Master of Social Work (MSW)

MSW: Overview

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 #17 by US News and World Report in their 2019 rankings of graduate schools of social work. 

The MSW Program has the unique advantage of being able to draw on the rich resources of its environment. Learn more about the City of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh, and the School of Social Work. This dynamic setting affords MSW students the opportunity to learn in a wide array of field education agencies and to access a variety of resources to enrich student life.

For more than 25 years, the School of Social Work has been a nationally recognized leader in preparing MSW students for professional practice with vulnerable children, youth, and families. The Child Welfare Education for Leadership (CWEL) project is a unique effort that provides MSW education and training to employees of public child welfare agencies.

The School of Social Work is also committed to developing professionals and supporting agencies to serve older adults through its Aging Initiatives & Programs.

The School of Social Work also offers the MSW Program at the University's Johnstown and Bradford campuses. The UPJ and UPB extensions offer working professionals in these regions the opportunity to pursue MSW education on a part-time basis. Further information is available about the MSW Program at Johnstown and the MSW Program at Bradford.

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MSW Student Handbook (PDF)

The School of Social Work’s MSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).