Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Social work is a profession that seeks to make a difference at many levels. Drawing upon a strengths perspective, BSW generalist social workers support individuals, groups, communities and organizations through assessment, problem-solving and empowerment. As a social work student at MGA you will learn through community-based, hands-on learning; so that you might serve and advocate through direct and community practice within the region’s rural and urban centers, and beyond. As you work to complete your BSW you will truly learn through doing and caring.

Vision of the MGA BSW Program

The vision of the MGA BSW program is to be a leader in the use of community-based experiential learning to prepare skilled generalist social workers to serve and advocate through direct and community practice within the region’s rural and urban centers, and beyond.

Mission of the MGA BSW Program

The BSW Program at MGA prepares engaged, lifelong learners through community-based experiential learning. Students are equipped to apply generalist social work skills to address the needs of diverse individuals, families and communities. Grounded in the principle values of service, competence, the importance of human relationships, diversity and social justice, the MGA BSW Program is committed to the development of skilled professional social workers, engaged in the empowerment of marginalized and underserved populations within the surrounding rural and near urban region. 

Are you a good fit?

  • Desire to help others and the surrounding community
  • Able to take face-to-face and hybrid courses on the Macon campus
  • GPA of 2.5 or above for formal admission
  • Completion of program prerequisite courses (PSYC 1101, PSYC 2103, MATH 1401, SOCI 1101, SOCW 2215, SOCW 2400, SOCW 2500, and SOCW 2700) with a C or better, for formal admission
  • Ability to plan for a total of 400 field practicum hours taken in the senior year; 200 hours in each semester of the senior year
  • Able to take classes and complete practicum hours during business hours (see cohort schedules below)

How do I get started?

Please contact Dr. Rebekah Hazlett-Knudsen at for information on how to get started in the major. You may also schedule an appointment by visiting or calling the Department of Teacher Education and Social Work at 478.757.2544 or toll-free at 800.272.7619.


MGA BSW Program Granted CSWE Candidacy Status

The BSW Program at Middle Georgia State University has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer-review process.  A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards but has not yet demonstrated full compliance. 

Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation.  Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation.  Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program.  Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact  Accreditation .