USC Master of Social Work

The University of Southern California consistently ranks among the nation's top accredited social work graduate programs in U.S. News & World Report. We promote cutting edge research in aging, artificial intelligence, behavioral health, child welfare, crisis and bereavement, homelessness, human trafficking, management and organizations, serious mental illness, substance abuse, social determinants of health, social adaptation to climate change and man-made disasters, and veterans and military families.

MSW On Campus Program

One of the best Master of Social Work programs recognized for preparing clinical social workers, with alumni successful in policy practice, advocacy & 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

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

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Online MSW
MSW Online Program

We offer our MSW program online, on a full-time and part-time track. The program prepares students for practice through a combination of live classes, our unique Virtual Field Practicum and fieldwork experiences in their community.
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Program Highlights

With four-semester, six-semester, working professional, and advanced standing options, you to finish on your timetable. A choice of three departments of study a military social work track and eight dual-degree programs will help you prepare for the kind of job you want.

Popular classes explore issues, populations and ideas important to you, such as; military, social change, spirituality, juvenile justice, mental health, and school social work and leadership.

  • Field internships match your interests, educational needs and practice goals.
  • On Campus or Online: Locations in downtown Los Angeles and online are convenient wherever you live and work.

Departments of Study and Specialized Track

Adult Mental Health and Wellness

Adult Mental Health and Wellness (AMHW) prepares students to improve the mental health and physical well-being of individuals across the adult lifespan, from young adults to older adults.

Students in this department are prepared to support adult clients within agencies, institutions, communities, families and other social and organizational contexts.

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Children, Youth and Families

Children, Youth and Families (CYF) prepares students to improve the lives and well-being of children, youth and their families. Students in this department are prepared to support children, adolescents and transitional age youth within agencies, institutions, communities, families and other social and organizational contexts.

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Social Change and Innovation

Social Change and Innovation (SCI, pronounced “sky”) focuses on designing social change and leading innovation. The curriculum prepares students to improve living conditions and work environments for individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities on a larger scale.

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Military Social Work Track

Military social workers play an integral role in helping veterans, active-duty service members and military families connect to the care and support they need. These specialized social workers support military personnel facing deployment and help active-duty individuals and veterans cope with a host of physical and psychological issues, including deployment, combat readiness and military sexual trauma (MST).

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