Social Work students pose in front of a colorful wall
Students work at a clothing drive
Social Work student works with elderly
Young hands holding an elderly hand

Department News

Congratulations, Social Work Grads!

The Social Work Program extends its congratulations to the following Social Work majors who are graduating today: Jocelyn Bean Bailey Fullwiler Brad Gowins Sarah Hayes… Read more

Social Work Senior Field Experiences Wrap Up for 2016

Each spring, senior social work students complete a 500-hour in-agency internship during which students put into practice the skills they have learned throughout their time… Read more

Social Work Academic Achievement, Leadership & Service Honored

The Academic Honors Convocation and the Service and Leadership Awards Ceremony, two annual events that recognize the achievements of Ashland University students, faculty and staff,… Read more

Faculty Spotlight

Nancy Udolph
Professor Udolph has been a faculty member since 1988. She received her MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her undergraduate degree in psychology from...Read more

Alumni Spotlight

Leta Planz
Graduate Leta Planz currently works as a child and family therapist at Appleseed Community Mental Health Center. She chose social work because of broad future...Read more

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Contact Info

Brenda Rodeback
221 Kettering Science Building
Ashland,  OH 44805

Department Description

Reach your goals with a career in social work.

If you have a passion for helping others improve their lives and their communities, social work is an excellent choice.  As a licensed professional, you will have excellent job prospects in areas such as mental health, health, schools, community centers, family services, substance abuse and aging. Over 95 percent of our Social Work graduates in the last five years have either gotten a job or been accepted into a graduate school within six months of graduation. 

What You'll Love about AU's Social Work Program

  • Our program is very popular with employers. In the past five years, over 95 percent of our graduates have either gotten a job or been accepted into graduate school. Most who apply to graduate school in social work have received advanced standing allowing them to complete their master’s degree in less than the typical two years.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for social work professionals in fields like education, healthcare, and mental health will grow nearly 20 percent by 2022.
  • There are more than 40 internship agencies affiliated with the program.
  • Ashland Social Work graduates achieved over a 90 percent passage rate on the 2014 Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) licensing exam which far exceeds the national pass rate (78 percent) and the Ohio pass rate (83 percent) for bachelor’s degree students.
  • Our faculty members are highly experienced educators and field practitioners.
  • You’ll have opportunities to earn extra academic credits through service learning.
  • You will have many opportunities for agency service and internships.
  • Our program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1987.

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