Social work is a profession for those with a passion to help others. Social work practice consists of the professional application of social work values, principles and techniques to one or more of the following ends: helping people obtain tangible services; providing counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families and groups; helping communities or groups provide or improve social and health services; and participating in relevant legislative processes.
The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social, economic and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of these factors. Many social workers specialize in serving a particular population or working in a specific setting, such as hospitals, schools, private practices, correctional facilities, community mental health agencies and substance abuse treatment centers.
Graduates of the Social Work major from The Ohio State University will:
- use social work values and ethics to guide professional practice.
- apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment to guide practice at multiple levels.
- possess knowledge and skills for working effectively with diverse and vulnerable populations.
- analyze social policy; promote social, economic and environmental well-being; and challenge injustice.
- employ empirical evidence to inform, evaluate and improve practice.
- develop a professional identity, with a commitment to life-long learning.
Students who pursue a degree in social work have a broad range of career possibilities. Graduates are prepared to work in careers such as aging and gerontology, child and family welfare, developmental disabilities, domestic violence, health care, homelessness, justice and corrections, international social work, mental health, policy and planning, school social work, and substance abuse treatment. Social workers are administrators, therapists, community organizers, educators,and researchers. They work with a diverse population, helping people in large cities and in small communities.
An MSW degree prepares students for advanced practice and is necessary to provide mental health counseling in most states.
Some students use the undergraduate social work major as preparation for various other graduate and professional programs including business, law, medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy and public health.
Both Ohio State’s BSSW and MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
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- Human Biology
- First writing course
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to Sociology
- Introduction to Social Welfare
- Introduction to Social Work
- Lifespan Development
- Minority Perspectives
- Social Work Survey or equivalent
- 48 months
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DisciplinesSocial Work View 575 other Masters in Social Work in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Successful completion of university preparatory courses
- High school performance (class rank or GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB; Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA
- Standardized test score (ACT or SAT); Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for ACT or SAT scores
- Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community
- Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement(e.g., co-curricular activities, work experiences or military service)
- Status as a first-generation university student
- High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors
International36430 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 36430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
National33502 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 33502 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
In-State11508 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 11508 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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