2023 Commencement

May 12, 2023 - Ceremony for Class of 2023 PhD, DSW, MSW and MSN

Apply Now - Master of Social Work

Fall 2023 Deadline: Full-Time - April 3
Summer 2023 Deadline: Part-Time/Flex - February 15


New and emerging challenges in the 21st century demand a different kind of social worker. 

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work curriculum is designed to produce highly-skilled social workers that are fully prepared to find solutions that will address the pressing issues of today... and be proactive in problem-solving for tomorrow. Students need to feel confident when they graduate that they have the knowledge, skills and vision necessary to embark on successful social work careers.

Our courses and training incorporate evidence-based and evidence-informed research and practices, including new findings in future-forward areas such as artificial intelligence and neuroscience that are pushing the envelope in prevention and intervention and providing more interdisciplinary opportunities for social workers. 

2022 Curriculum

Our new 42 credit hour MSW program is created for people like you, who can’t wait to change the world.

  • We have streamlined courses and made our program more customizable so you can focus on your interests.
  • Options for accelerated, traditional, and working professionals mean that you can earn your degree with a schedule that makes sense for you. 
  • Our partnerships with major organizations in LA mean that you can get invaluable real-world experience that often leads to job placements after graduation.

Be a part of the next generation of change-makers. It all starts here. 

ISW Curriculum
Integrative Social Work Curriculum

June Wiley, chair of the MSW program, provides comprehensive details on the new 42-credit hour curriculum beginning in fall 2022. 


Specialization Options

MSW students also have the option to pursue additional training in one of the following areas of specialization based on client populations, settings, or systems:

Flexible Ways to Earn Your MSW

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Advanced Standing

If you already hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, you may be eligible to earn your MSW degree in just 12 months of full-time study through the 30-credit advanced standing program.


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This program is perfect for individuals who need to balance a job with going back to school. Take evening courses part-time to complete your MSW in 7 semesters (2.5 years).


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Drive Meaningful Change With Your MSW

Ready to chart a new path forward? View steps to apply or start your application to our world class MSW today.

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