The San Francisco State University School of Social Work cultivates ethical leadership for social justice and promotes professional advocacy, versatility, activism, and cultural humility. We educate diverse learners to achieve progressive development and change throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are located on the territories of the Ohlone people, the traditional custodians of this land on which SF State University School of Social Work is built. We show our respect for and acknowledge the Ohlone people and thank them for making space in their territories for us to share our knowledge, teaching, learning, and research practices. We pay respects to the elders past and present of the Ohlone nation and extend that respect to other Indigenous people present.

"I am a Social Worker" by School of Social Work faculty and students.




Social Work Workforce Fact Sheet

700,000 +
Social Workers Employed Across the US
85,000 +
Social Workers Employed in California
16,000 +
Social Workers Employed in Bay Area

Projected Growth

Social Work Positions by 2031
1,100 +
Estimated New Positions in Bay Area by 2031

Why Study Social Work at SF State

At SF State, you’ll learn to know and understand multiple forms of power, and their forms, uses, and implications. You will become skilled at giving, engaging and sharing power and instilling shared, delegated, and/or “other person” responsibilities in decision-making and problem-solving.

At the School of Social Work, we respect, value and honor one another’s personal and professional experiences, knowledge, skills, and values.  We seek, receive, and utilize inputs from diverse persons, groups, and communities and make diversity-sensitive and appropriate decisions.

Social Work students at SF State learn multiple forms and purposes of advocacy and engage in change plans and efforts to achieve progressive change at micro, mezzo and macro levels.