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Fall 2023 Priority Deadline: January 23
Summer 2023 Deadlines - Advanced Standing: February 1, Part-Time: March 1

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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Erika Salinas

National Native American Heritage Month 

Native American PhD candidate Erika Salinas aims to improve understanding of tribal sovereignty through a focus on policy, as the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates on the future of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

SoCal Veterans Study

First-of-its-kind regional veterans study explores new face of veteran needs

The Southern California Veterans Study will survey approximately 3,600 veterans across three counties to geographically pinpoint transition experience and need for additional resources.

Charles Stafford

Alumnus and Veteran Turned Personal Struggle into Meaningful Career

Charles Stafford, MSW '17, found a brotherhood in the U.S. Marines, but also a major interruption to his sobriety. Today, he is helping others find their way to recovery


Research Spotlight

B. K. Elizabeth Kim, assistant professor, is leading BIG:LEAP - the first study of its kind to address income inequality in Los Angeles and the largest guaranteed basic income pilot project in the country - in partnership with the Los Angeles Mayor's Office and the Center for Guaranteed Income Research.

Visit our full faculty publications page.

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Meet Our Staff

Meet Anna Zaragoza, administrative budget assistant, Virtual Academic Center, who has been a member of our social work family for 5 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 for Healing from Racial Trauma, December 3, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. PST, with a focus on addressing the impact of anti-blackness on mental health. 3 CEUs 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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Working Professionals

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Monique Bingham

Our Heroes in Social Work

Monique Bingham, MSW '21, is NASW's 2022 Emerging Social Work Leader. She works as a mental health therapist at the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, which strives to end mass incarceration in California. Her own father was incarcerated when she was a child, and released when she became an adult.

Listen to Monique discuss recidivism as the featured guest on the NASW podcast Social Work Talks.

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.