Social Work

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Dori Dipietro

Residential Faculty - Director of the MCC Social Work Program


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This program is part of the Cultural Science Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Behavioral Science and Human Services
Social Work

Social work is the practical application of knowledge, skills and values to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.Social workers can be counselors in a private practice, hospitals, child protective services, government agencies like the Veterans Administration or conduct substance abuse treatment counseling, mental health counseling in psychiatric hospitals, or practice in social services agencies.

Infographic of where social workers work


Transfer Degree

MCC is the first community college in Arizona to offer an Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Social Work degree. It is offered in either an online or hybrid format and is a 60-credit program with a transfer pathway to receiving a Bachelors in Social Work at ASU, NAU or any other four-year university offering a Social Work degree.  

With your AASW from MCC you are well prepared to work as a paraprofessional in the field of social work, substance abuse and behavioral/mental health. Students earning a Bachelors and then a Masters in Social Work may work in careers such as Clinical/Psychotherapy, Policy Administration and Community Practice.

A list of available transfer degree options for the Social Work program
At MCC, get an... Emphasis in... Transfer to... To get a... Courses
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Social Work Social Work Arizona State University BSW
(Bachelor of Social Work)

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Social Work program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers


Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

Meet with an Advisor

Before signing up for classes, you will want to meet with an academic advisor. Together you will lay out a program and career path that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Keisha Mullins is the current advisor for the Social Work program. You can schedule an appointment online, email her at, or call 480-461-7222.

Transfer to NAU for your Bachelors in Social Work and receive free tuition by participating in the Title IV Child Welfare Training Project.

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Transfer to ASU for your Bachelors in Social Work and receive free tuition by participating in the Title IV Child Welfare Training Project.

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