The Department of Social Work at Governors State University instills a unique and empowering philosophy in its students.


Employment of social workers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations. About 74,700 openings for social workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social Workers.
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Our programs — the Bachelor and Master of Social Work — are dedicated to the idea that social justice and human rights go hand-in-hand. Our curriculum is dedicated to the idea that the citizens of our communities — those who are vulnerable and marginalized —deserve the care and dignity they need to live full and fulfilling lives.

Our mandate is to work with communities to fight the dehumanizing effects of poverty. Our goal is to eliminate oppression of every kind - conscious and unconscious biases.

By choosing to study Social Work at GSU, you've shown that you are ready to take an active role in changing your community; you’re ready to advocate for children and families; you believe that social work should be grounded in an uncompromising social justice ethos. You've come to the right place! 


The College's Master and Bachelor of Social Work degree programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).