Academic Programs

From clinical practice and advocacy to policy and research, our programs are focused on addressing the root causes of human suffering and developing lasting solutions.

Our world needs activists like you to ensure that social justice prevails. Professionals who treat those in need with dignity and respect. Social work and nursing students at USC benefit from academic programs that reflect our groundbreaking research and emphasize real-world practice. And the extraordinary opportunity to create change within the heart of Los Angeles prepares our students to serve populations anywhere in the world.

Two MSW students on campus

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Our Master of Social Work (MSW) program is considered one of the best for preparing clinical social workers, with alumni equally successful in policy practice, advocacy and program administration. 

 

PhD students in a lecture

Doctor of Philosophy

Our PhD program is a leader in its field, helping students develop a portfolio of research and teaching that will prepare them for the challenges they face as the next generation of academics and researchers.

 

Doctoral students in a classroom setting

Doctorate of Social Work

The school's online Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) program prepares experienced professionals who are looking for leadership or management positions to develop solutions to large-scale social problems. 

 

 

Nursing students in a lab

Master of Science in Nursing

We also offer a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) for those who want to become family nurse practitioners (FNP). The online program prepares FNPs to address the physical, social and environmental factors that affect patient well-being.

Licensure and Certification

Get more information about state requirements and licensure at USC's Licensure and Certification website.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, we aspire to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in our courses and professional practice. We value the diverse backgrounds and perspectives that our students bring into the classroom as strengths and resources that enrich the academic and learning experience. We offer and value inclusive learning in the classroom and beyond.  We integrate readings, materials and activities that are respectful of diversity in all forms, including  race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, ability and disability, socioeconomic status, religion, and political perspectives. Collectively, we aspire to co-create a brave space with students and instructors to critically examine individual and collective sources of bias, prejudice, discrimination, and systematic oppression that affect the ability of people and communities to thrive. In this way, we fulfill our professional responsibility to practice the NASW Code of Ethics, abide by the CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, and address the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, Grand Challenges for Social Work.