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Wyoming Social Work Programs and Degrees Guide

A Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is the minimum educational requirement to become licensed as a social worker in Wyoming. A Master of Social Work (MSW) may help candidates qualify for advanced career tracks. Though the University of Wyoming is the only university in the state offering CSWE-accredited social work programs, candidates may be able to meet licensing requirements by earning a BSW or MSW from online programs offered by schools in other states.

Quick Facts

  • 4 schools offering social work programs in Wyoming are in our database (see below)
  • Of the social work schools in Wyoming, 3 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 1 offers bachelor’s degrees, and 1 offers a master’s or advanced degree1
  • No schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 20182
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs in 20183
  • No schools ranked in Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs in 20184
  • Across 1 school, 2 bachelor’s and master’s social work degree programs in Wyoming are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)5

Top-Ranked Schools with Social Work Programs in Wyoming

US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs 2018

  • University of Wyoming (#147 tie)

Schools with Social Work Programs Accredited by the CSWE

  • University of Wyoming

Schools in Wyoming with Social Work Degree Programs

BSW and Other Undergraduate Programs

University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming is a large public university with over 10,000 undergraduate students. The University of Wyoming Division of Social Work’s BSW program includes liberal arts courses and social work courses; in the sophomore year, students take liberal arts and social work prerequisites. Also in their sophomore year, students must apply to continue in the social work major as the program is competitive. Once admitted, students focus on social work courses, generalist practice skills, and field education. Social work majors are able to participate in the university’s study abroad programs or specific international opportunities organized by the department to countries such as England, Mexico, and Honduras.

MSW and Other Graduate Programs

University of Wyoming

The MSW program at the University of Wyoming prepares students for advanced generalist practice. The Division of Social Work program takes two years to complete full-time, although candidates who already have a BSW degree may be able to skip the foundational year of the program through advanced standing admission. All students must complete a capstone project in the second year, which can be either a thesis or an evaluation project. Candidates who are interested in social work research may find the thesis option a good fit. Candidates interested in leadership or administrative work in social service organizations may prefer the evaluation project option. All students complete two field education placements; 400 hours are completed in a generalist setting in the first year and 500 hours of advanced practice are completed in the second year. As part of the MSW program, students can complete additional certificates in School Social Work or Early Childhood Mental Health.

Accreditation Information for Wyoming Social Work Schools

School Graduation Rate1 Transfer-Out Rate1 Associate’s SW Program Bachelor’s SW Program Graduate SW Program CSWE Accredited5 US News Best Social Work Grad Schools Ranking3 Net Price*1
Casper College 28% 18% Yes No No No Not Ranked $6,272
University of Wyoming 54% 27% No Yes Yes Yes #147 tie $11,856
Western Wyoming Community College 53% 7% Yes No No No Not Ranked $7,535

*The net price is calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics by subtracting the average amount of aid (including grants and scholarships) from the total published cost of attendance for in-state/in-district students, which includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses. To gain a better understanding of how to interpret the statistics discussed in this table, see our list of important definitions.

Directory of Wyoming Social Work School Programs

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Schools with an asterisk (*) have programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Casper College
125 College Dr
Casper, WY 82601-4699
(307) 268-2110
http://www.caspercollege.edu

Laramie County Community College
1400 E College Dr
Cheyenne, WY 82007
(307) 778-5222
http://www.lccc.wy.edu

Student Review: “My Human Services Social Work Program had one main instructor and only a few outside influences for the other pre-requisite courses such as Psychology and Sociology. We took our primary introductions in the first semester to get our small program used to what type of work we would do in the future and also teach us about our ethical commitments. We learned about the differences between the types of programs there are for clients and how the programs serve communities. After the first semester, we were encouraged to start thinking of what specific area we would like to service. As part of our program curriculum, we were required to do fieldwork with hours spent voluntarily or paid at a setting of our choosing to learn on the job skills. I first chose a therapeutic clinic for children with behavioral problems and it was a paid fieldwork that I enjoyed. Completing my programs last semester I wanted to mix it up and so I did the remaining hours at my community homeless shelter. My instructor was knowledgeable, honest, and had worked in the field herself for many years. It was a comprehensive program, especially for a community college. We spent the most time working on approaches to serving our clients, active listening, avoiding burn-out, ethics, and also toward the end of the program a very large portion of time focused on Case Management and the practical techniques that go with it.” – Student at Laramie County Community College
stars-4

University of Wyoming*
1000 E University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
(307) 766-1121
http://www.uwyo.edu

Student Review: “My experience in my academic social work program can be summed up as challenging, fulfilling, low-academic difficulty, high practical difficulty. Overall the program set me up to pursue careers in social work and counseling. What I enjoyed most during this program was the information and the abundance of practicum work that helped to hone my skills as a clinical practitioner. What I disliked was the lackluster academic challenge. This program is easy if you have an undergraduate degree and are good at studying, taking tests, etc., however, it is very difficult if you have trouble with interpersonal skills. This program requires a lot of practical work which is thoroughly criticized in order to provide greater outcomes for quality practitioners. If you have performance anxiety this may be a very difficult experience and may not be the program for you. You will also meet a lot of people you will probably like and a lot of people you probably dislike, but the experiences are enjoyable none-the-less. The staff can also be difficult at times and rather critical of your work, however, they have the best interests in making you a competent professional.” – Student at University of Wyoming
stars-4

Western Wyoming Community College
2500 College Dr
Rock Springs, WY 82902-0428
(307) 382-1600
https://www.westernwyoming.edu

Schools with an asterisk (*) have programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-private-colleges/index.php?table=all
3. US News & World Report Social Work Best Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/social-work-rankings
4. Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs 2018: /degrees/masters/online/
5. Council on Social Work Education: https://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Directory-of-Accredited-Programs.aspx