Social Work
Social Work
Department Information: 
2190 JFSB

The Master of Social Work program at Brigham Young University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The mission of the School of Social Work at Brigham Young University is to support the overall mission of BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by generating new knowledge and by educating and training students to use the appropriate knowledge, values and skills of the social work profession to serve children and families within their environment and the context of their specific cultures.

Director and Graduate Coordinator:  Gordon E. Limb Field Education Director:  Wendy Sheffield

Resources & Opportunity: 

The School of Social Work utilizes the Comprehensive Clinic, an interdisciplinary training and research facility. The facility houses state-of-the-art video and computer equipment, as well as a staff of skilled technicians and staff to support graduate student and faculty research.

Faculty research interests currently include: Aging; American Indian families and children; behavioral health of National Guard and Reserve military service members and their families, including resiliency, suicide interventions, perceived stigma, barriers to care and adequacy of interventions; health disparities and life transitions among at-risk, minority, and global youth populations; HIV prevention; HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa; intersectionality of poverty, education inequality and gender; mental health; migration and refugees; orphaned and vulnerable children; refugee resettlement; religion and spirituality; social work practice; substance abuse treatment; youth development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Certification and Licensure: MSW students can take courses that lead to a Gerontology certificate (Soc W 581), and School Social Work licensure (Soc W 580).

For a more detailed description of the graduate program requirements, see

Financial Assistance: 

The BYU School of Social Work offers the following financial aid opportunities: Full- and partial-tuition scholarships, paid research assistant positions, and internships paid by community agencies. Applicants should apply for admission and financial aid concurrently.  Notifications of financial aid will be included in the letter of acceptance.  Typically, MSW students are offered a financial aid package between $10,000-$20,000.