USF Social Work Degree

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University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois!

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USF’s social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, offering quality bachelor’s and master’s degrees and certificates to students in relevant social work disciplines. If you’re passionate about making a difference in the world by helping others and affecting social change, the University of St. Francis will prepare you for a fulfilling career!

Through education, service and leadership, the USF social work program prepares students to become social workers who are committed to social and economic justice while working with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. The program aims to prepare culturally conscious leaders to ethically and competently serve and work alongside diverse populations, using social work values and evidence-based methods of intervention to effect change at all levels.


The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is designed for those who wish to make a career out of helping others improve their lives and reach their highest potential. BSW students develop skills that will give them the skills they need to be a competent, compassionate social worker and to make a difference in today’s multicultural world.

The Master of Social Work (MSW) is critical to professional success in the social work field. Those earning an MSW degree have increased competency, leadership skills, and opportunities for career advancement as they pursue one of two concentrations: Advanced Generalist or School Social Work. 

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology provides students the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of elderly individuals and their families.

USF’s graduate certificate in Gerontology allows students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline—or who have appropriate experience—to obtain a greater understanding of gerontology theory and research for the aging population.

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