Academic Programs

School of Social Work and Sociology

The Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology offers a bachelor of social work degree (BSW), a master of social work degree (MSW) and a doctor of social work degree (DSW). Contact Academic Advisement if you have questions: (509) 527-2132.

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Social Work Major (Bachelor of Social Work)

The degree in social work is designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice in a variety of practice settings and graduate study. Supervised field education experience in selected social work agencies is an integral part of the program. The Bachelor of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

Candidates for social work are selected on the basis of scholarship, ethical conduct, awareness of diverse issues, and a commitment to social and economic justice. In addition to completing the requirement for the Bachelor of Social Work, students must be accepted into candidacy in the junior year to continue in the program. Criteria for acceptance include a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in core requirements.

Students who graduate from this program are eligible to enter our Masters of Social Work degree with advanced standing and complete the program in four quarters (12 months) instead of 6. 

See course requirements for Social Work (B.S.W.)
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Social Welfare Minor

See course requirements for Social Welfare Minor

Sociology Minor

See course requirements for Sociology Minor

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Graduate students choose to study at Walla Walla University because of our rigorous and challenging curricula designed to enhance critical thinking and develop practical skills. They come because of our accredited graduate education in an environment where people care about you and your personal and professional success. Our program provides you with on-the-job skills that employers are looking for in new graduates. Small classes give ample opportunity for involvement with other students from diverse backgrounds. The MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Learn more about the Masters of Social Work Program (M.S.W.)

Doctor of Social Work (D.S.W.)

The mission of the D.S.W. program is to develop experienced social work practitioners into outstanding educators and leaders who engage in the dissemination of scholarly knowledge to invigorate social work practice and advance social justice. Our program is the only D.S.W. program in the Pacific Northwest. Study with us to earn your D.S.W. degree and enjoy a low student-to-faculty ratio. 

Learn more about the Doctor of Social Work Program (D.S.W.)