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Students work at a clothing drive
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Department News

Social Work Department's Outstanding Performance

Social Work Department’s Outstanding Performance ​​ Ashland University had a 100% passing rate of its licensure exam in 2016 according to The Association of Social… Read more

Spring 2017 Job/Internship/Graduate School Fair

Spring 2017 Job/Internship/Graduate School Fair Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in Upper Convo. There will be over 50 organizations signed up… Read more

Alison Bartholomew, Intern with Christian Children's Home of Ohio

Alison Bartholomew is an intern at Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO). The goal of the home is to provide a safe and stable environment… Read more

Faculty Spotlight

Professor Nancy Udolph
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1988 and serves as Field Director and Associate Professor of Social Work specializing in micro-practice courses and international social work...Read more

Alumni Spotlight

Julie Piercefield
Graduate Julie Piercefield, MSW, LSW, currently works as a behavior support specialist at the Nisonger Center on the medical center and The Ohio State...Read more

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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.

In Their Own Words

See what people are saying about our programs.
Julie Piercefield
“Ashland provided an environment where the professors knew me by name and took a genuine interest in my well-being and my success not only while in the program, but also in my career after graduating.”
Julie Piercefield, MSW, LSW ‘09
Leta Planz
This accreditation helped me to get into the ASAP Master's Program and complete my Master's in twelve months. Simply put, all of my classes were beneficial.
Leta Planz, '09
Lisa Hamer Jenkins
“I wanted a program where I would know my professors and they would know me, a program where we would sit in small groups and have detailed discussions, a program where I would be able to discover myself and the social worker I wanted to be.”
Lisa Hamer Jenkins, ‘95
Krista Asher
“The Cleveland homeless weekend was a unique experience and not one that my work colleagues got to experience, as they did not attend AU.”
Krista Asher ‘98
Hillary Krause
“The professors and advisors not only care about your education, but your personal success as individuals.”
Hillary Krause, ‘14
Alexandria Higgins
“Being involved in the Social Work Club has given me the opportunity to work in the surrounding community, network with professionals and build stronger relationships with my classmates.”
Alexandra Higgins, ‘14
Hillary Falter
“This program has changed me for the better, and I am so blessed to have this opportunity.”
Hillary Falter, ‘14
Liz Marconi
“What I love most about being a Social Work major at Ashland is the personal connection between the students and the professors.”
Liz Marconi ’14
Jennifer Tenbrook
“The Social Work program] is more than just sitting in a classroom. There are many hands-on experiences for students which start at the very beginning of the program.”
Jennifer Tenbrook, ‘14
“…The program prepared me well to go onto the advanced standing social work program in graduate school by providing me with a good solid base of social work education and principles.”
Emily Lowe, MSSA, LISW-S, ‘03