Social Work Education
A career as a social worker begins with a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW). This degree typically takes four years and represents the minimum requirement for an entry-level administrative position. In some cases, a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as psychology or sociology may suffice.
The bachelor’s degree provides training in topics as varied as diverse populations, social welfare policy, human behavior, and ethics, to prepare you for positions such as a caseworker or a mental health assistant.
If you’re interested in pursuing other career options such as a clinical role, additional graduate study is likely necessary. The majority of clinical positions require a master’s degree in social work (MSW), which typically takes two years to complete and includes a supervised practicum or internship.
A master’s degree allows further specialization and the development of clinical assessment and managerial skills. A bachelor’s degree in almost any relevant field will allow entry into a master’s degree in social work (MSW), which lasts two years. BSW graduates are recognized to have already completed their first year. Advanced standing admissions allow these students to complete the master’s degree in one to two years.