Social Work

Prepare to change lives and aid your community with Mount Mercy University’s social work program.

You already have the most important characteristic needed to be an effective social worker: compassion for others. Let Mount Mercy help develop that virtue and passion into a career that will make a difference in your community.

Through highly refined courses taught by experienced faculty and a variety of internship opportunities with local social service agencies, Mount Mercy’s social work major will develop your awareness of the biological, psychological and social influences that affect human behavior. 

Mount Mercy offers coursework on group theory, facilitation and basic helping skills — subjects other institutions often only glance over. The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work is versatile, from one-on-one work with individuals and families, to program planning for larger community-based organizations.

Faculty advisors work directly with students to set goals, assuring success in and out of the classroom. Mount Mercy’s faculty has a wealth of experience, in practical and value fields such as marriage and family therapy, political organization, and in classroom teaching.

Networking opportunities matter. You’ll get the most out of your education with hands-on field experience that broadens your networking opportunities and builds your resume. Mount Mercy’s graduates give the social work program its reputation of excellence. Our students are actively recruited by employers, as well as a number of graduate-level social work programs across the Midwest.

Go beyond what is expected. Many social work majors choose to join Mount Mercy’s Social Work Organization, which further engages students in community issues of importance to the profession. Study abroad courses provide you the chance to study how healthcare and social support systems work in a different country.

Social work scholarships are available for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

What can I do with a social work degree?

Graduates from our social work program are prepared to work in a variety of fields, including:

  • Child protective services
  • In-home family services
  • Juvenile and adult corrections
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Programs for people with disabilities and for the elderly
  • Foster care
  • Community development
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Those are just a few examples. Our alumni say Mount Mercy is the top school for social work in Iowa:

“I feel like my social work professors have done their best to fill me with all their knowledge that will benefit me when I graduate and pursue my social work experience. Through my professors, internship and volunteer experiences at Mount Mercy, I have gained an awareness of and empathy for those who are struggling.”

Monica Kordick ‘16, social work major and Mercy Volunteer Corps member

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