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).

The CUAA BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, in conjunction with the CUW program in Mequon, WI. Students who are accepted in the on campus program complete their BSW program in 4 years. Introductory Social Work courses will be offered throughout the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years, with Upper Division courses beginning fall 2019. Check out the Curriculum page for more information.

Concordia is also now offering the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the Mequon, Wisconsin. The 2-year Master of Social Work degree is offered as a seated program with both full-time and part-time options available. Advanced standing for BSW graduates is also available. Please click here for more information.

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Why Study Social Work at CUAA?

CUAA 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 during their senior year. 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.

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.