Academics

The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work is an exciting place to learn and grow. It ranks 10th in the country among schools of social work and is recognized as a leader in the field. Although the School is known nationally for its Center on Race and Social Problems and its model training and research programs in child welfare, it is equally regarded as a leader in overall education of leaders in the field. Graduates of this school have abundant opportunities to work in a wide variety of jobs.

The BASW program offers opportunities for students to develop the basic training to work in a wide variety of settings, while the MSW degree provides the background and skills necessary to become leaders in direct practice with individuals, families, and groups, as well as options to specialize in community organizing or administration of agencies. The doctoral program is one of the oldest and most highly regarded in the United States, and its graduates constitute the ranks of deans, professors, and leading researchers and scholars. Whatever program one chooses within this school, our graduates can be assured that they are receiving the finest education available from the nation’s leading scholars, practitioners, and researchers.

Bachelor's Degree Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) was initially accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in 1973. It has been continuously reaffirmed since that time and has been ranked among the top undergraduate social work programs in the country. The BASW Program now offers both a Major in Social Work (BASW) and a Social Work minor.

Master's Degree Programs

The University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work, successor to the Division of Social Work in the Department of Sociology, was founded in September 1918 and accepted its first class of MSW students that year. We take pride in our history, while developing professional practice to meet future challenges. The MSW Program offers social work education for the 21st century and is ranked among the top graduate social work programs in the nation.

PhD Program

Social work doctoral education prepares students for leadership roles in social work research, social work education, social policy, planning, and administration. The goal of the doctoral program of the School of Social Work is to provide students with advanced academic training that will allow them to contribute to the knowledge base of the professional.

Dual/Joint/Cooperative Degrees

MSW Dual, Joint, and Cooperative Degree Programs

Some students seek to complement their social work education and training by earning a degree in another discipline or profession. Others wish to further their education within the field of social work. The dual, joint, and cooperative degree programs offered by the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work afford students a unique way to complete their MSW studies while also pursuing another graduate degree. However, no student will be permitted to enroll or engage in more than one dual, joint, or cooperative degree program within the School of Social Work or between the School of Social Work and any other school or program during the course of earning that dual or joint degree.