School of Social Work

School of Social Work

Thinking about a career in Social Work? 

Your timing is perfect!  Social Work is a rapidly growing field.  According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the next decade will see a 16% increase in employment opportunities for social workers.  Specifically, there will be a 14% growth in child, family & school social work positions; a 20% growth in health care & medical social work positions; and a 19% growth in mental health & substance abuse positions.  Social workers can also be found working on social welfare policy, community organizing, working with older adults, and managing non-profit organizations. 

 The profession of social work is guided by a set of key values which include service, social justice, respecting the dignity and worth of every individual, holding the importance of human relationships as central, integrity, and competence in practice.  A degree in social work is highly respected, valuable, malleable, and offers prospects for a lifetime of opportunities in social service, government, and grassroots organizations. 

The Mission of the School of Social Work is to provide accessible, high-quality education for generalist practice at the baccalaureate level and advanced generalist practice at the graduate level. We educate students to be ethical, knowledgeable, and versatile practitioners and leaders who value collaboration, social and economic justice, and lifelong learning. 

The School of Social Work at Chico State offers an undergraduate degree (BSW) in Social Work as well as a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) which may be completed in a one-year, two-year, or three-year program.  Our Programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education(opens in new window) and include practical training and supervision in the field. We have a particularly strong training program in Child Welfare as well as a Distributed Learning Program, which allows students to take courses largely online with periodic visits to campus for in-person instruction.

Please take a look around our website and let us know when you’re ready to join us!