The Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research prepares students to become effective social work practitioners, advocates for social and economic justice, and leaders in the social work profession.

At the GSSWSR, students learn about social work with individuals, families, and groups, as well as with organizations and communities. Our students learn a holistic, trauma-informed approach to social work practice with an emphasis on the importance of diversity and inclusion. 

Our faculty have a wide variety of research interests and skills which enable students to have rich educational experiences at the GSSWSR. The school’s traditional strengths in clinical practice, social theory, and research help to foster a generative community that values innovative approaches that reach across traditional silos to better address the central problems we face as a field. 


Trauma-Informed Curriculum

GSSWSR's trauma-informed curriculum prepares students to be aware of, and responsive to, the impacts of trauma on individuals, families, organizations, communities, and the broader society. Our curriculum includes a required course on “Trauma-Informed Social Work” and across our curriculum we explore core aspects of trauma-informed care.

Our Primary Areas of Focus for Research and Teaching


Health and Mental Health Across the Lifespan


Children, Families, and Society