JSU_0235(1)Dr. Kristie Lipford, Assistant Professor of Social Work, was selected to work with undergraduate students on a research project funded through the Center for Undergraduate Research for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. 






Dr. Wendy Thompson's Policy Class Discusses Initiative 42

Master of Social Work students in Dr. Wendy Thomson's Social Policy recently had a speaker to discuss the hot policy topic surrounding Initiative 42. Proponents of the initiative are seeking to adequately fund public eduation.  Ms. Amber Thomas with Better Jobs and Better Schools spoke to the class on the importance of funding public education and how it impacts social welfare.



Congratulations are extended to Benetra Mangum-Johnson! She successfully defended her dissertation, Exploring Sources of Empowerment among Caregivers of Children with Disabilities and Educational Professionals: Parental Involvement in the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) Process on September 18th. 

Mission of the School of Social Work

The School of Social Work provides educational opportunities for a diverse group of students to earn degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Students learn the knowledge, skills, values, and ethics of the profession of social work in a supportive academic environment. The School produces graduates who apply their knowledge and skills to improve the Urban quality of life in Mississippi, the nation, and the world. Through their work, graduates empower vulnerable individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Graduates are expected to demonstrate serious concern for economic, political, and social justice through practice, continuing education, and research.

Academic Programs

The School offers three programs: Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work, and Ph.D. in Social Work.

Bachelor of Social Work
Master of Social Work
Ph.D. Program in Social Work


The Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work Programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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The Ph.D. in Social Work Program is affiliated with the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education (GADE).

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The School also houses two research and training institutes.

Southern Institute for Mental Health Advocacy, Research and Training (SMHART)
Mississippi Child Welfare Institute


Gwendolyn Spencer Prater Scholarship