Academic Programs

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.

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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. 


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Advanced Standing MSW

If you already hold a Bachelor of Social Work, earn your masters degree in just 12 months through our Advanced Standing Master of Social Work (MSW) program.


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MSW for Working Professionals

We offer an MSW for Working Professionals program for people who work full time during the day and take classes on campus in the evening. 



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Progressive MSW

Designed specifically for USC undergraduate students, our Progressive MSW program allows you to earn your undergraduate degree and MSW in as few as five years.


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Dual Degrees

We offer several dual degree programs to go with our MSW in the fields of law, business, gerontology, planning, Jewish nonprofit management, public health, public administration, and PhD in Social Work. 


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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.


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Online MSW

The highly regarded MSW is also offered online through our MSW@USC program, which offers web-based learning and traditional field internships in local communities. 


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Doctor of Social Work

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


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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.