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2015 factsRedefining whats possible.
The School of Social Work is a recognized leader in solving the most demanding social issues of our day through rigorous research, academic innovation and public service. For more information on the School of Social Work, visit socialwork.uw.edu.
DegreesThe UW School of Social Work offers three
Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW)
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare (PhD)
For MSW candidates, three options are available:
Advanced Standing Program
Extended Degree Program
For MSW candidates, concurrent degree
programs in public health (MSW/MPH) and
public affairs (MSW/MPA) are also available.
Email: [email protected]
ContactSchool oF Social WoRk
UnivErSity oF WASHington
4101 15th Avenue nE
Seattle, WA 98195-4900
In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Washington School of Social Work third among the nearly 220 advanced social work degree programs in the nation.
aT a GlaNcE
53% research grants 37% State funds, tuition, program income 7% Donor gifts 3% other
FuNdiNG SouRcES$58.1 Million
ScholaRShipS, FElloWShipS aNdaSSiSTaNTShipS$3.69 Million
STudENT divERSiTyWoMEn 82%, MEn 18%
55% White 11% Asian-American 11% international, multiracial, other 10% latino-American 10% African-American 3% native American
$ 1.58 million Child-welfare training program stipends $ 1.0 million School-sponsored graduate assistantships $ 536,000 research grant-supported assistantships $ 300,000 Donor-supported scholarships $ 271,000 School program and other income
15% BASW 78% MSW7% PhD
EddiE uEhaRa, dEaNthis year, we are celebrating our 80th
anniversary. Founded in 1934 during
the height of the great Depression, the
School of Social Work filled a critical need
for social workers and administrators
to deliver on the promise of new Deal
programs. u Since that time, we have
become a laboratory for change where we
think deeply and differently about our social reality. in the process, we
formulate practical and proven tools to help transform communities,
strengthen partnerships and improve lives. u As we look toward the
future, we are building on this powerful platform for social innovation.
Because, at the end of the day, action is thoughts greatest gift.
2014 Fiscal Year
EiGhTy yEaRS oF iMpacTSince its founding in 1934, the School of
Social Work has earned a national reputation
for classroom innovation, advanced research
and public engagement. u During the great
Depression, we educated a generation of social
work leaders to serve in relief and recovery
programs that grew out of the new Deal.
u in World War ii, we focused on medical
social work, helping returning soldiers to heal
and re-enter society. u We kept pace with
rapid social change in the 1960s by creating
student and community outreach programs.
u in the 1970s, the Schools academic
direction shifted dramatically to focus on
evidence-based research, triggering two
decades of social work scholarship and
breakthrough findings to help vulnerable
individuals, families and communities to
flourish. u the School concentrated on
diversifying its faculty, student body and
curriculum in the 1990s, while growing its
research capacity with centers for aging,
indigenous health, child well-being, disease
prevention and youth development. u in
the past decade, the School reached out to
build collaborative relationships, launching
an award-winning public-private partnership
for child welfare and a statewide alliance to
strengthen the professional expertise of social
workers. u today, the School remains an
inspiring place where science, collaboration
and community come together to transform
lives and improve futures.
ENGaGEd STudENTSour social work students are smart, dedicated and passionate about social
change. More than 25 percent enter the School with a deep commitment
to service demonstrated through earlier work with viStA, Peace Corps
and other service groups. nearly half of our enrollment comprises students
of color, making the School the most diverse professional school at the
University of Washingtonand creating a real-world learning environment
that supports the future success of practicing social workers.
advaNcEd RESEaRchour research and innovation centers focus on virtually every area of social
welfare. the School ranks among the highest in the nation in terms of
social work research funding and faculty publications. in fiscal year 2014,
the School received more than $30 million in research grants from federal
and state agencies, nonprofit organizations and foundations.
the Schools 13 centers for advanced research and innovation include the
Healthy generations Hartford Center of Excellence, the indigenous Wellness
research institute (a national institutes of Health Center of Excellence) and
the Social Development research group, which created Communities That
Care, a scientifically tested program that strengthens healthy behaviors in
young people through coordinated community action.
diSTiNGuiShEd FaculTy our award-winning faculty creates an exciting, enriched and empowered
space for learning, research and service. the University of Washington has
recognized faculty members with, among others, the Excellence in teaching,
outstanding Public Service, and Contributions to lifelong learning awards
as well as the Brotman Award for instructional Excellence and the S. Sterling
Munro Public Service teaching Award.
national and international recognition includes the Academic Excellence
Award from the American Public Human Services Association, research
innovation Award from the national institutes of Health, richard lodge Prize,
and James E. Flynn Prize for research as well as a host of Fulbright scholars
and American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare fellows.