Social Work

Social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the country. The profession is expected to grow by 12% between 2014 and 2024. It is expected that an additional 74,800 Social Workers will be needed to meet the demand for professional Social Workers.

Social Workers are highly trained professionals who graduate from Social Work programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Social Work degrees are earned at three levels in higher education, the bachelor degree (BSW), master’s degree (MSW), and at the doctoral level (Ph.D. or DSW).

CUW offers a CSWE accredited BSW program that is nationally recognized. Students who are accepted in the on campus program complete their BSW program in 4 years. In July 2015, CUW began offering an accelerated BSW program for adults seeking to complete their BSW. This program is offered at Concordia's Green Bay and Miller Park Way Accelerated Learning Centers. Click here for more information on CUW's Accelerated Learning options.

An MSW program will be established in the near future. The 2-year Master of Social Work degree will be offered at the Mequon campus as a seated program with both full-time and part-time options available. Advanced standing for BSW graduates will also be available. Pending program approval, the first cohort will begin in the fall of 2017.

Why Study Social Work at CUW?

CUW's main campus is located in a small suburban community on the banks of Lake Michigan approximately 20 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee. CUW is a Christian university that is sensitive to the needs of students. The Social Work program is recognized for its small class size and attention to quality education. BSW students complete two semesters in a field internship of their choice. The internship experience is complete with a field seminar and mentoring opportunities with seasoned professionals. The internship requirement gives BSWs training that helps prepare them for their first professional position and gives them the cutting edge experience that employers are looking for.

As a department in the School of Health Professions (SHP), BSW students at the main campus have the opportunity to participate in Inter-Professional Education (IPE) with students in the other health care professions. These activities prepare students for inter-professional activities encountered in real world practice.

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Program Goals

  • Prepare students for professional generalist practice.
  • Prepare students for practice within the nine areas of competency as defined by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • Encourage students to draw on the foundations of Christianity in faith, service, and social justice, and to provide leadership in the provision of service and solidarity for all persons, especially marginalized or oppressed groups.
  • Develop students with strong practice skills built on the knowledge base of the profession.  
  • Support students in their understanding of and ability to apply the NASW Code of Ethics when practicing, and in their understanding of the relationship between the code of ethics and Christianity.
  • Prepare students who can apply research and/or evidence-based practice in practice settings, and in evaluating the effectiveness of practice and programs.