Simply put, we transform lives. Of students. Of children. Of communities. It starts in the classroom. It continues in the field. And it reaches into the most vulnerable parts of our society.
Guided by our award-winning and student-focused faculty, you receive a perfect balance of classroom experience and fieldwork. The result? You are prepared to be a poised and inspired professional ready to make a difference in the world.
Our innovative research results in evidence-based practices that inform the field. You have the opportunity to work directly with our esteemed faculty on research and service learning projects that impact and improve lives.
We advocate for those who have no voice. We work to bring justice and equity where it is needed. We are tireless in our pursuit for social change.
Everything we do, from our curriculum to our intensive internships to our student programs, stems from our passion to strengthen vulnerable families.
"The MSW program laid a firm foundation for me in social work practice at the micro and macro level. I feel equally prepared working one-on-one with individuals and in the grant writing process" See full story
Carol Schrepfer, CSW LCSW,
"CRCC has been accepting MSW interns from the School of Social Work for nearly 20 years. During that time all the interns we have worked with have been involved in a block placement model and this has worked wonderfully for our agency. " See full story
MSW Student, Class of 2014
"I interviewed and toured at other Schools of Social Work and they felt rigid. Here, I truly believe that each faculty and staff have my best interest in mind. " See full story
"I am a 2013 MSW graduate from the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am originally from Los Angeles, California and received my BA in Social Work from California State University, Fresno in 2011. To say that I was born and raised in California is an understatement of my" See full story
BSW Student, Class of 2015
"As an incoming freshman I was a Psychology major, however I might as well have declared "undecided." I knew that I wanted to be a part of a helping profession with many different opportunities. I visited with many academic advisers ranging from pre-med to pre-law to education" See full story
MSW '06, PhD '13
"As a student at the School of Social Work I had invaluable faculty mentorship combined with experiential learning opportunities. I worked on research funded by the National Institute for Mental Health, " See full story
"I chose social work as my career path simply because it teaches me how to selflessly serve. The training I receive in my classes and through my professors challenge me to look beyond my comfort zones and to be prepared in the most efficient and effective way for when I enter the international social work" See full story
BSW Student, Class of 2015
"I chose social work as a career path because it fit right in with my own values and beliefs about activism and the importance of social justice. I am interested in helping individuals, as well as communities, " See full story
Carlos A. Evans Jr.,
"When I was not in an engaging classroom or working in a small group with my classmates on a thought provoking assignment." See full story
"I choose Social Work as a career path for a number of reasons. I have always had a passion for helping people, especially the people who our society tends to overlook. I was a part of the foster care system when I was younger, and the social workers who I came across through that experience" See full story
We educate, innovate, transform, and advocate. All to strengthen vulnerable families.
We cultivate a diverse and award-winning faculty. We feature a unique internship program that prepares our students for professional success. And you can find our alumni enacting social change throughout the world.
If you are committed to transforming lives, including your own, join us at Illinois.