Social Welfare

Graduate Degrees: Ph.D., M.S.W., M.S.W/Ph.D.

Apply for Admission: December 2, 2019 (M.S.W, M.S.W/PhD, PhD) December 2, 2019 (FlexMSW)

Required Tests: GRE (general test) - Not required for MSW Only program.


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. All MSW students complete a foundation curriculum in generalist social work practice; an advanced curriculum that prepares students for practice in a chosen area of specialization; and a field education curriculum including agency-based field placements and integrative field seminars.

Certificate Programs

Additional special program options include the School Social Work Credential Program; a Social Work with Latinos Certificate; and Graduate Certificate in Aging.

Concurrent Degree Programs

Berkeley Social Welfare offers a Concurrent MSW/MPH Degree with the School of Public Health; and a Concurrent MSW/MPP Degree with the Goldman School of Public Policy.

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, ultimately demonstrating scholarly competence by publishing a dissertation. 

Source: Berkeley Academic Guide

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