About the UAlbany-SUNY School of Social Welfare

What is the UAlbany-SUNY School of Social Welfare? It depends on whom you ask.

Financial Literacy Resource CenterFor students - in the bachelor's degree program, MSW degree programs, and Ph.D. study - the School is an open door to successful careers in social work. Students:

  • Play an active role in classes and research led by internationally respected scholars and practitioners
  • Acquire hands-on experience through the School's numerous community partnerships
  • Learn state-of-the-art social work techniques in a quality educational experience
  • Take advantage of unique international experiences in countries such as South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Liberia, Tanzania, Zanzibar, South Korea, Russia, Haiti, and Peru.

For state and community agencies, the School is both a willing catalyst and a responsive partner to help resolve today's most pressing social problems. Together with our partners, we:

  • Create new models for best practices
  • Spark change in social welfare policy
  • Advance the cause of serving those in need
  • Discover more effective practices and policies, along with root causes and correlates of social issues

For the human services research community, the School is a nexus of research leadership in many significant areas. Our toped ranked faculty are leaders nationwide in terms of research productivity; many faculty members have been asked to participate in the profession's most important studies and leadership initiatives. Collectively, their scholarship has brought the School to a position of leadership in numerous fields, such as:

  • Aging, including award-winning caregiver supports, the creation of elder-friendly communities, extensive gerontological research, and an entirely new model for teaching leadership in the field
  • Diversity, involving an array of demonstration projects and outreach scholarship on key topics, including health disparities and culturally competent HIV and mental health services
  • Children and families, involving new systems of care for children, family resource centers in agencies and schools, cross-system collaboration and collocation of services, early intervention and prevention programs, and an array of innovations in child welfare (as demonstrated in the new National Child Welfare Workforce Institute)

The UAlbany School of Social Welfare's BSW and MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and lead to careers in social work practice. Ph.D. programs lead to academic and research careers.