Greetings from the Director


Welcome to the San Francisco State University School of Social Work, home to the BASW and MSW programs, and the MA program in Gerontology. Our School’s mission is to educate our students in Social Work and Gerontology to become competent human service professionals who provide versatile, creative, and culturally

sensitive services in a variety of settings and with diverse populations, particularly those who have been historically oppressed, underserved and underrepresented. Our students’ educational experience is grounded in developing a critical consciousness which informs their knowledge base as practitioners, leaders, activists, and scholars. The faculty is committed to producing outstanding graduates whose commitment to social change and social justice will impact the lives of individuals, families and groups, as well as communities and social institutions.

The diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area provides a rich opportunity for students to learn culturally sensitive and appropriate ways to meet the serious challenges posed by a multitude of issues. The School of Social Work community at SF State is one that is vibrant, engaged, and diverse. Students actively contribute as members of various student organizations, representatives on committees, and participants in local and statewide advocacy groups and organizations. 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 methods. They are educated to use research, knowledge and skills that advance practice, and to develop and apply their knowledge in the context of diverse cultures. Our students provide essential leadership in human service and non-profit agencies, meet the multiple challenges of an aging population, provide culturally sensitive mental health services, and advocate for legislation to better prepare youth in foster care to live independently. These examples highlight some of the integral roles that our graduates fulfill in the communities they serve.

Our experienced faculty has expertise, both nationally and internationally, in such areas as child welfare, gerontology, mental health, LGBT issues, advocacy and community organization. In addition to curriculum development and teaching, they contribute to the Social Work and Gerontology professions 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, and our MA Program in Gerontology adheres to the standards and guidelines established by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) for professional master’s level programs.

Thank you for your interest in our School of Social Work, and please feel free to explore our website for more detailed information about our admissions process, programs, and events.

Best wishes,

Edward McCaughan, Ph.D.

Interim Director, School of Social Work