The Auburn University Social Work Program

Creating Solutions Out of Challenges

Social work is a practice profession and academic discipline dedicated to social welfare through scholarship, professional practice, and advocacy. The practice of social work requires the understanding of human development and behavior and how social, economic and cultural institutions interact with these factors.

Social workers are concerned with hands-on application of research and practice methods that promote engagement, assessment and intervention with individuals who are economically, physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged. A social worker may link people to tangible services; counsel individuals, families and groups; and help communities or groups provide services to improve quality of life.

Our Program

We offer a bachelor of arts in social work and a Master of Social Work (MSW). The BA degree and the MSW program are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

If you graduate from Auburn University with a social work degree (BSW or MSW), you may become licensed if you apply and pass the test for the bachelor's or master's level. Please visit the Office of Institutional Research for more information on professional licensure. 

As stated in the National Association of Social Workers Code and Ethics and consistent with the Auburn University Equal Opportunity Policy, we, the social work administration, faculty and staff:

  • Advocate for the elimination of any form of discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, political belief, mental or physical limitation, or socioeconomic status.
  • Are committed to teach, encourage, and promote an appreciation for an understanding of diversity in the Social Work Program at Auburn University, our profession, and our community.
  • Affirm the value of soliciting and incorporating diversity into all aspects of our educational experiences, our profession, and our personal lives as one way to enrich our total life experience individually and collectively as members of a world community.

Our Faculty

Our program includes twelve full-time faculty all of whom hold the terminal degree for the profession - the MSW degree. In addition, nine faculty hold doctoral degrees with expertise in homelessness, health and public health, disaster studies, children and families, mental health and environmental social work. Our clinical faculty have extensive practice expertise in child welfare, poverty, cultural competence, disabilities and medical social work. All of our faculty utilize civic engagement in their course work and serve on a variety of local, state and regional social service boards.