Social Work practice grounded in a social justice ethos..
The Mission of the Master of Social Work Program at Governors State University is to prepare students to practice with a social justice ethos. Our social justice ethos is our guiding principle for challenging barriers and promoting access to political, social, and economic freedoms and rights. Students specialize in child and family practice or school social work practice. Students demonstrate proficiency in social work knowledge, values, and skill-based competencies to improve the well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Through policy and program development, students learn to promote and advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging with client populations.
Social Work Accreditation
The MSW program is fully accredited by the
Council on Social Work Education.
The Council on Social Work Education
333 John Carlyle Street Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457
Achieve your Master of Social Work degree in as little as one
year in our Advanced Standing MSW Program (32-credit hours). If you have not
completed a CSWE accredited BSW Program you may complete the Full MSW Program
in two years (60-credit hours). Both of these programs are delivered in a
flexible Full-Time or Part-Time delivery format.
See MSW Information Sessions available on CHHS page :
Social Work Outstanding Graduate Student
Jeanine Koger received the Social Work Department’s 2023 Outstanding Graduate Student Award for academic excellence, exemplary student leadership and community and university-wide service. Jeanine is a U.S. military veteran and has served the GSU community as a student representative on the Board of Trustee. She has been President of the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, and Treasurer of the Black Student Union. Her honors include President Obama’s Call to Service Award and the 2020 Illinois Lincoln Laureate Award.
Why get a Master’s Degree in Social Work?
Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. As an advanced generalist practitioner, you will learn to work collaboratively as a partner in “communities of resistance” and to advocate for change in oppressive institutional arrangements.
MSW Fact Sheet With Links
Meet Our Faculty
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MSW Curriculum and Required Preparation
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MSW Mission Statement
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Jaguar Success Guide
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MSW Fieldwork Information
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