Social Work

Why major in social work at Elms College?

Social work is a rapidly growing and challenging profession that offers you the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives, from inmates to ambassadors. Elms College has recognized the need for trained social work professionals for more than 25 years. We have the oldest accredited undergraduate program of its kind in western Massachusetts and are widely known and respected for graduating outstanding social workers.

We offer both a traditional and weekend program to meet the growing demand for social workers, as well as degree completion programs on the campuses of Springfield Technical Community College and Greenfield Community College, and in the Berkshires. This provides an option for students who work, or are in situations that do not permit attendance in the traditional day program.

Our program stands alone because of our emphasis on experiential learning, which complements your in-class work, challenges you to employ the skills you have learned, and prepares you for life after Elms. We offer opportunities for full-time internships, independent research, and presentations at professional conferences. Our students lead and participate in community service programs locally and nationally.


What can I do with a social work degree?

Upon completion of the Elms College social work degree, you are eligible to take the Massachusetts exam to become a licensed social worker. We offer a preparation course for the exam. The majority of our graduates secure jobs in social work upon–or before–graduation. Many of our graduates choose to continue their education and complete a master's degree.

Meet Social Work program graduates

Christina Vernon thumb

Turning Field Work into a Career

Christina Vernon
Class of 2015


Marisabel Santiago

Taking a Risk to Make a Difference

Marisabel Santiago
Class of 2014




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