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school of social work

Social work has the power to alleviate poverty and oppression among individuals, families and entire communities. We can help you make a difference in the world through our dedication to excellence in teaching, research and community service. At SFA, you can become a social worker at the generalist (Bachelor of Social Work) or advanced generalist (Master of Social Work) level. Once you graduate, rewarding career opportunities can be found in both state and private agencies.


SFA’s Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Learn more.

Faculty-led trip to Ghana
May 12-27, 2024

Earn credits for your courses while on the trip!

Application deadline: Dec. 1, 2023


SFA and Tyler Junior College formed a partnership designed to make social work education available to students in the Tyler area. For more information regarding this partnership, contact the School of Social Work.

MSW Program

The School of Social Work is now accepting applications for the MSW Program, Summer II 2024 (July) and Fall 2024 semester.  The applications deadline for Summer II 2024 is May 15, 2024.  The applications deadline for Fall 2024 semester is June 1, 2024.

Transformative Experiences

At SFA, we believe students benefit greatly from hands-on learning in and out of the classroom. Transformative experiences are at the core of our academic philosophy.

Field Instruction

Field Instruction

We believe there is no substitute for real-world interaction with families and individuals who are truly in need. As a result, our social work students participate in a variety of field-instruction opportunities.


Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Our students enjoy networking and gaining additional knowledge through a variety of student organizations, clubs and honor societies – all with a social work focus.



  • On March 1, Nacogdoches County Commissioner Robin Dawley presented a proclamation declaring the month of March as Social Work Month at Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Social Work. Throughout the month, faculty, staff and students will participate in activities while celebrating the profession with social workers across the globe. This year, the theme is “Social Work Breaks Barriers.”

    SFA School of Social Work faculty, staff and students with County Commissioner Robin Dawley
  • Student advocates for social workers

    “In light of COVID-19, I’ve had the opportunity to advocate to local representatives and the executive director of the National Association of Social Workers Board for social workers who have just graduated and apply to take the licensure exam to be granted a temporary six month license,” said Makenzie Banks, Master of Social Work student. “This would enable them to be able to practice, and now more than ever, we need social workers to help.”

    Makenzie Banks

    Makenzie Banks, Master of Social Work student


    SFA professor Wilma Cordova believes social work is a calling. She guides her students through rigorous research, fieldwork and role-playing exercises to prepare them for careers as advocates for equality and social justice.

    Watch the full story.

    Wilma Cordova, Professor of Social Work

    Wilma Cordova, Professor of Social Work


    Social work students helped secure grants for C&R Kuttbottle Inc., a local nonprofit that recycles and repurposes glass. Students identified a need within the nonprofit and wrote a full grant proposal designed to address it.

    As a result of the project, one grant application from the Wal-Mart Foundation for $5,000 is pending approval.

    C&R Kuttbottle Inc.

    C&R Kuttbottle Inc.

Community Impact

SFA is deeply engaged in impacting the community through a variety of initiatives.

Center for Rural Social Work Research and Development

Center for Rural Social Work Research and Development

SFA’s Center for Rural Social Work Research and Development provides support and resources necessary to plan and implement a variety of research studies and intervention strategies aimed at rural communities. Our faculty members and students are actively engaged in projects that address the real-world problems faced by rural populations.


Child Welfare Professional Development Project

Child Welfare Professional Development Project

The Child Welfare Professional Development Project is a federally funded Title IV-E partnership of SFA’s School of Social Work and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. It gives students in our Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs the opportunity to apply for unique fieldwork and internship opportunities.


Meet Our Students

  • Emma Skipper

    Emma Skipper

    Emma is a master’s degree student and graduate assistant for the School of Social Work. She’s always found joy in helping others and loves how social workers can make a difference in rural, metropolitan or even international settings.  

  • Joy Egigba

    Joy Egigba

    Joy is a graduate student in the School of Social Work. She loves how SFA encourages her to interact with other students and experts in her field, allowing her to grow academically, professionally and personally every single day.

  • Shelby Kolek

    Shelby Kolek

    Shelby, who has served as vice president of the SFA School of Social Work Student Council, recently received the National Association of Social Workers East Texas Chapter Undergraduate Social Work Student of the Year Award.

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    420 E. Starr Avenue

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 6104, SFA Station
    Nacogdoches, Texas 75962