Social Work Program

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A career is not just a job when it gives you the opportunity to help and serve others. The social work program at Fresno Pacific University offers a dynamic combination of liberal arts education and professional training. You will learn to meet the needs of diverse individuals and transfer what you’ve learned in the classroom to real-world practice. Our program offers an excellent education in a supportive Christian atmosphere that integrates faith and professional ethics in ways that will make you highly sought after in the field.

We offer a Bachelor's degree in both the Traditional Undergraduate daytime format and the evening accelerated Degree Completion format, so whether you’re a first-time college student or returning to school, you’ll be prepared to seek professional employment or pursue advanced study.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in the helping professions: social work, counseling, juvenile and adult probation, ministry, non-profit management, family and child welfare and gerontology. You may also work in schools, or as a substance abuse counselor, employment counselor or in a variety of special programs designed to help people and communities.


Fresno Pacific University has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.

Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation. Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation. Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

Program Directors

Jon Clarke
Jonathan Clark D.S.W.

Social Work Program Co-Director (Degree Completion), Assistant Professor of Social Work

Donna Callahan
Donna Callahan M.S.W., P.P.S.C.

Social Work Program Co-Director (Traditional Undergraduate), Associate Professor of Social Work

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