The School of Social Work is an autonomous unit within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, reporting directly to the Provost. The School and its faculty fit comfortably into the University’s mission of teaching, research and public service.

The School of Social Work offers degree programs that lead to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Master of Social Work (MSW), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD).

  • The BSW program prepares students for generalist practice.
  • The MSW program prepares students for advanced practice.
  • The PhD program prepares students for research, teaching and policy analysis.

Both the BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Our highly-trained faculty is well-known throughout the country for their teaching and research which contribute to the advancement of the profession. Recent studies, using faculty publications as the criteria, cite the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as being among the nation’s leaders in social work scholarship.

Faculty research and service specializations are diverse. Among research and service interests are: clinical practice, group work, comparative health care program analysis, as well as program and policy development, planning and evaluation. Other areas of interest include: child welfare, health care, mental health, school social work practice, rehabilitation, training and employment, aging, family planning, minorities and women, self-help groups, problems of adolescence, extramural education, income maintenance and history.