BSW, Social Work
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What kinds of jobs are available in the social work field for a person holding a BSW?   

A: BSW students are prepared for generalist practice through the department’s curriculum and field placement. Examples of generalist practice jobs/agencies/field sites include: 

  • Affordable housing programs 
  • Advocacy organizations, legislators, and policy think tanks 
  • Case management 
  • Child care and after-school programs 
  • Child welfare services 
  • Community service boards 
  • Emergency services (homeless services/shelters, domestic violence services/shelters) 
  • Services for at-risk youth (foster care, group homes, residential living facilities, after- school programs, etc.) 
  • Services for people with disabilities (including intellectual disabilities) 
  • Services for older adults (adult day care, community-based living programs, home health care, nursing homes, etc.)   

Q: How many credits (and which ones) can I transfer into Mason’s program from another institution? 

A: Transfer credit evaluations are handled by the Office of Admissions. A useful tool for seeing how credits might transfer can be found on the Office of Admissions’ website.  

Q: Who can I talk to about switching my major to social work?   

A: Please email the BSW Program Director, Dr. Emily Ihara, at eihara@gmu.edu to schedule an appointment.   

Q: What do I need to do in order to declare my major in social work?   

A: Please email the BSW Program Director, Dr. Emily Ihara, at eihara@gmu.edu to schedule an appointment. In addition, you will need to complete the Undergraduate Change/Declaration of Academic Program form (pdf).