Berkeley Social Welfare educates students for leadership in the field of social welfare and the profession of social work. Since 1944 we have prepared over 11,000 social work professionals and social work scholars for leadership in a range of research, teaching, advanced practice, and management roles. We offer two graduate degrees: the professional Master of Social Welfare (MSW); and the academic Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare (PhD).
Master of Social Welfare (MSW)
Berkeley Social Welfare offers a two-year, full-time program of study leading to the fully accredited Master of Social Welfare (MSW) degree. Students are prepared to practice with specialized skills at specific intervention levels, and are thoroughly grounded in social science knowledge, social welfare policies, and social service organizations. MSW students complete a generalist practice foundation curriculum, and an advanced curriculum in one of five areas of specialized practice, known as concentrations: Aging; Child and Family Services; Community Mental Health; Health; or Management and Planning. All students also complete both a foundation and an advanced agency-based field practicum. Additional special program options include the School Social Work Credential program; a certificate in Social Work with Latinos; and combined master's degree programs with the Goldman School of Public Policy and the School of Public Health.
The PhD in Social Welfare
Berkeley Social Welfare's doctoral program develops scholars who challenge conventional wisdom and make significant contributions to the field of social welfare and the profession of social work through excellent research, teaching, policy development, and administration. Berkeley doctoral students become proficient in research methodology and experts in their area of interest, and ultimately demonstrate scholarly competence by publishing their dissertation.
Source: Berkeley Academic Guide