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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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School Social Work

'Back to school' brings unique challenges for school social workers

There has never been a greater need for school social workers, yet many educators and administrators do not know how a school social worker can help address large- and small-scale challenges of student life.

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2022 James Jackson Outstanding Mentorship Award

María P. Aranda, professor and executive director of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, has earned the 2022 James Jackson Outstanding Mentorship Award from the Gerontological Society of America, recognizing outstanding commitment and dedication to mentoring minority researchers in the field of aging. 

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2022 James Jackson Memorial Award 

Karen D. Lincoln, associate professor, selected to receive the 2022 James Jackson Memorial Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, recognizing exceptional achievement and leadership in mental health disparities research, and excellence in mentorship, influence and support of trainees.

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Research Spotlight

No standard statistics currently exist that record the number of deaths each year for those who identify as LGBTQ+. John Blosnich, assistant professor, is working with death investigators to improve LGBTQ+ health equity

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Meet Our Staff

Meet James Kelly, senior faculty affairs coordinator/faculty manager, who has been a member of our social work family for 28 years. 

 

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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 on August 27 for Supporting Family Caregivers when the Diagnosis is Dementia. 6 CEU's available

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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.”

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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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.