What is the value of studying social work instead of a related field such as sociology, psychology, counseling, or human services? Social work distinguishes itself through its own body of knowledge, values, and ethics. While graduates of the other fields listed may be employed by social service agencies and perform many of the same functions as social workers, their education and background knowledge are not distinctly that of a social worker. Social Work education combines knowledge, theory, and field experience in actual practice settings (CSWE), and offers the opportunity to become licensed at the baccalaureate level. Being a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) at this level is a distinct advantage over other disciplines. You become more marketable and gain the possibility of completing a master's degree in social work in just one year! Beyond the BSW Graduating from Metropolitan State University's Social Work Program may earn you Advanced Standing when applying and entering a master's degree program. Because we are a CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) accredited program, many, if not all, MN MSW programs will allow you to complete your MSW degree in one year (usually two academic semesters and an internship). The MSW is invaluable when applying for any social work employment, but especially for school social work, supervisory or managerial, program development and academic positions.