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The Winston-Salem State University Department of Social Work is nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and offers the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree (a professional degree). The BSW, an entry level degree, affords graduates a variety of career options as students learn skills that can be transferred to a variety of settings.

The Winston-Salem State University Department of Social Work is nationally recognized as a program of EXCELLENCE.  The majority of Winston-Salem State University social work majors that apply to MSW programs enter graduate school with “advanced standing” status.  Advanced standing affords students the opportunity to complete the MSW degree in one year (versus two years).

In 2019, 92% of students that applied to MSW programs were granted admission (North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Indiana State University, North Carolina Central University, Tulane University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University Joint MSW Program, Fayetteville State University and Appalachian State University). Of the 92% accepted, 80% were accepted with advanced standing status and will complete the MSW degree in 11 months.

Students majoring in social work learn about human behavior and development, research and evaluation, social policy, cultural diversity, problem-solving methods, community development and resources, advocacy, ethics, law, professional values, and interprofessional collaboration.

Programs of Study

Social Work


Students’ advocacy efforts and promotion of social justice initiatives brought about change in several areas across the campus. Social work student advocacy efforts have addressed use of technology to answer social problems, sanitation concerns, the need for increased support and services to students with parenting roles, Title IX, environmental barriers and accessibility, healthy food options on campus, and the list goes on. WSSU social work students are committed to advocacy and social justice and have a skill set that brings about change in the communities where they live.

Social Work Student Organizations

Social Work Club

The purpose of the club is to involve social work students in service and issues of mutual concern. On a regular basis, meetings are held with an exciting program planned. Membership fees are minimal and students are strongly encouraged to participate in the various activities of the organization. Students may obtain an application from any officer of the club or advisor Douglas Bates -

Phi Alpha Honor Society

The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor National Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. For more information about membership, contact any officer or club advisor Douglas Bates -

Winston-Salem State University’s Bachelors of Social Work (B. S. W.) meets the educational requirements for professional social work certification/licensure (at the bachelor's level) in all states and is accredited by The Council on Social Work Education.  Please use the link below for more specific information related to state requirements for social work practice certification/licensure at the bachelor's level.

Social Work Regulation