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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In Memoriam: Rino Patti

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is deeply saddened by the loss of beloved dean emeritus and professor emeritus, Rino J. Patti, who guided the school of social work to one of its most productive and respected decades.

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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

A new study published in Pediatrics by Janet Schneiderman, research professor emerita, John Prindle, research assistant professor, and Emily Putnam-Hornstein, distinguished scholar at USC, finds that infants with a history of reported maltreatment are at greater risk of death from medical causes.

Visit our full faculty publications page.

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Meet Our Staff

Meet Mayra Gomez, senior admissions counselor, who has been a member of our social work family for 7 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 Antiracist Transformative Clinical Supervision Training on October 1. 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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The Military After 9/11

Professor Carl Castro and other USC experts reflect on the reverberations of 9/11 and the end of the war in Afghanistan that has left multiple generations of veterans suffering from PTSD and other health issues.

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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Fast Track

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.