On the Frontline of Change in Los Angeles

An inclusive, tightly-knit campus set directly within the communities we serve.

In the Sweet Spot Between Scholarship and Community

Learn from nationally recognized expert faculty whose research is embedded and tested within Los Angeles communities.

Investing in Bright Ideas

The solutions of the past cannot solve the challenges of the future. Our flexible MSW program gives students the confidence to break from convention when necessary to better support populations in need.

A Family Culture

The Trojan Family is real. The supportive, hands-on academic environment that students experience remains strong throughout their careers.

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Human Trafficking Month

Support National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Read a message from Dean Sarah Gehlert on how you can raise awareness to help end this crisis affecting an estimated 25 million people worldwide.

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Why Social Work, Why Now?

There has never been a more important time to become a social worker. In these videos, our faculty tell you why.

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Research Spotlight

The Children's Data Network is creating an effective bridge from research to policy, recently informing an LA County motion to explore the decarceration of young women and girls in the juvenile justice system. 

Visit our full faculty publications page.

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Meet Our Staff

Meet Carolina Peralta Ventura, associate director of Field Education and Telehealth Operations, who has been a member of our social work family for 10 years. 

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Our Commitment to Racial Justice

The school is dedicated to eliminating racial injustice and promoting an ongoing process of healing and reconciliation to dismantle racism.

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Upcoming Events

Join us for Discussion of Good Faith Estimate Requirements on January 20, 2022. Presented in partnership with the California Society for Clinical Social Work. 

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Who is Suzanne Dworak-Peck?

Learn about the life and career of the woman affectionately known as the “social worker’s social worker.”

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Formerly Incarcerated Trojan Works to Dispel Stigma That Afflicts Others Like Her

The USC student support group Unchained Scholars helped Genevieve “Genna” Rimer on her path to a doctorate in social work.

Four Ways to Earn Your MSW

Whether you want to graduate as quickly as possible or study on nights and weekends, we have options that will work around your schedule.

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Accelerated

12 months
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Traditional

24 months
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Working Professionals

28 months
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Our Heroes in Social Work

Michael Washington, MSW ’19, is a retired Marine and firefighter. Now, as a social worker and therapist he uses his personal story to help his fellow veterans and first responders address issues of stress, PTSD and suicide. Washington was featured in “Honoring our Kings, Celebrating Black Fatherhood,” a special on OWN hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Sterling K. Brown.

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

The Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work champions social justice for the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through innovative teaching of evidence-based practice and practice-based skills, pioneering transformative research, and cultivating leadership for social change.

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Reach out today to learn more about our world class programs, visit our campus or apply now to begin your educational journey at USC.