Students in a classroom

University of Detroit Mercy's  Bachelor of Social Work program has a rich history of community service, advocacy and serving disadvantaged and vulnerable members of society. Our program is progressive and well respected in the professional community for graduating competent, ethical and skilled entry-level practitioners.



Great Things At Detroit Mercy

  • Our faculty are macro and clinical social workers that bring their professional experiences directly into the classroom through instruction
  • We offer flexible course scheduling, including day/evening, part-time and full-time study options.
  • We offer traditional face-to-face Social Work courses, as well as fully online and hybrid options.
  • Our students receive exposure to contemporary social issues through 400 hours of hands-on field practice experience completed over two semesters.
  • Our students come from a variety of culturally, ethically and economically diverse backgrounds and  experiences which enhance the overall academic experience for all.
  • Our students are involved in departmental governance by actively serving on our professional Advisory Board along with community leaders in the field of Social Work.
  • Our faculty are committed to student success and engage students in career planning and employment preparation prior to graduation
  • The individualized attention that our students receive in the classroom contributes to their success.
  • In the tradition of our Jesuit and Mercy sponsors, Detroit Mercy offers a great, well-rounded education. Our social work students are impassioned advocates for social justice and strong community leaders.

Your Boundless Future

The Bachelor of Social Work will prepare students for entry level positions such as child and family social workers, adoption counselors, school social workers, mental health counselors, healthcare social workers, substance abuse counselors, hospice workers or youth services. Many students go on to receive graduate degrees in social work which creates a limitless and diverse range of opportunities.

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics information for this profession.


Contact Info

Janet Joiner, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Social Work

Featured Alumnus

Mead Goedart, Detroit Mercy Social Work graduate

Mead Goedert, Ph.D. (BSW '06)
Psychotherapist, Private Practice
Detroit Mercy Social Work Advisory Board

“My social work education from Detroit Mercy left an ever-lasting impression on me. Being in the heart of Detroit, we, as students, were able to not just learn, but also witness, the impact of societal oppression on individuals and communities. These lessons have stuck with me throughout every aspect of my career.”

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