Improving lives is all in a day's work.
You know the potential of people. You envision what they can do, and what they might become. You care deeply about human rights and social justice. And you understand that everybody needs someone in their corner.
A career in social work can let you do what you were born to do. Whether it’s helping individuals, families, or entire communities, you’ll be directly involved with facilitating well-being, growth, education, and real change in the lives of the most vulnerable populations who often can’t do it alone.
Lesley University has a long tradition of preparing people just like you for professions in fields of practice such as child and family welfare, substance abuse, health and wellness, mental health, developmental disabilities, and homelessness. You'll join a large network of alumni who've been doing transformative work for years across Massachusetts, New England, and the country.
Lesley’s BSW program integrates our well-known strengths in helping professions, education, the arts and liberal arts into the professional curriculum. Our reimagined general education curriculum will prepare you to make a positive impact in today’s rapidly changing world. And, with a required 510-hour internship program (including 400 hours during senior year), you’ll graduate with the experience needed to step into a generalist position and make your impact felt.
With hands-on experiences in places like the Massachusetts State House, National Organization for Women, UN Association of Greater Boston, Lahey Health, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Office, and many more, you'll have graduate ready to launch in a career where you'll blaze a trail as a change maker and creative problem solver.
You'll experience first-hand the relationships between human behavior and the social environment, while understanding how to facilitate change for individuals, families, organizations, and communities.
Lesley also offers a wide selection of electives, minors, and certificates (psychology, non-profit management, Spanish, and Child Homelessness to name a few) that will allow you to stand out and gain a competitive edge when going for the job you want after you graduate.