Using Your Degree



Using Your Degree

Social workers are employed at many levels to make our world a better place. They work at the micro level with individuals and families to meet immediate needs; the meso level with groups and organizations to build stronger communities that will nurture individuals and families; the macro level to advocate for policies regionally, nationally and globally. At all levels, social work is a licensed profession. Social workers work for human dignity and the common good.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for social workers is expected to grow by over 19% in the next decade.   Job growth will be strong for those who work with the aging population, in health care, in mental health and substance abuse, and with children & families, to name a few. 

Popular areas of generalist social work practice include:

  • Child, family and school social work
  • Social work in hospitals and clinics
  • Community organizing / work with social action organizations
  • Gerontological social work with senior citizens and their families
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Justice / corrections
  • Community mental health
  • Social services administration
  • Work with military, veterans, their families, and their communities
  • Chemical dependency / substance abuse
  • Crisis intervention
  • Working in private industry

Our alumnae are recognized as distinguished professionals for service and leadership to the social work profession and their communities. They include

  • Shanique Washington, permanent supportive housing case manager at YWCA St. Paul

  • Mary Tinucci, school social worker in St. Paul Public Schools since 1991 and founder of Out for Equity and The Poetry Lab

  • Jamila Larson, co-founder of the Homeless Children's Playtime Project in Washington D.C. Read more about Jamila and her work »

  • Dena Carlson, a child protection social worker in Meeker County, Minnesota

  • Mary O'Brien, a program associate at The Advocates for Human Rights in St. Paul

  • Collignon Holland, a senior social worker and foster home recruiter for Hennepin County

  • Marianne Dyass, management consultant for Carlson Dettmann

Graduate school

The master’s degree in social work prepares students for specialized practice and advanced licensure.  Students may select a clinical or non-clinical focus.  Students who earn an undergraduate BSW degree from a program accredited by CSWE may complete a Master of Social Work (MSW) in one calendar year of additional study.  Students enter MSW programs as "Advanced Standing" students.