The Department of Social Work at Minnesota State University, Mankato prepares future social work professionals to utilize their knowledge, values, and skills to enhance individual and collective well-being and help people meet basic human needs. The Department of Social Work is home to accredited BSSW and MSW programs that prepare students for generalist and advanced generalist practice with diverse populations in a wide-range of settings.

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Bachelor of Science in Social Work

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

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program prepares students to be advanced generalist social workers in an array of practice areas, such as: administration, clinical behavioral health, community practice, disability, families/children, health, policy practice, substance use, school social work.

Social Welfare Minor

The Social Welfare minor is a five-course, 19-credit program that consists of the foundational Social Work courses and one topical elective course. Courses to fulfill the minor are offered every semester.

Child Welfare Program

The Child Welfare Program (CWP) at Minnesota State University, Mankato supports the recruitment, education, and/or retention of a well-prepared public and tribal child welfare workforce in Minnesota.

About Social Work

The Department of Social Work consists of faculty that are actively engaged in scholarship, service, clinical practice, policy practice, and leadership.


Contact the Social Work department to connect with an advisor. For general College advising visit the College of Allied Health Advising Center.


View a presentation from the Minnesota Board of Social Work regarding licensing and one on Exam Prep and Information.


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Career Opportunities

Learn more about careers and opportunities applicable to Social Work program graduates locally and throughout the world. Graduates are prepared to take their big ideas and make a real-world impact.

Real World Experiences

Social Work students have many opportunities to get practical, hands-on experience preparing for their future careers.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

A variety of scholarships and financial aid options are available to Social Work students. View current opportunities.

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