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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What is Social Work?

As practitioners, social workers are trained to help people address personal and systemic barriers to optimal living. They are employed to effect positive change with individuals, families, groups, and entire communities.

As a profession, social workers frequently use their collective power to pass laws and establish policies that give more people access to community services and benefits, improving the quality of life for everyone.

Social work is the only helping profession that requires social justice advocacy as part of its professional code of ethics and is, therefore, a large workforce mandated to advance the rights of the most vulnerable in society. For more than 120 years, the social work profession in the United States has helped bend the arc of justice, making our nation a more equitable and inclusive place.

There are more than 700,000 professional social workers employed in the United States and more than three million worldwide. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics continues to identify social work as one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States.

Other government sources report there are more clinically trained social workers providing mental health and behavioral health services than any other professional discipline in the nation.

Social workers are on the front lines, helping people overcome crises. In fact, social workers are everywhere people need help navigating tough life challenges. They contribute to interdisciplinary care teams in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, nonprofits, corporations, the military—and in local, state, and federal government. Many social work professionals also own private consultation practices.

Mission Statement of the MSJ Social Work Program 

The mission of the Mount St. Joseph University's social work program is to prepare students to have the knowledge, values, and skills of generalist social work practice in order for them to competently and ethically provide service to society’s most vulnerable people as well as leadership in the social service agencies that work to alleviate poverty, injustice, and oppression. Through emphasis on service, excellence in teaching, and applied research, the program aims to develop graduates who value diversity and who understand the need for life-long learning in the changing local, national, and global contexts of social work practice.

MSJ Social Work Program Goals

  1. To prepare social work students to competently serve client systems at the micro, mezzo, and macros levels of practice, with the ability to work in varied contexts of the social work profession, and to recognize the changing nature of these contexts by incorporating new research and evidence-based techniques into their practice settings.
  2. To enhance social work students' intercultural competence, particularly students' ability (1) to engage in diversity and difference in practice, and (2) to advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  3. To promote the application of social work competencies in ongoing community engagement, service to others, and social responsibility.
  4. To prepare students to apply the knowledge, ethical principles, values, and competencies of a generalist practice social worker within various community settings.

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

Field Education

  What is it?

Real-World Learning:

Fieldwork provides on-the-job learning experience under close supervision by a faculty member and an agency professional. A variety of agencies in the Greater Cincinnati region serve as fieldwork sites, including mental health facilities, crisis centers for domestic violence, homeless shelters, community service agencies, foster care programs, and nursing homes.


As a part of the BSW experience, students have the unique opportunity of putting what they have learned into action. Field Education sets Social Work from other helping professions, as this is not just an internship but an opportunity to work under the guidance of a Social Worker and demonstrate competency in the areas of focus while in the field.  This experience provides the student real social work experience prior to graduation and allows them to explore the populations they may want to work with in the future.  This is where you get start making social change even before you graduate.

  Community Partners

Students have had the honor and privilege of partnering with various community partners during their time in practicum.  These community partners serve a wide variety of individuals, communities, and systems.  These partners are pivotal to social work education and we are thankful for their ongoing investment in our students and our communities.

Be Concerned
Brighton Center
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Glad House Logo Glad House
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St. Vincent Depaul Logo St. Vincent DePaul of Cincinnati
Talbert House Logo Talbert House
YCWA Logo YWCA of Greater Cincinnati


Learn more about what our Social Work faculty, staff, and students are doing to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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.

Program and Career Outcomes

  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. 

  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

Social Work Program Details

  Social Work Major

While working toward your BSW,  you will have an opportunity to take courses that will increase your knowledge and prepare you to apply the functional knowledge of the Social Work profession. These classes take on hard questions about diversity, social change, ethical interactions, inventions, and engagement with people, communities, and systems.

Social Work Program Requirements


  Addictions Minor

Have you ever thought about helping those who are living with a substance use disorder? Is there a possibility that you may engage an individual who is living with a substance use disorder in your future professions?  Are you interested in learning the answers to questions like “Why can’t they just stop?” or “What does the brain really look like on drugs?”  Then this may be the minor for you.

Addictions Minor Program Requirements
  Gerontology Minor

The gerontology minor provides students with knowledge of the aging process and aging resources. It uses an interdisciplinary approach to both understand and assist older adults. Students planning to work as direct service providers to older adults, such as social workers, nurses, therapists, and other positions in the behavioral, social and health sciences as well as administrators and support staff will find that knowledge of this population is advantageous. In addition, the information within the gerontology minor is beneficial to all students on a personal level in assisting aging family members and relatives with physical and mental health issues in making decisions and determining appropriate courses of action.

This program is especially relevant when looking at the trends in the population growth of older adults in the future. According to the Administration on Aging, the U.S. older adult population is expected to grow to 21.6% by 2040. The 85+ population is expected to increase to 14.4 million in 2040 (a 123% increase from 6.5 million in 2018). The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the number of older adults will increase from 35 million in 2020 to 94.7 million in 2060. 

Gerontology Minor Program Requirements

  Non-Profit Leadership Minor
  Sociology Minor

The sociology minor allows students to explore a wide range of topics, including social groups, pressing social problems, major social institutions, and key social inequalities. The courses provide multiple viewpoints, from studying the intimate interactions of families and small groups, to the complex interactions of global economies and political alliances. Requiring a minimum of 18 credits in sociology, including Our Social World (SOC 103), Race, Class, and Gender (SOC 202), and Sociological Theories (SOC 370), students have considerable flexibility in choosing a set of courses that best fit their career interests and intellectual curiosities.

Sociology Minor Program Requirements

Advisory Board

Mary E. Reid JD, MSW, LISW

Social Services Director Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati District Council

Angela Knighten

MSW, LSW Hamilton County ESC Early Learning Program

Darlene Guess

MSOL, MSW, LSW Director of Support Services - Tender Mercies

Mark Fallon

LSW Community Case Manager - Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana

Rose Giovanetti

MSW, LSW Social Worker in Foster Care & Adoptions - Beech Acres Parenting Center

Meredith Ramler

EdD, MSW, LISW, M.S. Health Education Assistant Professor - Gateway Community and Technical College

Jane Van Coney

LSW, C-SWCM, SW-G Case Manager - CareStar

Dr. Neisha Wiley

MSW LSW Assistant Professor - Northern Kentucky University

News and Updates

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

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Additional Resources

  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

Department Page

Department of Sociology & Social Work

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