The LSU School of Social Work contributes to social science knowledge and professional
workforce development through research, theory development, and education of future
researchers and professionals to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities,
especially oppressed and vulnerable populations.
The LSU Social Work PhD Program prepares the next generation of social work educators,
researchers, administrators, and policy-makers to contribute to the knowledge base
of the profession.
The LSU MSW program prepares advanced social work professionals who are competent,
effective, and ethical to serve vulnerable and oppressed populations and advocate
for social change.
The LSU Child and Family Studies BS degree focuses broadly on child development and
family dynamics, using an integration of theory, research, and practice, to prepare
graduates to improve the lives of children and families through involvement with various
In implementing its mission, the School of Social Work commits to:
- Expand a nationally prominent MSW Program, being ranked among the top programs in
the southeastern region and demonstrate a progressively improving national ranking;
- Expand a nationally and internationally prominent PhD Program;
- Expand our undergraduate opportunities;
- Extend the reach of the Office of Social Service Research and Development (OSSRD);
- Increase support for research, scholarship, instruction and community engagement;
- Increase diversity among faculty, staff and students;
- Bolster the infrastructure to maximize operations.