Social Work at USD

Make a difference in your community.

Social work is a profession for those with a passion for social justice and a desire to improve people’s lives. Social workers work with children, families, schools, public agencies and others in their communities.

You will develop skills in areas like:

  • Assessment and interviewing
  • Intake and referral
  • Case management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Community outreach
  • Advocacy
  • Research

We are the only public university in the state that offers bachelor's and master's degrees in social work. Our program will prepare you to strategically advocate for social change and gives you real-world experience through fieldwork and classroom learning.

We offer a full-time program so our students can become licensed clinical social workers. Our undergraduate and graduate degrees are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

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  • VERMILLION, S.D. – Soonhee Roh, Ph.D., and Peter Kindle, Ph.D., associate professors at the University of South Dakota’s Department of Social Work, have been appointed to the editorial board of the national journal Research on Social Work Practice.
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    VERMILLION, S.D. – The Physician Assistant Studies program at the University of South Dakota has been rated no. 37 among the nation’s 170 accredited physician assistant programs. The rating was determined by U.S. News and World Report.
  • South Dakota MSW and BSW Students: The NASW-SD is seeking nominees for the open positions of BSW and MSW board members. The students who are selected will serve a term of one year. For more information or to apply contact Virginia Strubbe at virginia.strubbe@gmail.com. ...