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2016 facts degrees

Eddie Uehara, dean

The UW School of Social Work offers three degree programs: • Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW) • Master of Social Work (MSW) • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare (PhD) For MSW candidates, we offer three distinct degree paths: • Day Program • Advanced Standing Program • Extended Degree Program

At the UW School of Social Work, impact is our purpose and science is our strength. We are in the business of turning powerful new ideas into positive social change. Our focus on connecting innovation to impact informs and strengthens everything we do, from research and teaching to public service and community engagement. Today, as never before, there’s a convergence of new technologies, novel funding models and unconventional partnerships in the service of social change. In this increasingly connected world with complex and interdependent challenges, solutions that work require a collective response that can be seen, felt and experienced by the people in greatest need.

MSW candidates may also work toward concurrent degrees in public health, public policy or other UW professional degree programs.

We excel at research that sparks real change, learning that values diversity, and


at a glance

Tel: 206.543.5676 Email:

contact/ visit UW School of Social Work 4101 15th Avenue NE Box 354900 Seattle, WA 98195-4900 Tel: 206.543.5640 U.S. News & World Report ranks the UW School of Social Work THIRD in its 2017 listing of America’s Best Graduate Schools.

teaching recognized for excellence—the mainstays of advancing social work expertise that is critical to solving the most pressing social issues of our time.

revenue Sources

$61.9 Million

scholarships, fellowships & Assistantships $4.53 million

student diversity

Women 84% Men 16%

students 619

45% Externally Funded Sponsored Research 21% Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence 19% UW Educational and Operational Revenue 9% Philanthropic Contributions and Gift Interest 6% Self-sustaining Activities $ 2 .19 million Child-welfare Training Program Stipends $ 1 .17 million School-sponsored Graduate Assistantships $ 477,000 School Program and Other Income $ 400,000 Donor-supported Scholarships $ 288,000 Research Grant–supported Assistantships 50% Caucasian 16% Asian-American 15% Latino-American 11% African-American 4% Multiracial, International 3% Native American 1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 15% BASW 79% MSW 6% PhD


LEARNING THAT VALUES DIVERSITY Our social work students are smart, dedicated and passionate about social

Since its founding in 1934, the School of Social Work has earned a national reputation for classroom innovation,

change—and they are diverse. Nearly half of our enrollment comprises students of color, making us the most diverse UW professional school. The wide variety of student backgrounds—ranging from first-generation college graduates and veterans to international, LGBT and disabled students—

advanced research and public service.

creates a real-world learning environment that supports student success

n During the Great Depression, we

in the classroom and as social work practitioners, leaders and innovators.

educated a generation of social work leaders to serve in relief and recovery programs. In World War II, we focused


on medical social work, helping returning

The School ranks among the highest in the nation in terms of social

soldiers to heal and re-enter society. We

research funding and faculty publications. In the last two fiscal years, the

kept pace with rapid social change in

School deployed more than $58.7 million in research dollars, with nearly

the 1960s by augmenting student and community engagement. n In the 1970s, the School’s academic direction shifted

75 percent provided by the National Institutes of Health. Our 13 research and innovation centers—ranging from youth development to healthy aging—provide rich opportunities for students at all degree levels to learn how to translate innovative ideas into real and lasting change.

dramatically to focus on evidencebased research, triggering two decades of social work scholarship and breakthrough findings to help vulnerable individuals, families and communities. n The School

TEACHING RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE Our world-class faculty creates an exciting, enriched and empowered space for learning, research and service. Highly diverse and widely recognized,

concentrated on diversifying its faculty,

they bring a decidedly informed perspective to some of the most pressing

student body and curriculum in the

social issues of our day, along with a deep commitment to nurturing

1990s, while growing its research capacity

culturally competent and skilled social work professionals.

with centers for indigenous health, aging,

The University of Washington has recognized school faculty members with

child well-being, and youth development.

numerous awards ranging from excellence in teaching to outstanding public

n In the past decade, the School built collaborative relationships, launching an award-winning public-private partnership for child welfare and a statewide alliance to strengthen the professional expertise of social workers. n Today, the School plays a key role in the development and scholarship behind the Grand Challenges for Social Work—a national initiative using the best social work research and science to solve some of the most pressing social issues of our time.

service and a commitment to lifelong learning. National and international recognition includes honors bestowed by the American Public Human Services Association, the National Institutes of Health, Fulbright Scholar Program, and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

UW School of Social Work 2016 Fact Sheet  

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