History of the School of Social Work

The School of Social Work offers both the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees.

The MSW program started in 1974, was initially accredited in 1976, and has been continuously accredited since that time. A Part-time program began at Southern Miss' Gulf Park Campus in 1996, and a part-time program was operated  in Tupelo from  1997 to 2003.

The BSW program achieved initial accreditation in 1996, and in the fall of 2005 a new fully on-site program was initiated at the Southern Miss' Gulf Park Campus

Directors of the school have included:
Lester Glick, 1974-1976
Shirley Jones, 1977-1987
Beulah Compton, 1988-1992
Earlie Washington, 1992-2000
Michael Forster, 2000-2008

Tim Rehner, 2008 - present


The school is located within the College of Health, one of five academic colleges at The University of Southern Mississippi. The College of Health includes the School of Human Performance and Recreation, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Center for Community Health, Center for Nutrition and Food Systems, Medical Technology and Social Work.