School of Social Work

Prepare to Build a Better World

At the School of Social Work, we practice what we teach: leadership, scholarship, social justice, and community engagement.

We celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2017. See where we've been, and join us for our next century.

Explore Our Programs

Our Social Work PhD and Master of Social Work 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.

Leaders in research

The School of Social Work is an integral part of a world-class research university. Our academic 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. The research productivity of our faculty was ranked 20th out of 76 U.S. social work doctoral programs in a recent study.

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Contact information

For general questions about our department, contact:

Undergraduate studies
Cindy Pavlowski
Senior Academic Advisor
612-624-4290
pavlo002@umn.edu

Graduate studies
MacKenzie Case
Graduate Program Coordinator
612-624-4258
mbcase@umn.edu

MSW Admissions
612-624-4905
swadmis@umn.edu

Main office
612-625-1220

Peters Hall hours:

School year
Monday–Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Winter and spring breaks
Monday–Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Summer
Monday–Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

105 Peters Hall, front desk hours:

School year
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Summer
Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Winter and spring breaks
Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed