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2011 facts 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

Redefining what’s possible. It’s the Washington Way.



School of Social Work University of Washington 4101 15th Avenue NE Box 354900 Seattle, WA 98195-4900

­— At its heart, social work is social change. The School of Social Work is in the business of seeking solutions to the most intractable social issues of our day. u We do this by modeling what a great research university

Tel 206-543-5640

can and must do to serve society. We bring

keen analysis and evidence to address


complex problems. We partner strategically.

The UW School of Social Work offers three

We foster powerful programs. We recruit and educate the best and the

degree programs:

brightest to service and leadership. u Every day, we demonstrate that

• Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW)

a great social work school can possess scientific stature, strength and

• Master of Social Work (MSW)

flexibility. u In the Pacific Northwest, collaboration comes naturally.

• Doctor of Social Welfare (PhD)

We live and work in a culture where community engagement, risk-taking

For MSW candidates, three options are available: • Day Program

and innovation are the norm. When we add hands-on research, high ideals and hard work — social work becomes social change.

• Extended Degree Program The U.S. News and World Report ranked the School of Social Work fourth among

• Advanced Standing Program

the nation’s 153 social work graduate schools in its most recent 2008 survey.

For MSW candidates, concurrent degree programs in public health (MSW/MPH) and public affairs (MSW/MPA) are also available.


63% Research Grants

Funding Sources

23% UW state support, Tuition, program income

$35 Million, 2010 Fiscal Year

12% donor gifts 2% other

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$61,000 School program income

scholarships, fellowships and Assistantships

$115,000 Donor-supported scholarships $350,000 Research Grant-supported assistantships $592,000 School-sponsored graduate assistantships

$3.17 million

$2.05 million child welfare training program stipends

3% native american 9% latino American

student diversity

10% Asian American

Women 83%, men 17%

12% African American 14% foreign, multi-racial, other 52% caucasian

students 563


423 MSW

42 PHD

Each circle represents 10 students



a history of leadership

engaged students

As the first decade of this century comes to a

Our social work students are bright, passionate, dedicated and diverse.

close, the School of Social Work has expanded

More than 25 percent enter the School with a deep commitment to service

student scholarships, added several endowed

demonstrated through earlier work with VISTA, Peace Corps and other service

professorships, and introduced award-winning

groups. As students, they annually contribute more than 176,000 volunteer-

partnerships with regional, national and

service hours through our field-education program with placements at more

international organizations. It’s part of a long

than 300 Puget Sound area nonprofit and public service organizations.

tradition of nurturing decisive leaders who find highly effective, science-based solutions to critical social problems. u Since 1934, when founded, the School has been deeply connected to the historical events of our time. We responded to economic upheaval in the 1930s with skilled welfare workers and administrators, then mobilized for war in the 1940s with a focus on medical social work. In the 1950s, we expanded our academic reach with doctoral and undergraduate programs. And in the 1960s, once again, we responded to rapid social change with groundbreaking student and community outreach programs. u The School’s academic direction shifted dramatically in the 1970s to evidence-based social work practice and useinspired research. This triggered two decades of rigorous scholarship, breakthrough findings and increased recognition for a diverse faculty focused on culturally competent social work practice. u Today, the School is ranked among the top graduate schools of social work in the nation and continues to redefine what’s possible in tackling the toughest social issues of our day.

breakthrough research The School of Social Work ranks among the highest in the nation among social work schools in terms of research funding, results and faculty publication rates. Our ten research units — focused on groundbreaking interventions for real-world problems ranging from health disparities to foster care reform — provide rich opportunities for students at all degree levels to learn from innovative projects led by renowned social work scholars. To find out more, go to and select Research Centers & Projects.

outstanding faculty Our world-class faculty creates an exciting, enriched and empowered space for learning, research and service. Since 2000, faculty awards include: National recognition • Academic Excellence Award, American Public Human Services Association • Fulbright Scholars • Inaugural Fellow, American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare • Research Innovation Award, National Institutes of Health • Flynn Prize for Research • Fellow, American Psychological Association • Council on Social Work Education Significant Lifetime Achievement Award • Family Research Consortium Legacy Award • Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, American Psychological Association • Social Work Excellence in Research Award, Society for Social Work Research

LOCAL DISTINCTION • UW Distinguished Teaching Award • UW Excellence in Teaching Award • UW Brotman Award for Instructional Excellence • UW Outstanding Public Service Award • UW Distinguished Diversity Award • UW S. Sterling Munro Public Service • Washington State Educator of the Year, National Association of Social Workers, Washington Chapter • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Volunteer Recognition Award

2011 Fact Sheet  

UW School of Social Work is a recognized leader in solving the most demanding social issues of our day through rigorous research, academic i...