Why USC School of Social Work?

At the USC School of Social Work, we take pride knowing that we are preparing the nation’s best social workers. Our Master of Social Work (MSW) graduates are practitioners and leaders in the field, changing our world for the better every day. When we decided to offer our top-ranked MSW program online, we became the first research institution in the country to do so, ensuring our legacy of innovation in the field and in social work education.

A group of U S C social work staff

This is an exciting time to earn your MSW at the USC School of Social Work. We are ranked #11 by U.S. News & World Report, one of the highest-ranked schools to offer an MSW online. As a USC student, you will build relationships with faculty members and classmates and, upon graduation from the program, you will join the USC alumni network of more than 300,000 graduates worldwide.

Universities and organizations around the world look to the USC School of Social Work for expertise in social work education, clinical practice, research and program innovation. We hope you will join us.

“It’s really important for you to know, from the very beginning, that you’re entering a real community, not just a degree program”

Marilyn Flynn | Dean, USC School of Social Work


The mission of the USC School of Social Work is to improve the well-being of vulnerable individuals and communities, advance social and economic justice, and eradicate pressing societal problems in complex and culturally diverse urban environments throughout Southern California, the nation and the world. Our mission is achieved through value-driven, scholarly and creative social work education, research and professional leadership.


The MSW@USC is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Accreditation verifies that the MSW@USC’s social work degree meets the high standards considered essential to providing a quality social work education and ensuring that every student graduating from a social work program has the same requisite skills and knowledge.

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