History & Overview

Welcome to Morgan State University's School of Social Work. The school was originally formed in 1969, it was known as the Undergraduate Social Welfare Program in the Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts. It was not until 1975 that the program received departmental status and the name was changed to Department of Social Work. The social work program received approval by the Council on Social Work Education in 1971. In 1975, it became one of the first undergraduate programs in the country to receive accreditation by this body. The department has continually received re-accreditation since that time. In 2007 the department reached new growth and expanded to add a Masters and PhD program. Both programs have adapted the rich tradition of enhancing the knowledge base of future social workers and leaders in America with a specific interest in specializing in urban areas. Pursuant to the department’s continuing efforts to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of academic programs, effective November 16, 2009 the department of social work was restructured to become a school.

Since the first class earning the B.A. degree graduated in 1971, students completing the undergraduate degree in social work have gone on to distinguished careers in social work and other related disciplines. Social agencies located in the Baltimore-Metropolitan area employ numerous Morgan social work graduates. These agencies include Baltimore City Public Schools, hospitals, psychiatric programs, corrections facilities, child welfare agencies, and agencies that provide services to the elderly. In addition, approximately thirty-three percent of the students receiving the bachelor's degree in social work from Morgan go on the graduate studies in social work within two years of receiving the BSW.

Please review our missions, values, and objectives, as well as the information provided within each of the departments' three program handbooks: BSW handbook, MSW handbook, and the PhD handbook.