Social Work at Mount St. Joseph University

A popular choice among adult students and traditional students alike, our social work program provides flexible scheduling options in accelerated evening and weekend formats. This means you can complete your degree without having to attend classes during daytime hours.  We offer five minors in diverse areas, to supplement any major.  Whether you are looking to start a degree, finish a degree, enhance his or her education, or change careers, our programs provide flexible learning formats, strong career outlooks, and preparation for graduate school to meet future goals. 

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Program and Career Outcomes

  Student Clubs

Phi Alpha:

Social work students are encouraged to join Phi Alpha Honor Society, a national social work honor society that connects social work students, faculty, and practitioners. Phi Alpha promotes humanitarian goals and ideas, fosters high educational standards for social workers, and encourages membership from those who pursue excellence in scholarship and achievement within social work.

During the 2021-2022 academic year, Zeta Tau—the Mount St. Joseph University Chapter of Phi Alpha—will be creating a peer mentorship program at the Mount for incoming and transfer students.

For more information on Phi Alpha, click here.


Social Work Club:

Social Work Club provides a closer bond and connection among Mount students, promotes humanitarian goals and ideals on campus and in the community, and develops the talents of students in service to and for the greater good of the campus and surrounding community.

  Pathways to Graduate School
Build a Path to Graduate School Acceptance

Graduates from our BSW program have gone on to pursue their MSW at various institutions:

Campbellsville University

University of Cincinnati

Northern Kentucky University

University of Louisville, IUPUI

  Career Potential
What can you do with a BSW?

Take your Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and enroll in an advanced-standing, one-year Master of Social Work program or become a/an:

  • Aging services social worker
  • Child and youth service case manager
  • Counselor/therapist
  • Group Facilitator
  • Mental health care coordinator
  • Substance abuse counselor

Graduates from our BSW program have accepted offers of employment from the following institutions following graduation:

Talbert House

St. Vincent DePaul

Cabinet of Health and Family Services

Santa Maria


Alumni Profile:

Mark, a 2016 social work graduate, works at Ohio Valley Goodwill industries in the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) program. As a veteran himself who returned to college to complete his undergraduate degree, Mark was interested in working with fellow veterans. He completed his social work field placement at Goodwill and was hired upon graduation. As a licensed social worker (LSW), Mark works as a case manager to help veterans and their families locate safe and affordable housing while assisting the veteran with job development and placement. 

Thoughts from Social Work Students and Alumni

Since I graduated, I have attended NKU's Master of Social Work program. I will be pursuing a career with a private practice once my licensure exam is completed. My time at the Mount allowed me to ease back into school after being out for some time. I was able to take small classes and really focus on the things I needed to learn before moving forward into the career field. I love the social work field because there are so many avenues that can be pursued. I did my first field placement at Hamilton County job and family services but also learned about jobs in the medical field, substance use and addictions, working with at risk youth and now working with the veteran and first responder populations. You can find jobs with nonprofits or for profit organizations. There are so many opportunities to make positive change in our communities as social workers and that is my favorite part about this field. Michaela Terry '20
I have loved all of my social work classes, but my interview and assessments course has been my favorite because I learned so many skills that are useful in communicating with clients to provide the help they need, whether it be counseling. It has also opened my eyes to how important it is for social workers to be culturally competent. This is very important because growing up; I have interacted with professionals in many different careers that weren’t able to understand the struggles I faced as a minority. Seeing cultural competency embedded into social work courses made me very happy. Aluma Aguilar '21
My favorite memory from a social work class was when we attended Advocacy Day at the Capitol. Being provided the opportunity to speak with local legislators about our profession and laws that impact the community was priceless. India Williams '22


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News and Updates

Stay up to date with the most recent social work program news and events; visit the Department of Social Work page. 

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Additional Resources

  Undergraduate Tuition
  Program Requirements
  Curriculum Guide

Social Work Curriculum Guide

*Subject to change

  Accreditation Reports

The program is accredited by the National Council on Social Work Education. Graduates are prepared for entry-level professional positions, sitting for the Licensed Social Work (LSW) exam, and admission to graduate degree programs in social work and related fields. Many universities now offer advanced placement, waiving a number of graduate-level social work courses, for students who graduate from an accredited program.

2020-2021 Social Work Student Assessment Outcomes

2016-2017 Social Work Student Assessment Outcomes

2015-2016 Social Work Student Assessment Outcomes

Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council of Social Work Education