The University of Alabama School of Social was established in 1965 by an act of the Alabama Legislature to address the state’s critical shortage of and pressing need for professionally trained social workers.
Since our founding, we have been proud to lead the charge in training students for tomorrow’s workforce. Prior to 1965, there were fewer than 100 trained social workers in the state, accounting for about 19 percent of the persons employed in the state’s social welfare positions. Forty-eight of the state’s 67 counties had no professional social workers.
Today, we have more than 7,000 alumni across the world, leading in policy advocacy and research. And our School is the only one of its kind in the state that offers BSW, MSW, PhD and DSW degrees in social work.
Our DSW program is yet another example of the School meeting the state’s workforce needs. The program’s re-launch in 2019 is a direct response to the State of Alabama’s need for social workers with advanced knowledge of administration and other specialty areas and issues to help fill gaps in areas where specialty care isn’t accessible. Our DSW program is offered primarily online and offers two tracks: organizational leadership and advanced clinical social work.
The UA School of Social Work’s nationally ranked MSW program is widely recognized for its cornerstone field program: the long-running Washington, D.C. Internship Program. The UA School of Social Work is the only school of social work outside the D.C. Metro area to offer semester-long field practicum in D.C. The program prepares students both personally and professionally by exposing them to cutting-edge, direct-service programs as well as public policy and advocacy implementation. In the last 42 years, over 600 MSW students have fulfilled placements in D.C.