Department of Social Work | Springfield College

Department of Social Work

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Are you passionate about a career in social work?

This program prepares students for practice with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities in a variety of areas such as adult mental health, child welfare/child mental health, school social work, and gerontology and for direct practice, supervision, administration, and public policy activities. The complexity of the field is increasing in response to the rapid pace of societal change. 

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Social workers get a great education at Springfield College.

At Springfield College Department of Social Work, we are guided by the Humanics mission of educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others. Our social work graduates take this mission and implement it into their practice, developing a holistic approach to social work through the advanced general practice curriculum.

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The Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) prepares students for professional, responsible, ethical, and competent entry-level generalist social work practice in a wide range of settings. Students who earn an undergraduate degree in social work from an accredited program qualify for advanced standing into a Master of Social Work (MSW) program, allowing them to complete their master's in one year.

Offered full-time, weekdays at the main campus in Springfield, Mass.

Learn more about the BSW program

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The Springfield College master of social work (MSW) program provides students with the education and experience needed to make a difference in the field of social work. Hands-on experience and faculty members who are recognized for their work locally, nationally, and internationally for their work, provide students with a well-rounded social work education.

Offered weekdays, weekends, and evenings, in Springfield and Worcester, Mass.

Full-time and part-time options available

Learn more about the MSW program

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This program is available to highly qualified bachelor of social work graduates. Candidates who are accepted to this program have courses from the foundational phase of the standard MSW program waived because of evidence of mastery of their first-year competencies in their CSWE-accredited BSW programs.

Offered weekdays, weekends, and evenings, in Springfield and Worcester, Mass.

Full-time and part-time options available

Learn more about the MSW Advanced Standing program

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Social work and legal issues intersect in the private and public domains. In conjunction with the Western New England University School of Law, the Springfield College School of Social Work and Behavioral Sciences has developed a dual master of social work/juris doctor (MSW/JD) degree program that provides students with the opportunity to complete both degrees within four, rather than five years if the degrees were pursued separately.

This program requires full-time study.

Learn more about the MSW/JD Dual Degree


Practicum Education

Practicum education at Springfield College is a vital part of the social work curriculum. The practicum sequence serves as the link between knowledge gained in the classroom and the practice of social work from a generalist perspective. Learn more.


Springfield College is happy to provide guidance regarding licensure. Learn more about how to get licensed.

Additional Resources

View additional resources, including the student handbook, current schedules, and advising sheets here.

Explore the Brennan Center.
The Department of Social Work is at 45 Island Pond Road, about two miles from the main campus in Springfield. It features multiple classrooms, an auditorium, and faculty offices to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for careers in counseling, human services, psychology, and offers programs that are student centered, community focused, and committed to diversity and social justice.

Financing Your Education

Fellowships and Scholarships

Explore fellowships and scholarships available to you.

Financial Aid

Federal grants and loans are available. Click here for more information.

Loan Forgiveness

The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-MA) published an informative article about loan forgiveness/repayment with information about available programs, advice on applying, and web links. Read the article at