Social Work Program

“MHU's BSW program provided me with a thorough, well rounded, competitive education while encouraging me to grow personally and professionally. The hands on nature of the fieldwork coupled with the personalized feedback from my professors enabled me to build skill and confidence. I felt supported and encouraged every step of the way. The program's outstanding reputation in the community is deserved and is recognized as an asset by potential employers." -Jessie L. Fehl, BSW graduate 2006

The program identifies its primary educational objective as the preparation of students for generalist social work practice. The curriculum focuses on the values, knowledge, and skills requisite for generalist practice. Students learn to assist effectively various client systems (to include individual, family, group, neighborhood, and community). The social work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Some frequently asked questions:

What is CSWE accreditation?
To ensure professionalism, BSW and MSW programs must meet rigorous academic standards to gain and maintain nationally recognized accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Is the BSW program at Mars Hill University accredited?
Yes. The BSW program at MHU has been fully and continuously accredited by CSWE since 1978.

Do I need a master’s degree to become an entry level social worker?
No. In many cases a BSW is the main requirement for entry level practice.

What about graduate school?
Accredited BSW graduates are eligible for Advanced Standing in a Master’s of Social Work program if all other requirements are met. Advanced Standing allows students to complete their MSW in one year.