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About The School

Mission and Goals

The School of Social Work (SSW) is dedicated to societal transformation to eliminate social, political, and economic injustices for poor and oppressed populations and to advancing the quality of life for all through:

  • Education emphasizing the discovery of knowledge, use of critical inquiry, and application of professional ethics to guide solution seeking and action to effect social change among professional social workers in front-line, supervisory, managerial and leadership positions.
  • Research and scholarship to advance applied knowledge and generate evidence-based strategies to resolve problems occurring between people and their social environments at local, state, national and global levels.
  • Public service to aid the dissemination of knowledge and evidence-based strategies.
  • Responding to the needs of constituents through collaborations and partnerships with communities, agencies, and organizations.

The goals of the School of Social Work are: 

  • the preparation of ethical and culturally competent social work practitioners and leaders who are committed to social and economic justice, the eradication of barriers and the fullest development of human potential; 
  • the provision of educational opportunities to a diverse population of students representative of the constituencies served; 
  • the production of scholarship and research that contributes to social work's knowledge base; and
  • the engagement in service-related activities with relevant constituencies.

Why Us?

  • Full-time, part-time and online program options
  • More than 500 internship sites
  • High passing rate for initial social work licensure exam
  • 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
  • Dual degree program lets M.S.W. students concurrently earn their Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree
  • Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

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.