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Research at the School of Social Work

The scholarship of the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work faculty is consistently ranked among the top 10 public schools of social work in the United States (Feldman, 2006). The University of Minnesota ranked 9th among public U.S. universities on the 2010 Shanghai World Rankings and 8th among public U.S. universities on the 2010 National Science Foundation rankings for research and development expenditures.*

Our faculty and graduate students are leaders in research among diverse communities on pressing social issues such as child welfare, youth development, disability, aging, family violence and restorative justice to name just a few.

Research for the Common Good

Research for the Common Good is a yearly report that features articles about some of the research going on in the school.


Our research e-newsletter is sent out four times per academic year.

* Rankings drawn from Feldman, R. (2006). Reputations, rankings and realities of social work schools: Challenges for future research. Journal of Social Work Education, 42, 483-505; Shanghai Ranking Consultancy (2010), Academic Ranking of World Universities; National Science Foundation Division of Science Resources Statistics (2010), Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges.