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Academic Programs Overview

The LSU School of Social Work recently celebrated 75 years of offering social work graduate education and boasts over 5,000 alumni. A charter member of the Council on Social Work Education, the school began offering the MSW degree in 1937. In 1996, the school admitted the first doctoral class and currently offers the only PhD in the state. In 2012, the BS in Chld and Family Studies was incorporated into the School. Our students are diverse and have been nationally recognized on several occasions for influencing state policy. Graduates are very successful in finding employment in-state and out-of-state in a variety of settings.

The Child and Family Studies (CFS) undergraduate degree at LSU is an exciting integration of theory, research, and practice from multiple disciplines with a unique blend of liberal arts and professional education.  The major focuses broadly on child development and family dynamics, with special emphases on parenting throughout childhood, couples in dating, marital, and cohabiting relationships, social and psychological development, interactions between family members, influences on child and family well-being, cultural variation among families, and practical application of knowledge about individuals and families.

The MSW degree prepares graduates for advanced, direct social work practice. Students may select from the full time, part-time, advanced standing or distance education programs to receive the sixty-hour degree. Our field education program offers 275 unique internship opportunities allowing students to choose from a multitude of diverse populations with whom to work. Each year the MSW program admits approximately 100 students and currently has 240 students in various programs of study.

The PhD program remains a demanding yet flexible curriculum that is targeted at providing students with the skills to conduct original, empirical social work research and where faculty are encouraged to incorporate their own research into course curricula. . Over twenty graduates have gone on to faculty positions across the nation with one student winning the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year award from the Society of Social Work Research. Each year the PhD Program admits 5-7 students each year and currently has 20 students in all phases of their work.

We hope that you join us as we Lead…Transform…Empower.


Denise Chiasson, MSW, LCSW
Associate Director
School of Social Work