The USC Social Work Initiative

The USC School of Social Work is a trailblazer, seizing opportunities to advance the profession through innovative social work education and scholarship that set the pace for the highest standards of practice, policy making and research that will shape the 21st century.

Now the nation’s largest and fastest growing school of social work — educating students in nearly every state by way of its highly regarded on-campus and online academic programs — the USC School of Social Work is celebrated for its rigorous career preparation and scientific contributions. The school’s reach and impact are global. Universities, organizations and governments from around the world look here for expertise in social work education, clinical practice, research and program innovation.

The same vision and pioneering spirit that helped the school shape the field of social work is today propelling an ambitious $75 million fundraising initiative. The purpose is to address ever-increasing societal needs, advance scientific accomplishments and meet unprecedented student demand for advanced social work education. Part of the $6 billion Campaign for the University of Southern California, the USC Social Work Initiative will ensure support for the best students, highly accomplished faculty, cutting-edge discovery and improved social work practice around the world.



  • First top-ranked Master of Social Work degree offered nationally
  • First to offer MSW with specialized concentrations
  • First to endow a center for scientific social work research
  • First large-scale military social work program
  • First to use evidence-based practice training in internships
  • First national field education placement network
  • First to develop the model of policy practice