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College of Health Sciences


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.

Administration/Program Directors

Welcome to the School of Social Work at Jackson State University. Thank you for your interest in our School. We offer three degrees: Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work, and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work for individuals interested in social work practice, education and research. The bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The doctoral program is affiliated with the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work.

If you are considering enrolling in one of our social work programs, we would be happy to discuss the profession and the School. We encourage you to browse our website and let us know if additional information is needed about our programs or the School.

Richards, Kristin
Associate Professor/Program Director- B.S.W. Program
College of Business, 4th floor, Room 429
601-979-2632 (Office)
601-979-9201 (Fax)
Brown, Terrell
Associate Professor/Program Chair- M.S.W. Program
Universities Center, Room 3-18
601-979-8875 (Office)
Research Interests: Dr. Brown’s research focuses on Health Disparities particularly on understanding the numerous factors that influence health-promoting behaviors of HIV infected middle-aged African American men and HIV & STD risk factors among vulnerable populations who may be incarcerated, homeless, or mentally ill, and has a particular interest in the role of spirituality and religion on physical and mental health. His interests and publications have broadly included aging and diversity issues; ethno-gerontology, health and well-being, HIV/AIDS, cancer health disparities, social work education, and social welfare policy.
Jenkins, Patrice
Associate Professor/ Interim Program Chair- Ph.D. Program
Universities Center, Room 3-11
601-979-8897 (Office)
Research Interests: Drinking behaviors among African American College Students, Collaborative Care for Victims of Sex Trafficking, Suicide Rates among African American Teenagers


Bring Change In The Community
The School of Social Work Program seeks to prepare students to become leaders in enhancing the quality of life and seeking solutions to social problems. It is particularly concerned with the consequences of injustice, and thus focuses on the empowerment of at-risk populations and the advancement of social, economic, and political justice in all communities. The program is especially committed to increasing students’ understanding and appreciation of diverse life experiences. 


The School of Social Work is especially committed to increasing students’ understanding and appreciation of diverse life experiences. While guiding both traditional and nontraditional students from varied backgrounds toward professional careers in social work, the program seeks to provide special support and sensitivity to students with the potential for success in this field.

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


Gain real-world experience expanding outside of the classroom. Learn how to succeed by facing real challenges within the community


School of Social Work graduates have a plethora of career options after studying ……:

Health Educator Habilitation Specialist Outreach Worker Research Assistant
Social Work Intern Program Specialist Case Manager Child Welfare Specialist


The School of Social Work houses the Mississippi Child Welfare Institute.

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For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-2631.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.

School of Social Work


Bachelor of Social Work Program: Main Campus- College of Business- 4th Floor

Graduate Programs: Universities Center- 3825 Ridgewood Road- Suite 3


Associate Dean’s Office (601) 979-8896

B.S.W. Program (601) 979-2631

M.S.W. & Ph. D. Programs (601) 979-8869