Welcome to the School of Social Work!
Leadership for a Just and Caring Society
At the School of Social Work, we practice what we teach: leadership, scholarship, social justice, and community engagement.
Since our founding in 1917, we have graduated more than 4,500 professional social workers, youth workers, scholars, advocates and policy makers who serve our state, country and beyond. Our Ph.D. and M.S.W. programs promote the knowledge, skills and values of the social work profession. Our Youth Development Leadership M.Ed program supports an expanded understanding of young people, in the United States and internationally. Our undergraduate programs—youth studies, family violence prevention, and social justice—support and promote ways of valuing, living, and working in the world that further social change and the common good.
Research Distinguishes Our Programs
The School of Social Work is an integral part of a world-class research university. Our graduate programs are unique in Minnesota, preparing a diverse student body to be research-savvy professionals and scholars, and providing research and engagement with a local-to-global impact. Our undergraduate programs are interdisciplinary; emphasize community engagement and putting theory into practice, and build on the strengths of our faculty members and their research.