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National Social Work Month 2024: “Empowering Social Workers!”

Now in its 40th year, National Social Work Month 2024 highlights the growing importance of empowering social workers. This month, the National Association of Social Workers, the country’s most prominent social work association, will raise awareness of the social work profession and highlight the need for the government, regulators and employers to work to improve pay for social workers as a way of investing in addressing challenging social issues.

To highlight the importance of National Social Work Month and the essential contributions of social workers, new students can apply to Boise State’s Master of Social Work (MSW) Online for free with an application fee waiver during March. Contact a student success coach to get started!

Patrice Elmore and mother pose for a graduation photo
Patrice Elmore, Boise State Master of Social Work Online Graduate.

Empowering Social Workers: Bridging the Gap for a Growing Need

In the face of rising societal challenges like homelessness, opioid addiction and a surge in suicides, the role of social workers has never been more crucial. As the demand for their vital skills continues to grow, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) highlights the imperative need to empower and support these dedicated professionals.

Did you know that by 2030, there will be more than 782,000 social workers in the United States? This makes social work one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States. This surge in demand emphasizes the critical need for widespread support, legislative initiatives and enhanced pay for social workers to meet the challenges posed by complex societal issues.

The Heart of Social Work: A Profession on the Rise

Boise State University’s Master of Social Work Online is designed to train and empower students as advocates for underrepresented, oppressed and vulnerable populations from diverse backgrounds, nurturing a steadfast commitment to equality and justice. Boise State Online recognizes the profound impact of social workers and places a high value on the skills and knowledge cultivated through the MSW Online.

Professionals who earn an MSW can skillfully apply their training in various specialized settings within the field, such as schools, medical facilities or child welfare. The degree’s versatility opens doors to providing services within broader contexts, extending to social policy or legislative initiatives. This adaptability underscores the program’s commitment to producing well-rounded social work professionals capable of making meaningful contributions across diverse sectors.

As the National Association of Social Workers affirmed, “They go through years of education, training, and supervision to do the delicate but important work of meeting people where they are and helping them achieve their goals.”

In unity, we cultivate a community of social work practitioners whose passion resonates in every corner, creating ripples of positive change that uplift the voices of the unheard and champion the cause of equality.

A Glimpse into Boise State University’s Impactful Master of Social Work Online

In the dynamic landscape of social work, Boise State University’s Master of Social Work Online program shines as a beacon of empowerment.

April Rowberry, a dedicated student in Boise State University’s Master of Social Work online program, recognizes the profound impact of giving back and making a significant difference in their community. As a fervent advocate for diversity and inclusion, they believe in continual personal growth and learning resilience.

Reflecting on their journey, Rowberry shared, “When I first started the master’s degree program, I took a diversity course. I loved advancing myself, learning more about my internal biases, anti-racism and becoming more of a change-maker.”

The knowledge acquired by Rowberry through the curriculum of the Master of Social Work Online program is already yielding real-world dividends.

Learn More About Boise State’s Master of Social Work Online

Make a positive, enduring impact where it matters most with Boise State’s Master of Social Work Online. Grounded in community-centric learning, our program equips you with ethical, professional skills to become an empowered and compassionate advocate. Low per-credit rates, fully online courses and local-to-you fieldwork opportunities make our program accessible without uprooting your life.

Explore the possibilities, learn about our accreditation, and connect with a student success coach to start your journey toward a meaningful and impactful career in social work.

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Boise State MSW Online Student Stories

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