Prospective Students

Poster with Julianna Sellwood smiling. Poster text: "I was attracted to UMD's Social Work program because of its hands on learning in the field. This program allows us to channel our passion for change early on in our social work career"

Why pursue a degree in social work?

Social work is much more than a profession. For those passionate about advocacy and social justice, it’s a way to live your values and make a real difference in people’s lives. Social workers inspire hope and empower others by:

  • Helping individuals and families find solutions to life’s challenges.
  • Bringing communities together.
  • Advancing policy changes that promote human well-being.  

There are diverse career possibilities within the field of social work, from providing direct service to administering programs and conducting research.

To find out more about the social work profession visit the National Association of Social Workers website.


Social Work Day at the Capitol

At this annual trip to Minnesota’s Capitol, you’ll have an opportunity to take action and lobby legislators about the issues you’re passionate about.