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Berkeley Social Welfare

Improving the lives of vulnerable individuals, families and communities

Berkeley Social Welfare is one of the nation's most prestigious social work graduate programs. As part of the world's leading public university, the School of Social Welfare is training the next generation of social work professionals, scholars, advocates and policymakers dedicated to serving society's most vulnerable members.

Known for combining academic rigor with outstanding field practice, the School of Social Welfare offers MSW and PhD programs as well as an undergraduate major. Since 1944, the School has prepared nearly 12,000 social work professionals for leadership positions in the public and nonprofit human service sector. Berkeley Social Welfare graduates are dedicated to meeting the growing needs of low-income families, seniors, foster-care youth, the homeless, school children, hospital patients, domestic violence survivors, recovering addicts, immigrants, refugees and other vulnerable populations.

Berkeley Social Welfare alumni are leaders in the public and human services — from elected officials to innovative directors of county social service departments and community-based organizations to direct service providers working on the frontlines.

The School consistently ranks among the top social work graduate programs in the nation and is number one in per capita faculty productivity. Members of the faculty are nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in their fields, conducting cutting-edge research on the major issues facing California, the US and the world.

Through its Center for Social Services Research, professors and conduct research to identify best practices, design innovative social interventions, and improve service delivery.

We invite you to explore the Berkeley Social Welfare website to learn more about the people and programs that are shaping the future of the social work profession and striving to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals, families and communities throughout the Bay Area, California, the nation and the world.