About the Boise State School of Social Work

The School of Social Work at Boise State University prepares graduates in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest for beginning social work practice with individuals and families, groups, organizations and communities, and for advanced practice with individuals and families. We are committed to human rights, social and economic justice, egalitarianism, and respect for diversity. Campuses are located in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, and Twin Falls.

History of the School of Social Work

The undergraduate program has offered a bachelor of arts in Social Work since 1966, and is the oldest social work program in Idaho. Our graduate program was established in 1991, and was accredited in 1992.

In June 2006, the Northern Idaho Advanced Standing MSW Program began in Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene. A three-year, full-program option began in Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene in August 2008. Advanced Standing and Full-Program MSW Programs were also started in August 2008 in Twin Falls.

All Boise social work programs have been reaffirmed for accreditation through February 2026 by the Council on Social Work Education.


  • Promote academic excellence that integrates social work theory and practice with community-based experiential learning and focuses on improving the human condition globally.
  • Develop programming to address local, state, regional social work education needs.
  • Support high-quality scholarships that advance social work knowledge.
  • Foster inclusiveness, cultural competence and sensitivity.
  • Provide leadership in the development of service delivery systems.