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Social Work Programs

Saint Louis University's social work programs prepare students to excel as social work leaders who engage on the frontlines addressing today’s most critical issues.

As a part of the College for Public Health and Social Justice, students in the social work programs will experience a curriculum that integrates knowledge and skills with field experience. Students will graduate ready to help individuals, families, groups and communities address challenges in their lives.

Social Work Classroom

No matter which program you choose, you’ll experience: 

  1. Small class sizes, making it easier for students to connect with professors and their peers. 
  2. Courses taught by full-time faculty.
  3. Practicum and service learning opportunities.
  4. An education that prepares you to excel in multidisciplinary practice settings including health, schools, criminal justice, and community-based settings.
Top 20%

School of Social Work’s ranking among all social work schools nationally by U.S. News & World Report in 2019.


Sites social work students can choose from to gain field experience.

Explore Your Options

Gain a Unique Perspective

The multidisciplinary School of Social Work offers degrees in criminal justice, applied behavior analysis and urban planning in addition to social work, allowing social work students to take elective courses in a wide-range of areas that provide them with a unique perspective and knowledge base not available in traditional social work programs.

The programs promote practice with an intentional focus on social justice integration. As a student in the program, you'll gain the foundational skills to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities faced with difficulties such as poverty, serious illness or disability.

Graduate Ready to Make a Difference

Courses in SLU’s social work program focus on critical thinking of complex issues that impact and transform social determinants of health for diverse communities, families and individuals. Hallmark classes on ethics and social justice prepare students to tackle the challenging issues and be leaders in the field.

Graduates of SLU's social work programs are prepared to serve humanity in a variety of capacities. From community action agencies like Assini Houses and Thomas Dunn Center, to service programs like the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, to direct work with clients and in clinical practice at places such as Places for People, Nurses for Newborns, Queen of Peace and St. Patrick's Center. SLU's social work graduates empower, enhance and advance individuals, families and communities.

Students may also consider continuing their education by pursuing doctoral degrees in social work or advanced degrees in related areas such as law, public policy and criminal justice.