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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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MSW Online Program


Our MSW degree is also available nationally, through our Virtual Academic Center. Offering web-based learning, traditional field internships in students’ local communities.

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Program Highlights

Four-semester, six-semester or eight-semester program 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.
  • International study opportunities offer you an up-close look at social work in other regions of the world.
  • Flexibility: Select classes in the summer or on weekends accommodate your busy schedule.
  • On Campus or Online: Locations in downtown Los Angeles and online are convenient wherever you live and work.
  • Career and professional development services help you prepare for a job search or licensure and brush up on practice skills.

Departments of Study and Specialized Track

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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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