University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

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Transforming our world, our future, ourselves


The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work:

  • Prepares courageous leaders to transform social work practice, policy, research, and education in a community-engaged and inclusive environment

  • Develops and advances innovative approaches to understand, prevent, and ameliorate complex social problems

  • Builds collaborative partnerships to promote social justice

  • In furtherance of its mission, the goals of the School of Social Work are to:

Educate professional social workers with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to engage in culturally competent practice with diverse populations and communities, to critically analyze personal, familial and environmental factors affecting practice settings and practice techniques, and to advocate for those who confront barriers to maximizing the achievement of their fullest potential.

Engage in scholarly activities that contribute to professional knowledge about complex social problems and innovative approaches to ameliorate those problems.

Provide service to local, national, and international communities through the development of participation in collaborations with social agencies, community-based organizations, government, and foundations.

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

The BASW Program prepares its graduates to engage in entry-level generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities locally and globally. Professional practice settings for entry-level generalist practitioners include child welfare, family preservation, mental health, substance use treatment, juvenile justice, aging, shelters for victims of intimate partner violence, homeless programs, community food banks, neighborhood citizen organizations, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers, among many others.

Earning your bachelor’s degree in social work provides you with the skills necessary to make a difference in the lives of others. A degree in social work provides you with a sense of purpose, a range of career options, and the knowledge that you will make a positive impact on the world.

Master of Social Work

Since 1918, the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work has been a leader in educational excellence. Ranked #17 by US News & World Report in their 2019 rankings of graduate schools of social work, Pitt Social Work offers specializations in Direct Practice or Community, Organization, and Social Action (COSA). Certificates in mental health; children, youth, and families; gerontology; home and school visitor; integrated healthcare; and human services administration are also available. In addition, students who have earned a BASW degree within 7 years from an accredited CSWE institution will be considered for advanced-standing status.

Students who enter the MSW Program with full advanced standing can complete their program with a minimum of 39 credits, with full-time enrollment options for both 12-month (fall, spring, summer) and 16-month (fall, spring, fall) options.

PhD in Social Work

The Pitt School of Social Work PhD Program is committed to training the next generation of scholars in social work, whose research will inform policy and practice addressing society’s most pressing problems.

Pitt’s doctoral program is among the oldest and most-respected in the United States. Our full time program is highly competitive, and we accept 6-8 students each year. Students are fully funded with tuition and stipend support for four years of study. Tuition support includes health insurance, and our wonderful Social Work Library is part of Pitt’s world-class University Library System.

Our faculty includes nationally recognized leaders in every area of social work practice and research, and we take a hands-on, supportive approach to doctoral education.

Admissions Requirements

Learn more about how to advance your career and yourself at the Pitt School of Social Work by visiting our Admissions webpage.

Commitment to Anti-Racism

Our school’s vision statement to transform – our world, our future, ourselves — cannot be accomplished without centering anti-racism as an essential and non-negotiable commitment for our school and each member of it: students, staff, and faculty. We will build on our history of tackling issues of racism through teaching, research, service, and the Center on Race and Social Problems by setting Guiding Principles that commit us to a set of activities that will move us towards our goal of being an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, inclusive and welcoming school. Read more about our Guiding Principles and Commitment to Action on the Pitt Social Work website.

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