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Students studying on UVM Green
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Student working with youth at King Street Center
Social Work Student on Campus
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What is distinctive about UVM's Undergraduate Program in Social Work?

“I feel fortunate to have developed a close-knit community of colleagues. My professors also played a major part in making CESS feel like home and not just a college."  Holly Hoffman '16

Our rigorous program prepares you for professional social work practice in a variety of settings. This is a classroom and hands-on learning experience that requires extensive self-reflection, processing and engagement. If you’re interested in understanding and working with people and communities based on people's strengths and guided by principles of human rights and social justice, then our Social Work program is right for you.

Outstanding Advising

Our personalized advising ensures that you always have a home base on campus. You will be assigned a full-time faculty member as your academic adviser for the entire time you are in our program. We meet with our advisees regularly, not only to discuss courses, but more importantly, to mentor you into the profession of social work.

Interactive Coursework and Experiential Learning

All of our courses are structured for interactive classroom discussion. You will actively engage with the course material through case studies, simulated exercises, role play, presentations, and more. Throughout the program, you will meet social workers who work in a variety of roles, and you will have a variety of opportunities for service learning in community-based social work settings.

Tight-Knit Learning Community

In our program, students and faculty work together closely to further understand the complexities of the profession and strategize ways to address and express our commitment to making a difference on local, national and global levels.

During your junior and senior years, you’ll be in a “cohort model” of education, where students progress through their academic program together. You will take your social work courses together as a group.

Early in your junior year, this includes orienting you and your learning colleagues further to the nature of social work education, and activities to foster your collegial relationships among one another and with the faculty in a more informal gathering.

You will grapple together with social issues and policies, and develop theories and skills to affect change that improves the lives and relationships of vulnerable and marginalized people and diverse communities.

Field Education

In your senior year, you will participate in a supervised field-practicum of 15-20 hours per week over two semesters (450 total hours). A practicum is a social work internship in a social service agency where you will apply your classroom learning through professional social work assignments. You will also participate in a field seminar on campus in which students discuss their experiences and learning in their practica.


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Is UVM's Social Work program for you?

Our nationally recognized program is distinguished by:

  • Extensive field experience and service learning
  • Interactive pedagogy
  • Small cohort model
  • Outstanding, personalized advising
  • International experiences

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Graduate employment rate


of CESS 2016 graduates were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating.


  • Social Worker
  • Child Welfare Professional
  • Social Justice Advocate
  • Government and Legislative Careers

Where alumni work

  • Clinician, Vista Del Mar, Los Angeles, CA
  • Executive Director, Stable Moments, Woodstock, GA
  • Residential Care Provider, Northeastern Family Institute, Burlington, VT
  • Mobil Crisis Case Manager, Northern Rivers Family of Services, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Strategy Associate, The Donnell-Kay Foundation, Denver, CO
  • Program Development, Massachusetts Executive Office of Education, Boston, MA
  • Capital Campaign Coordinator, Visiting Nurse Association, Chittenden and Franklin Counties, VT
  • Intensive Foster Care Social Worker, Cambridge Family and Children’s Services, Boston, MA

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