Social work is a profession committed to enhancing human well-being and helping those in need, especially vulnerable populations. Currently, the demand for social workers exceeds the supply. This need is expected to grow exponentially in the next decade, specifically within the state of California. “It is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social workengages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing. The above definition may be amplified at national and/or regional levels” (International Federation of Social Workers, 2020).
Our MSW program graduates will be prepared to meet these needs and find employment opportunities in a variety of fields.The MSW program can be completed in one to two years, is an Advanced Generalist track and will successfully prepare students for a variety of career specific requirements. Successful completion of the MSW degree requires 900 hours of field work. The program offers many options for completing this requirement with organizations that serve marginalized populations throughout the Inland Empire, including school districts, foster care agencies and inmate services. Strong community connections, community presence and community service are central to the program.
CBU’s Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree is a professional doctorate that equips candidates with advanced training and practice skills in social work, which are essential for leadership in community and faith-based organizations; social policy advocacy; and practice mastery. The DSW is a great degree for master’s level practitioner-professionals who are looking to transition into higher education, promote into higher leadership and management roles, and/or advance research and innovative practice paradigms that lead to community wellness and social change. The CBU DSW program focuses on three areas: (1) community engagement and social innovation, (2) Christ-centered justice, and (3) global leadership.