Our degree programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, Alexandria, Virginia. St. Cloud State is part of the seven-university Minnesota BSW Consortium, which supports bachelor’s-level social workers pursuing public child welfare careers in rural Minnesota.
The mission of the BSW program at St. Cloud State University is to use an anti-oppressive lens for all dimensions of diversity, with a focus on race, class, poverty, sexuality and gender, to inform the environmental context of generalist social work education and practice. Faculty, staff and students commit to building on a strong Liberal Arts education, an experiential and transformative learning process, and valuing evidence-based practice that incorporates the core values of the social work profession. We empower our students to think critically, analyze, and [actively] challenge systemic inequalities in the United States and the world. This process will prepare professional generalist social workers to be change agents in a diverse world.
The Master of Social Work degree prepares graduates to think critically and work collaboratively in the social services profession.
The mission of the MSW program is to engage students in an educational program that prepares them to think critically and evaluate practice and programs and contribute to the body of social work knowledge through active research. Students will be prepared to work effectively and collaboratively as professional social workers to enhance human well-being and promote economic, political and social justice in a diverse and global society. Using justice centered and community-based practice approaches, the MSW program will prepare social work professionals at the advanced generalist level who can practice across a variety of social service settings.