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School of Social Work
school of social work students meeting at Temple University College of Public Health

Our faculty are some of the top in the region, contributing in the media locally and nationally, and our alumni core is one of the largest in the area.

Located in the city of Philadelphia we offer students opportunities to work directly with communities in need.


23% growth-rate in many areas, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among the fastest growing sectors in human services field. 

Reaching out

Today, more than four decades after Temple University launched its School of Social Work (SSW), the professionals who walk out our doors play an increasingly vital support and advocacy role for the young, the old, and others trying to cope with life’s complexities. They continue to deliver on the SSW mission to strive to transform society by eliminating social, political, and economic injustices for poor and oppressed populations and advance the quality of life.

Our program uses education to affect social change; research and scholarship to advance knowledge and generate evidence-based strategies to resolve problems; public research to aid the dissemination of knowledge and evidence based strategies; and continued responsiveness to the changing needs of constituents through collaborations and partnerships with communities, agencies, and organizations. 

Organizations using social work experts include:

  • Social service agencies
  • Correctional institutes
  • Schools
  • Local/state/federal governments
  • Healthcare
What Makes Us Distinct:
  • We are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • International programs include collaboration with the FHE University of Applied Sciences Erfurt in Erfurt, Germany, as well as exchange and summer program opportunities at Temple's various international campuses
  • Educational partnerships include the Home-School Visitors Program with Bryn Mawr College and Specialization in Faith-Based Social Work with the Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • Our dual degree program lets M.S.W. students concurrently earn their Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree

Career paths in social work tackle issues related to HIV/AIDS, mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, juvenile justice, health services, hospice services, community capacity building, violence against women, organizational diversity, child welfare,  teenage pregnancy, elder abuse, and poverty.