Greetings from the Director


Welcome to the San Francisco State University School of Social Work, home of our BASW and MSW programs. Our school’s mission is to educate students to become competent human service providers for versatile, creative, and sensitive practice in multiple settings that involve diverse populations. The School provides educational foundations that promote just communities, societies, and global networks, as well as fosters leadership, scholarship, and activism, to achieve equity and social justice.


Our students’ educational experience is grounded in developing a critical consciousness, which informs their knowledge base as practitioners, leaders, activists, and scholars. Our graduates are expected to enhance the social functioning and interactions of individuals, families, and groups, as well as organizations and communities through a variety of practice methods. They are educated to use research, knowledge, and skills that advance practice, to develop and apply their knowledge in the context of diverse cultures. Our students, for example, provide essential leadership in human service and non-profit agencies, meet the multiple challenges of an aging population, engage in culturally-sensitive mental health services, and advocate for legislation to better prepare youth in foster care to live independently.


The faculty is committed to working with students to ensure they graduate with a firm commitment to social change and social, economic, and political justice that will impact the lives of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Our experienced faculty have expertise, both nationally and internationally, in such areas as child welfare, mental health, LGBTQ issues, and advocacy and community organizations. In addition to curriculum development and teaching, faculty contribute to the social work profession through research and publications, consultation and training, and conference presentations. Our BASW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The diversity and complexity of the San Francisco Bay Area provide a rich opportunity for students to learn culturally sensitive and appropriate methods to meet the challenges posed by a multitude of issues. The School of Social Work community at SF State is vibrant, engaged, and diverse. Students contribute as active members of various student organizations, representatives on committees, and participants in local and statewide advocacy groups and organizations.  


Thank you for your interest in our School of Social Work. I invite you to explore our website for detailed information about our admissions process, programs, and events.  Reach out anytime…we’re here for you!




Susanna Jones, PhD, MSW

Director, School of Social Work