The University of Michigan School of Social Work is a community of internationally recognized faculty, gifted students, and dedicated alumni who share a common objective: to create social change and promote social justice through excellence in research, education, and practice.
Consistently ranked among the top schools of social work in the nation, the School of Social Work has a master of social work program that is held in the highest regard by educators and professionals in the field. It is one of the most comprehensive programs in the country with a wide range of specializations and dual-degree programs. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science—the first of its kind when it began in 1957—is widely regarded as one of the top interdisciplinary programs in the world. It awards a PhD in social work and one of the five disciplines of anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology.
Since its beginning as an undergraduate curriculum in 1921, and as a graduate program in 1951, the school has excelled in many dimensions: training, teaching, research, innovation, activism, scholarship, collaboration, and service.
Graduates of the school hold positions at the highest levels of leadership within the nonprofit, government, and business sectors, including positions as mayors, university regents, and deans of American schools of social work. Our alumni also make invaluable contributions every day in hospices, schools, community health centers, hospital intensive care units, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other places where people are comforted and renewed.