Program Facts

  • GU Social Work Facts

    • Graduates of Gannon’s social work program may receive their masters of social work (MSW) degree in one year instead of two.
    • Gannon’s dynamic, central-city location offers social work students easy access to more than 100 field placement opportunities, several of which are paid placements allowing students to earn while they learn.
    • More than 98 percent of Gannon University social work graduates who apply are accepted to graduate schools of social work, enrolling at many of the top graduate schools of social work in the country. These include Columbia University, University of Michigan, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Pittsburgh.
    • More than 93 percent of Gannon social work graduates find employment in the social work field and/or pursue graduate education.

    Major Facts

    • The field of social work and human services is ranked among the top 10 fastest growing occupations. Professional opportunities for social workers are anticipated to grow at a rate over 36 percent in the coming years.

    About the Program

    • Gannon social work students are members of the very active Social Work Club and the Xi Kappa chapter of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society.
    • Gannon’s social work program is nationally accredited and exceeds standards set by the Council on Social Work Education.
    • Gannon social work students’ senior year field placement opportunities are at settings ranging from schools, hospitals and prisons to domestic violence shelters and community mental health centers.

    Gannon Social Work Students ...

    • Co-sponsor the Jam for Justice outdoor concert to raise awareness about migrant farm workers’ struggles.
    • Engage in social welfare research and advocacy, presenting their work at national conferences. In prior years students have presented their findings at: Washington, D.C., Seattle, Wash., Pittsburgh, Pa. and Philadelphia, Pa.
    • Have been awarded grants, scholarships and financial stipends to conduct research and regularly participate in Gannon’s Undergraduate Research Celebration.
    • Through the Social Work Club, annually organize the largest Christmas celebration for impoverished families in Erie County, serving 700-800 guests a hot Christmas dinner while also providing a present and clothing. Furthermore, each year students coordinate with over 20 health and human service agencies to set up tables providing education and information on their services to the Christmas Dinner guests.
    • Participate in GU service trips to lend assistance at: New Orleans flood sites, South Dakota reservations, New York City soup kitchens and Immokalee, Florida’s migrant workers’ village.
    • Coordinate the Sole-to-Soul Recyclable Footwear and Clothing Program in collaboration with Global Thrift Partnering to collect and distribute 50,000 pounds of shoes and clothing around the world.