Aerial view of Pitt campus

The School of Social Work advances and applies knowledge for the fulfillment of human potential through the prevention and amelioration of social problems, and the promotion of well-being. The school commits to promoting the values of social, economic, and environmental justice. Recognizing the complexities of contemporary society, the school dedicates itself through its educational, research, and service activities to advocate for a society that respects the dignity and achievement of all individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.

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 an participation in collaborations with social agencies, community-based organizations, government, and foundations.

The University of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000. The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).