The School of Social Welfare Admissions Office guides prospective graduate applicants via online resources, in-person and phone advising, group presentations and recruitment events. Find out more about Berkeley Social Welfare’s application requirements and admission process.
The School of Social Welfare is a place that brings together people with some incredible aspirations and connects them with knowledgeable, profound professors and incredible staff.
- James Orlando (MSW ’11),
Berkeley Social Welfare Alumni
Berkeley Social Welfare trains our graduates for a range of leadership, research, teaching and practice roles in the profession. Students are prepared to practice at specific intervention levels and thoroughly grounded in the knowledge of social and psychological concerns, social welfare policies and social service organizations.
As students develop their applied mastery in one of over 350 carefully selected field placements, UC Berkeley Field Education Consultants provide them with individualized assessment, support and coaching all the way.
My internships at the School helped me realize that I had the skills to be a leader, a manager and a systems-thinker. I learned as much about myself at UC Berkeley as I did about social welfare.
- Ericka Leer (MSW ’05),
Berkeley Social Welfare alumna
UC Berkeley’s world-class faculty and research units can be leveraged to conduct studies that make a difference. Berkeley Social Welfare faculty lead a number of research units, and the School houses the California Child Welfare Indicators Project and the California Social Work Education Center. To learn more about the important work and cutting-edge research taking place at the School of Social Welfare, explore our specialized Research Areas and Research Units.
Berkeley Social Welfare is a worldwide leader in producing new thinking and research about social work practices and policies. Our School isdedicated to building partnerships and strengthening relationships among institutions, faculty and students throughout the globe. We offer several opportunities for international study, internships and leadership training.
The UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare's pre-eminent faculty rank top in the nation in per capita productivity. Nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in their fields, our senate faculty conducts cutting-edge research on the major issues facing California, the US and the world. Berkeley Social Welfare field faculty represent a diversity of experience and talents, training and preparing our students to excel as the next generation of social work practitioners, professionals and educators.