Top 10 Schools for Social Work

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Social work school prepares students to take on a career in social work, whether as a practitioner in the clinical field, an administrator, or an organizer. It is a professional and academic field that takes works from several disciplines, including psychology, sociology and philosophy. These ideas are used to fight against the forces that cause inequities and injustices such as poverty and racism. These schools are consistently the top ranked social work schools, according to publications that include the U.S. News & World Report and The Gourman Report.

University of California, Berkeley

  • UC Berkeley has one of the richest histories of social justice that any American college campus has seen, and the School of Social Welfare has been greatly influenced by the university’s tradition. The school offers MSW and Ph.D. programs.

    University of California, Berkeley
    School of Social Welfare
    120 Haviland Hall #7400
    Berkeley CA 94720-7400
    510-642-4341
    socialwelfare.berkeley.edu

University of California, Los Angeles

  • UCLA offers a Ph.D. and a Master's in Social Welfare as a part of the School of Public Affairs. Child welfare, aging, immigration, youth, welfare reform and substance abuse are just a few of the areas of focus. The school also has several research centers in which scholars address many of these issues.

    UCLA School of Public Affairs
    3250 School of Public Affairs Building
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656
    publicaffairs.ucla.edu/social-welfare

University of Chicago

  • The University of Chicago prides itself on doing everything different from its counterparts—everything from the application (the “Uncommon Application”) to social work school that is called The School of Social Service Administration. This school offers master’s and doctoral degrees.

    University of Chicago
    School of Social Service Administration
    969 E. 60th St.
    Chicago, IL 60637
    773-702-1250
    ssa.uchicago.edu

Columbia University

  • One of the most selective on the list, Columbia University, is the Ivy gem of the top 10 social work schools. Of the Ivy League schools, Columbia has always had a reputation due to the commitment to public service, and social work is no exception. The school is especially renown for international social work and policy focuses, helping the schoolo earn its place on the list.

    Columbia University
    School of Social Work
    1255 Amsterdam Ave.
    New York, NY 10027
    212-851-2300
    columbia.edu/cu/ssw

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  • Located in the picturesque Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan School of Social Work ranks high due to the school’s offerings of policy research projects--funded by the likes of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--and commitment to economic and social justice.

    University of Michigan
    School of Social Work
    1080 South University Ave.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
    734-764-3309
    ssw.umich.edu

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • The Chapel Hill School of Social Work is one of the oldest in the country, open since 1920. The school specializes in poverty, mental healthy, violence and substance abuse. It offers a Master’s of Social Work and Ph.D.

    University of North Carolina
    School of Social Work
    Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building
    325 Pittsboro Street CB #3550
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3550
    919-962-1225
    ssw.unc.edu

University of Southern California

  • The USC School of Social Work boasts one of the most selective Ph.D. social work programs and offers individualized study plans and more electives for MSW students. The school also offers the first nurse social work practitioner program.

    University of Southern California
    School of Social Work
    Montgomery Ross Fisher Building
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0411
    213-740-2711
    sowkweb.usc.edu

University of Texas, Austin

  • The School of Social Work at the Austin campus offers a social work education at all levels of collegiate learning, from a bachelor’s to a doctorate degree. Those interested in social work practice, policy, administration, researching and teaching are encouraged to apply.

    University of Texas at Austin
    School of Social Work
    1925 San Jacinto Blvd
    Austin, TX 78712
    512-471-5457
    utexas.edu/ssw

Washington University, St. Louis

  • The George Warren Brown School of Social Work is consistently the highest ranked school of social work by the U.S. News & World Report. According to the website, the school is committed to research and social change.

    Washington University
    George Warren Brown School of Social Work
    Campus Box 1196
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
    gwbweb.wustl.edu/Pages/Home.aspx

University of Washington

  • Since 1934, the University of Washington, located in Seattle, has been educating social work students to better understand the complex social issues that plague our modern world and teach them how to best tackle these problems.

    University of Washington
    School of Social Work
    4101 15th Avenue NE
    Seattle, WA 98105
    206-543-5640
    depts.washington.edu/sswweb

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