Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work Coming to MGA

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019 12:00 AM
Categories: Faculty/Staff | School of Education and Behavioral Sciences | Pressroom | Students

Macon, GA


A Bachelor of Science in Social Work – a program that many current and prospective students have long asked for – is coming to Middle Georgia State University (MGA).

The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents approved the degree on Tuesday, Nov. 12. MGA expects to roll out the program in fall 2020.

“We are excited that we can now offer this degree,” said Dr. David Biek, dean of the School of Education & Behavioral Sciences. “Many students over the years have expressed strong interest in pursuing careers where they work to help children and families and improve social conditions in their communities. Middle Georgia State is now further positioned to help social service agencies and related organizations meet their workforce needs.”

 “Social work” basically describes careers, usually within public or private agencies, that involve helping people overcome obstacles, regain control of their lives, and become productive members of their communities.  A Bachelor of Science in Social Work is typically the minimum prerequisite needed to enter the profession. With a Master of Social Work (MSW), which MGA hopes to eventually offer, professionals can specialize in specific categories of the field – such as child welfare, mental health, or substance abuse - and pursue administrative-level jobs.

 According to the 2016-2026 Georgia Department of Labor Occupational Outlook, the annual state growth rate for social work jobs averages 1.79 percent, higher than the 1.1 percent overall growth rate for all occupations. The annual growth rate in Macon-Bibb and central Georgia is 1.12 percent on average. The highest growth rates are in the areas of child and family, mental health, and healthcare social work.

As described in the formal degree proposal, the MGA bachelor’s degree is designed to help students “learn through doing and caring.” Courses will be taught through traditional face-to-face classes and online. Practical experience through fieldwork is a major component. The degree features an advanced standing option so that students wishing to continue on to graduate work will work be able to complete an MSW.

 The bachelor’s program has a focused vocational emphasis. According to the undergraduate degree proposal, “There are a variety of community stakeholders, including non-profit programs (and) agencies available to students as potential employers.”

Biek said MGA can launch the bachelor’s degree program with the current number of faculty and resources.

For more information about MGA’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work, contact Dr. Rebekah Hazlett-Knudsen, assistant professor of social work, at or 478.757.2544.  Information about applying to MGA is at