About the School of Social Work

The School of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi has provided quality graduate social work education for over  40 years.  The MSW Program within the School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and has been continuously accredited since 1976. 

Undergraduate social work education has long been associated with USM with social work courses available as early as 1960.  The BSW Degree Program was awarded full accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education in February, 1996, and has been continuously accredited ever since.

Social Workers are professionals who graduate from a CSWE accredited institution and have passed licensure. 

Professional social workers use a wide variety of empirically-based methods to help individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities to solve a broad range of problems.  Social Work students, graduates and licensed professionals strive to enhance the quality of life for all people.  We empower the voiceless, we promote the values of:  social justice, economic justice, physical and mental well being.  Professional social workers are employed in many settings, including:


  • Home Health
  • Child and Family Welfare
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Family Violence
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Public Welfare
  • Corrections and the Court Systems
  • Public Health
  • Community Organizers and Organizations
  • Public and Private School Systems
  • Early Childhood Education Centers
  • Adoption
  • Youth Services
  • Disaster Management and Response Agencies
  • Armed Forces
  • International Relief Organizations
  • Gerontology
  • Medical Centers
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Political Action