, gender and women studies, and many healthcare majors well.

Child Welfare Program

The Child Welfare program (CWP) is the place to ignite your passion for working with and advocating for at-risk children. CWP is open to current BSSW and MSW students.

About Social Work

Your desire to help people and passion for social justice has a home here! Learn more about the programs, faculty, and staff who will support you as you pursue your academic and career goals.


Engage with an academic advisor to ensure you’re on path and on time for graduation.


Learn about licensure and exam preparation from the Minnesota Board of Social Work.


Stay connected after graduation! We want to know how you are turning your education into action, and appreciate your continued involvement in our programs.

Career Opportunities

Your social work education will allow you to work with almost any setting with almost any population, making it an exciting path to making a difference in your community. Learn more about the many opportunities available to you upon graduation.

Real World Experiences

Get involved with the social work profession through student organizations and domestic or international travel.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Opportunities for scholarships and stipends are available to support you as you pursue your degree.

Contact Social Work

Our faculty and staff are here to help you find your passion within social work. Contact us to learn more and get your questions answered.