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Social work is a career in which you can make a meaningful difference in people's lives.

A-State's Social Work Program offers both Baccalaureate and Master's degrees and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.  Social Workers with the BSW degree engage in generalist practice and are employed in a variety of settings. Social Workers with the MSW degree are prepared for licensure and advanced practice in a clinical setting. Clinical Social Workers diagnose and treat more serious mental, behavioral, and emotional issues. There are many career opportunities for social workers, both BSW and MSWs, to work in a variety of settings including mental health clinics, schools, and hospitals.

The BSW graduates receive a professional degree that prepares students for generalist social work practice, which enables graduates to be licensed by the state. Having a BSW degree reduces the amount of time and expense required for a Master's degree as BSW graduates are eligible for a one year accelerated MSW program. A-State's graduate degree in social work emphasizes trauma infused cognitive behavioral therapy because research has shown that many life difficulties stem from early trauma, abuse, or neglect. Students can also complete a certificate in Addictions Studies while completing their MSW. Full and Part Time plans of study are offered. Both BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Child Abuse Awareness

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month. A-State Title IVE-E Academic Partnership for Public Child Welfare and A-State Social Work Department faculty, staff, and students are proud to bring awareness throughout the month of April and year-around.

Why a pinwheel?

As the symbol for child abuse prevention, the pinwheel represents hope, health and happiness. The pinwheel is a happy and uplifting symbol of childhood and represents our efforts to ensure the healthy development of children. The pinwheels serve as a reminder that we all have a responsibility to create communities that promote healthy environments for children.

To report suspected child abuse and neglect:


Assessment Reports

Social Work education is a competency based approach that prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values required for professional practice. The Department of Social Work systematically evaluates student achievement and development to assure that graduates are competent for generalist and advanced social work practice.

View the BSW assessment of Student Learning Outcomes >>

View the MSW assessment of Student Learning Outcomes >>

State Licensing Board

The Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board was created by Act 791 of 1981 for the purpose of regulating the practice of social work in Arkansas. The board sets the standards for qualifications, training, and experience while promoting high professional standards for social workers in the state.

Learn about licensing information and continuing education requirements >>
National Association of Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world.

Discover benefits of being a member >>
Student Resources

BSW Handbook

MSW Handbook

Community Engagement

Community Advisory Board