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Department of Social Work


Why University of Minnesota Duluth Social Work Program?  

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"
- Nelson Mandela

The University of Minnesota Duluth Social Work Program will provide you with the essential skills and knowledge you need to work in the field of social work, while offering opportunities for personal growth and development. Our generalist (BSW) and advanced generalist (MSW) programs are designed to prepare you for social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities, equipping you with a broad base of skills that provide multiple options for a career within the field of social work. With a focus on cultural competence, social justice and working with American Indian communities, the UMD Social Work Program uniquely prepares you to promote human well-being and work effectively within the diverse world in which we live.  Both programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

We offer a dedicated faculty and smaller program size

Our outstanding, dynamic and dedicated faculty are involved in scholarly pursuits, practice and community service and are committed to student centered learning and student success. Faculty have designed programs that support the working professional.   Our smaller class sizes allow students to work closely with faculty and take advantage of leadership and research opportunities unique to the student’s interests.

We provide opportunities for students interested in child welfare

The Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies (link to center page)) within the Department of Social Work offers Child Welfare Stipends to BSW and MSW students committed to working in the field of child welfare.  Our American Indian Child Welfare (ICWA) stipend program prepares Master’s level students for leadership in tribal child welfare.  Faculty, staff and students within the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies also work directly in partnership with tribal communities in Northern Minnesota.

We are part of a larger Community

The University of Minnesota Duluth, overlooks Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world.  Voted the “Best Outdoor Town in America” in 2014 by Outdoor Magazine,  Duluth is the gateway to the north woods in an urban area of 86,000 people, with excellent recreational and cultural activities.

Social Work Day at the Capitol