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Boise State Master of Social Work Online program celebrates 1,000 graduates milestone

Boise State University proudly announces a significant milestone for its Master of Social Work Online program: conferring more than 1,000 degrees since its inception. This notable achievement underscores the program’s reputation for training compassionate and skilled social workers who make lasting impacts on their communities.

MSW graduate at the hooding ceremony.

Boise State’s Master of Social Work Online program is dedicated to educating individuals driven by the desire to make a difference in the lives of others. The online program equips future social workers with the skills and knowledge needed to advocate for underrepresented and vulnerable populations in any situation. By empowering clients to improve their quality of life, graduates emerge as agents of positive change in their communities.

One of the unique aspects of Boise State’s online program is its commitment to allowing students to complete their field work in their local communities, reinforcing their connections to the areas they serve. This approach gives students valuable insights into local challenges and needs, forging meaningful relationships that often lead to employment opportunities after graduation.

Jennifer Obenshain, program director of the Master of Social Work Online program, expressed the significance of this achievement. 

Headshot of Jennifer Obenshain.
Jennifer Obenshain, Social Work Faculty/Staff

“Reaching the milestone of graduating 1,000 students is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students, faculty and the program as a whole,” she said. “It reflects our commitment to producing well-prepared social workers who can serve their communities and make meaningful impacts on the lives of those they serve.”

Obenshain continued, “Our online program is designed to offer a rigorous and competitive education while allowing students to balance their academic pursuits with their responsibilities at home and in their communities. This flexibility is a key factor in the program’s success and our graduates’ success.”

Kim Mizia is a 2021 Master of Social Work Online graduate and the northwest region program director of Canine Companions for Independence. She credits the social work program and faculty with helping grow her leadership skills. 

“One thing I got out of the social work program was the ability to take a hard look at myself and learn to lead with empathy,” Mizia explained. “I have a renewed sense of compassion when serving my client population and staff.” 

Mizia is among the more than 167,000 alums of the university. Boise State is set to confer thousands more degrees, including Master of Social Work degrees, at the winter 2023 commencement on Saturday, Dec. 16, at ExtraMile Arena. 

About Boise State University:

Boise State University is a public research institution located in Boise, Idaho. Known for its commitment to innovation and community engagement, the university offers a range of programs designed to prepare students for success in their chosen fields. For more information, visit the Boise State University website.

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