Cathedral in the Spring

Students in Pitt's School of Social Work learn the knowledge, skills and values to engage in culturally competent practice with diverse populations and communities. They learn to critically analyze personal, familial and environmental factors affecting practice settings and techniques, and to advocate for those who confront barriers to achieving their fullest potentials.

The school's students and faculty members also engage in scholarship that contributes to professional knowledge about complex social problems and innovative approaches to ameliorating those problems. The Board of Visitors provides advice on the school's planning efforts.

In addition, school students, alumni and personnel serve local, national and international communities by collaborating with social agencies, community-based organizations, government and foundations. 

Dean's Message

Welcome to the Pitt School of Social Work! I am thrilled to be joining the school as it begins its second century of excellence in education, research and practice. Read the dean's welcome message »


The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work is committed to its mission of preparing courageous leaders to transform social work practice, policy, research, and education in a community-engaged and inclusive environment. We build and develop collaborative partnerships to understand, prevent, and ameliorate complex social problems with innovative approaches that promote social justice.

Our 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.  

History of the School

The school was formed in 1918 as a division of the Pitt School of Economics' Department of Sociology. Read more about the history of the school »

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More than 10,000 Pitt Social Work alumni live and work in the United States and around the world. But our alumni’s involvement with the School does not end at graduation.

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